1. The teacher will introduce unit by showing a short video clip related to a type of disaster. The video "Extreme Weather: Tornadoes 101" is attached; however, if other types of disasters are more common, or have occurred more recently, consider one of the following:
2. Follow the video with a teacher-led discussion that explores the experiences of the students related to disasters.
- What disasters have occurred in the lives of the students?
- What were the results and effects of the disaster?
- Were there any injuries?
3. Wrap up the discussion with the introduction of the essential question: How can we plan and prepare to minimize the impact on people in the unfortunate event of a natural disaster?
4. Challenge students to create a product (ex: Public Service Announcement) to be shared with the entire community that will educate residents on what to do in advance of a disaster to minimize the effects. Inform them that they will need to create a product that can be shared easily and one that will work on a variety of devices.
5. Introduce (or reintroduce) the Educreations app. Remind students of the process of recording video using the iPad. For a brief, step-by-step tutorial of Educreations, see the attached Educreations Tutorial.
6. Allow students to select a type of disaster that they wish to educate others about. Provide them with the Masters of Disaster Product Rubric as well as the requirements outlined below.
7. Students will utilize print and electronic sources to gather and evaluate the latest information regarding the possible effects on their community in the event of a disaster of the type selected. Students will outline these possibilities and research the best preventative measures and identify all possible preparations that could be made to reduce the negative effects. Students will identify, contact and interview an expert in a field related to their chosen topic. The interview could be related to background information, or could be included as part of the preparedness efforts. The research gathered will be converted into a script that could be included in the Educreations project.
8. Students will use the iPad to create, gather and organize all video, photo, text, and audio elements of the project.
9. Students will use the Educreations app and the resources gathered to create a project that includes the following: (Adapt as needed based on grade level)
- A presentation of at least 1 minute.
- The presentation should include at least 1 picture.
- The presentation should include at least 1 text box used to identify an on-screen object.
- The presentation should include audio instructions or description performed by the student(s).
- The presentation should include information that could help the audience better prepare for a disaster.
10. Students will share the product with one other team for peer review, and evaluate the feedback provided to make improvements and/or changes (as appropriate, may need to be teacher-led review).
11. Students will produce a final copy of the product and share the Educreations link with the teacher for electronic distribution to the community. Students under age 13 will need to save to teacher's account with assistance.
12. Students will create a short survey using Google Forms that will be provided electronically to the community members to complete. This survey should include no more than five questions designed to evaluate the effectiveness of the product. Based on grade level, this activity may need to be teacher-led and directed.