Grade Level
5th Grade/Social Studies Research
Current Project
Opinion Survey/Design and conduct a survey to find out what a particular group of people - a target group - thinks about an issue.
Current Learning Standards Addressed
21C.O.5-8.1.LS.3 Student presents thoughts, ideas, and conceptual understanding efficiently, accurately and in a compelling manner and enhances the oral or written presentation through the use of technology. 21C.O.5-8.1.TT.9 Student uses telecommunications tools (e.g., email, web pages, blogs, discussion groups, list-servs, etc.) to learn academic content and to gather, share and publish information to various audiences. 21C.O.5-8.2.TT.2 Student collaborates with peers, experts, and others using telecommunications and collaborative tools to investigate curriculum-related problems, issues, and information, and to develop solutions or products for audiences inside and outside the classroom. 21C.O.5-8.2.TT.3 Student uses multiple technology tools for gathering information in order to solve problems, make informed decisions, and present and justify the solution.
Summary of Current Lesson
Students discuss, in small groups, topics that are important to their community, school, social, or global society. They create survey question to be sent out to a targeted audience. The results are then compiled and analyzed by the students to see trends and/or to gain an outside perspective of the issue the addressed.
Analysis of indicators of Engaged Learning in Current Lesson (strengths and opportunities for improvement).
Indicator Strengths: The project is student driven because they are given the opportunity to select their own topic. They can decide on their target audience and develop survey question they feel are appropriate for their topic and audience. Using technology, they collaboratively create the survey and responses. They also must decide on the platform they will use to conduct the survey. It is suggested that the surveys be sent out via email or be conducted by traditional paper/pencil /interview methods. The data that is collected is then compiled in the classroom and entered into Excel where it is then used look for trends, validity, and to develop conclusions.

Opportunities for Improvement: To help move students beyond the typical methods of data collection, we suggest they incorporate other methods of such as online survey tools e.g. Survey Monkey. The advantage of using tools such as this is there is the opportunity of collecting data from a wider audience and the results are gathered and a format such as CSV or .xls so they can quickly develop graphs to analyze the data. Also, this project does not have the students create a final project; nor does it have any global implications.
Summary of Technology Uses in Current Lesson
Students are asked to use email and Excel.




NEW Adaptation Title
Communicating in a Global Society
Learning Standards Added (if any)
None
Summary of Your Adaptation
Students will discuss and develop survey questions concerning methods of communication, comparing past and present day. As a class, students will discuss methods of communication, how those methods have changed over the years and who would be individuals they could interview to discuss. The class will be divided into 4 small groups and will be asked to interview specific age/generational groups e.g. Senior Citizens, Baby Boomers, Gen X, Gen Y, Millennium, and military personnel that have experienced communications abroad. They will then return to the classroom with their results to discuss similarities and differences in their findings. They will then develop common survey questions to that will be posted on an Internet based survey site like Survey Monkey. The students will then be paired via ePals or a similar platform to Skype or Blog with their selected age group in another country. With the data that is collected, students will present to their peers using Movie Maker, Power Point, etc., to compare and contrast their findings with other groups in an effort to attempt to predict future trends in communication.
How you strengthened the use of technology and the Indicators of Engaged Learning
Data collection was taken to a higher level by allowing the students to use various forms of technology, like Skype, to speak directly with individuals of other cultures. Students will have the opportunity to compare none technology based means of communication, like party lines, to the types of communication they are accustomed to like Facebook and texting.