The project takes the form of a WebQuest in which the children explore the topic “The Inca”. The children take on the role of a TV production team, researching a series of programmes on the Inca civilization. Each team is allocated a topic for a programme in the series. Topics include building, farming, religion, leaders and government, clothing etc. The groups research a topic using the internet – guided by a series of questions and hyperlinks.They visit specific websites, gather, collate and interpret information, and present their findings to their peers.Each group must plan an “interview” with an “actor” playing the role of an Inca according to their topic (builder, farmer, ruler, priest etc). The interview can be acted out for the class, with “interviewer” and “actor” dressed in costume, and videoed if there is a camera available. The pupils’ area of the site includes: instructions, questions to guide the research and hyperlinks to each topic. The teacher’s area of the site includes: Instructions, hyperlinks for teacher information and suggestions for further development and integration with other subject areas.
What You Need
- Internet connection, word processor, printer, Multimedia software such as HyperStudio (optional), scanner (optional)
- Digital camera or video camera (optional)
- Art materials
- Pupils work in pairs or small groups
- Time required: approximately 4 –6 one hour sessions
This project addresses the Strand “early people and ancient societies” (Strand Unit “Central and South American Peoples”) of the SESE/History Curriculum for 5th and 6th classes. It addresses the skills and concepts developmentofworking as an historian, with particular reference to “ time and chronology”, “using evidence” and “synthesis and communication”. Modern pedagogical theory promotes the constructivist approach to learning, where a large part of the responsibility for learning rests with the learner, and the teacher’s role is that of guide and facilitator. Web-based learning is an ideal medium for this approach. In the SESE/History curriculum, great emphasis is placed on the extensive use of evidence by the pupils at all levels. Researching this evidence makes the history lesson an activity-based experience. Using the internet gives the children and teacher access to a greater range of sources of evidence and information. Along with the use of digital camera, data projector etc., it can also give children an added incentive for historical research.
- To allow each pupil to work as an historian according to the guidelines of the new curriculum in SESE History
- To employ ICT skills as an integrated part of a cross-curricular project
- To use the internet to research, gather and collate information
- To employ ICT skills in presenting their findings to their peers
Author: Christina Ní Dheaghaidh
- November 19, 2010