What a busy week!
My students and I have made a little progress regarding our blogs and social media ‘scrapbooks’ for our novel study. We have started reading “Daniel’s Story” and have set up their blogs on FanSchool! Thankfully my school division has students complete a digital permission form for media consent, so the legality issues are handled before this unit even started. One challenge we face is for the two students in my room who can only have internal media permission (pictures around the school that won’t be posted to social media, the yearbook, and/or displaying their work in the building) but do not have external media permission (being included in social media posts, news broadcasts, etc.)
There are a few things we can do:
- First – FanSchool allows different levels of posting permissions. Students can post publicly, post privately to the “space” so that only classmates can view (this is what they will have to use) and lastly, students can submit so that only the moderator/teacher can view the post. In order for students to be able to communicate, connect, and comment on each other’s work, the private classroom is the best option. Those who have full consent can post publicly so that they are visible on our class blog site.
- Secondly, for the scrapbook, these students will do a hardcopy of the Holocaust Survivor scrapbook. Other students will full permissions are given the option of social media or paper scrapbook, and I would say its is about a 50/50 split of students who still wish to use paper and the others who would like to embark on the social media journal/scrapbook.
So far, I am quite pleased with FanSchool. This is my first time using the app and it has been very user friendly; students were able to link up to the site using their O365 accounts and almost immediately were able to get to work! From the back end of things, moderating is a little hard as there is no specific moderation page, you just have to click on individual posts and approve their request to post (be it public, private, or only to moderator). It is one more step and a little more work, but does give the teacher the opportunity to ensure content is appropriate and acceptable for the internet.
You can check out the blog posts here
My co-teacher and I have curated a number of different blog posts that do not revolve around the novel. Seen below, we are trying to tie in modern day content to make connections between a historical-fictional novel and the happenings in the 21st century.
|Blog 1: After the first chapter, what are your predictions of Daniel’s Story after hearing the introductory chapter, the assignments, your knowledge of historical events, and logical inferences about how the novel may end.|
|Blog 2: The Rohingya Crisis Video: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/rae-envoy-myanmar-rohingya-1.4694430 Questions from video to write in your blog: What does the term “Ethnic cleansing” mean? Why does it appear that the majority Burmese population, which is Buddhist, cannot live in harmony with their Muslim minority Rohingya neighbours? What is a refugee camp and what are the living conditions like for the Rohingya in their refugee camps in Bangladesh?In your opinion, what should the United Nations do to help resolve the Rohingya crisis?|
|Blog 3: Chinese Uighur – Videos Found: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sa7Ysf8HXDE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7RojQpJWMw Questions: Why is the Chinese government targeting the Muslim Uighur population in Western China?What is happening to the Uighur population in the Chinese-run internment camps?What is your understanding of the differences between an internment camp and a concentration camp?What can and should be done by the “free” peoples of the world to help resolve the plight of the Uighur people of China?|
|Blog 4: USA and Hungary: Trump and Orban’s border walls…USA and Hungary https://balkaninsight.com/2019/08/05/why-trumps-role-model-is-hungarys-viktor-orban/ Questions for Video: What is racism? Would you consider the actions taken by the leaders of Hungary and the United States to be “racist”?Do the attempts to build these border walls and to exclude the “undesirables” amount to legitimate attempts to control a country’s borders, or are they “attacks on the democratic foundations” of both the United States and Hungary?What possible solutions should countries pursue to legitimately work through these large immigration influxes that are occurring at the point in time?|
|Blog 5: Provide an update on your progress throughout this unit Some Topics to discuss: How is your paper/digital scrapbook coming? What platform did you choose? Are there any challenges or difficulties that you face? Is there a section or aspect of Daniel’s Story that you find difficult to digest? Does this history make you feel uncomfortable or upset? Any challenges or successes you have faced/found throughout the chapter questions and blogging response?|
|Blog 6: What similarities and conclusions can you draw between Canada’s colonial history (i.e. use of residential schools with Indigenous peoples) and the events that transpired under the Nazi regime in Germany? Use images and appropriate sources to discuss your findings.|
|Blog 6: Afghanistan Refugee Crisis: How many refugees did Canada pledge to accept after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan? Which groups of citizens was the Canadian Government actively targeting for refugee extraction from Afghanistan and why were they the “preferred choice?” Does it seem likely that Canada will be able to meet its proclaimed refugee target amount? Why or why not? What challenges do the refugees face once they arrive in Canada and begin a new life? Please provide insights and detailed facts were possible. https://globalnews.ca/video/8123970/questions-about-canadas-promise-to-accept-20000-afghan-refugees https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNtHsqA5P_Y – Longer listen but lots of key information. Scroll along and edit the video listen as you feel best for your level of understanding.|
Going forward, students will be working on their scrapbook as we continue navigating the novel. Their social media platforms should be up and running soon as they begin documenting their fictional journey! I look forward to seeing what imaginative content they create!