Archive for May, 2013


Posted: May 30, 2013 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized
Word: Unintended Consequence
Def: Outcomes that are not the ones intended by a purposeful action that can be positive or negative.

Type 1:  What are some unintended consequences here at school? At war?

Today we explored unintended consequences of war by watching and discussing clips of “Ross Kemp in Afghanistan”


Posted: May 28, 2013 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized

Word:  Asylum

Def:   a person persecuted for political opinions or religious beliefs in his or her own country may be protected by another sovereign authority, a foreign country, or church sanctuaries.

Type I:  What does the chart below (you may need to click on it to enlarge) tell you about asylum seekers?


All lessons today contain sound.  Please mute your computer.

Step 1:  Against All Odds – Refugees

Issues such as depletion of resources, crowding, cultural warfare are often the consequences of overpopulation.  These problems can lead to people fleeing their native lands in search of freedom.  Complete the activity below to learn about and empathize with refugees.

(*You may want to “Yes! Register my game.” when asked if you are not quick at video games so you can complete it over two days*)

  • As you play the game stop after each section of 4 activities and record 5 sentences about what you have learned about refugees.  You may even want to stop after each mini game and add some notes which you can use to synthesize your learning.

Section 1:  War and Conflict – running from persecution


Section 2:  Border Country – can I say here?


Section 3:  A New Life – loss and challenge



Please write a short summary (1/2 pg double spaced if typed / 1pg double spaced  if hand written EACH)  of 2 examples of refugees you can find on the internet.  Your summaries must include

1.  What conflict are they escaping?

2.  What is their country of origin and where are they seeking asylum?

3.  What is a short description of their journey and/or arrival?


Posted: May 28, 2013 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized
Word:  Refugee
Def:  Someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence.
Type I:  Analyze the map below and what these people might be facing today in their new nations.
Today we had a Prezi on world conflict and cooperation from table 9 and then watched the Ted talks below discussing conflicts and signs of peace.


Posted: May 24, 2013 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized
Word:  Malaria
Def:  Tropical mosquito-borne infectious disease caused by protists which travel to the liver to mature and reproduce. Malaria causes symptoms that typically include fever and headache, which in severe cases can progress to coma or death.
Type I:  What are ways to avoid getting malaria? 
Today we shared our country health project and recorded notes on other group’s info using this sheet – world health projects peer review


Posted: May 23, 2013 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized
Word:  Tuberculosis
Def:  A bacterial disease spread by airborne particles – symptoms of active TB infection are a chronic cough with blood-tinged sputum, fever, night sweats, and weight loss
Type I:  Analyze this image (click to enlarge)
Today we continued work on our country and its health concerns.  See yesterday’s post for items needed by tomorrow!


Posted: May 22, 2013 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized
Word:  HIV (Human immunodeficiency virus )
Def:  a slowly replicating retrovirus that causes (AIDS) a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections and cancers to thrive.
Type I:  What else do you know about AIDS and HIV and where in the world people are affected?
Today we began our country health project… Items needed by the end of tomorrow’s class:
Each group member must do one of the following:
1.Create a short bulleted paragraph of health issues and how they are being addressed (5Ws)
2.Draw visual of steps taken to address the health issues in your part of the world (Who is doing what for whom?)
3.Create a song and/or lyrics addressing what is happening in your country. (Message out)
4.Create a fake FB page complete with discussions, “likes”, friends, events, etc.


Posted: May 21, 2013 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized

Word:  Sanitation

Type I:  In what ways do sanitation and world health connect?  (think both small and large scale.)


With 7 billion, poop problems assignment

Posted: May 20, 2013 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized
Word:  Pandemic
Def:  epidemic of infectious disease that has spread through human populations across a large region very quickly.
Type I:  Why are pandemics a more recent issue in human history?
Took notes/answered questions:

Why are epidemics and pandemics a relatively recent phenomenon in human history?

How do war zones and natural disaster sites become breeding grounds for infectious diseases?

What happens to the influenza virus every 20-40 years, and why? What are the recent example(s)?


Posted: May 16, 2013 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized
Word:  Arab Spring

Term for a revolutionary wave of nonviolent and violent demonstrations, violent and nonviolent protests, and civil wars in the Arab world/Middle East that began on 18 December 2010 (and still continuing)

Type I:  How could technology be used in revolutions like Arab Spring?
Assignment:   After watching the videos below, answer the question:  “What would the reaction be to the internet/phones being shut down at Loy Norrix?  In your State?  In the entire U.S.?


Posted: May 16, 2013 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized

Word: MOOC

Type I:  What type of MOOCs would you like to take?

Assignment:  10% summary CLICK HERE