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Adapted from "Technology in the Classroom, A Global Perspective on Virtual Reality," in Issues in Global Education. New York: The American Forum for Global Education, June 1997, No.142.
The Internet gives students and teachers access to an enormous volume of information. Because of the broad range of resources available, students can gather materials which represent multiple perspectives and then analyze and debate significant global issues. Obviously, this activity can be applied to a wide variety of topics selected by the teacher and students.
The goal of this activity is to provide students with opportunities to increase their skills in gathering, using, analyzing and evaluating information related to a topic of their own choosing through the use of the Internet.
The progress indicators cited reflect desirable end goals. Teachers should be prepared to use a wide variety of observational, testing and authentic achievement evaluation measures in judging the progress of students.
Given the opportunity to work in groups, the students will identify a topic relevant to their discussion of free trade and interesting to research. They will demonstrate their ability to organize themselves to perform the necessary research, prepare a written report and to present their findings to the class as a whole. This activity will further illustrate the students' capacity to use information technology for gathering, organizing and presenting the information.
The assumption made by this activity is that the students have been studying the topic of free trade and its impact on the world economy. The initial discussion might be based around a statement such as the following:
Briefly review the fundamental concepts of free trade and free markets. Some of the questions the class might want to examine are:
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