One of the great privileges of my current position is being able to watch talented teachers teach and to share ideas with them. On Monday I was observing a particularly enthusiastic NQT teach about Fairtrade. When I was teaching geography full time this was something I used to really enjoy teaching the children about. In fact I even had a go at teaching the parents a thing or two!
Anyway, as I was observing and learning from the lesson, I started to think about a great Deepzoom Fairtrade activity that could be used for future classes by myself and other people. I had an opportunity to try it out today and the children responded really well to it. It’s sort of based on the hard Rock Café example that I saw at the NAACE Conference in that you zoom out from the picture to revel each stage.
I’ve embedded the Photozoom file at the end of this post and a video showing how to revile the picture. I made the picture using the Deep Zoom Composer which is a powerful and free Microsoft download. Here’s a walk through to explain that every part of the ‘zoom out’ has a story and learning point.
I started zoomed in on the Fairtarde Logo (see the video at the end to find out how). I talked with the class about fairtrrade and the sort of products that carry the Fairtrade Logo.
Then I zoomed out to show the football – discuss with the class why footballs are fairtade and the advantages / disadvantages of buying fairtrade products like this. Do the class know of any celebrities who endorse fair-trade products?
Then zoom out to show the boy kicking the football – I asked the class if they thought this was someone who buys or makes fair-trade products? How could they tell? and why?
Then I zooned out to show the ‘Weymouth and Portland’ postcard. I explained that Weymouth and Portland is Fairtrade town / area of the UK. I asked the class what they thought
Fairtrade towns were or if they new of any in Scotland. I also used the Weymouth and Portland to link to the 2012 Olympics.
Then I zoomed out to show the Aberfeldy postcard as well. This
was Scotland’s first Fairtrade Town. We discussed the closest Fairtade
town to Musselburgh – its Longniddry if you didn’t know.
Then I zoomed out to show the African classroom. I explained that some children in less economically developed counties (LEDC’s) can really benefit from fairtrade as it means their parents get a guarantied price for their crops. In some cases this means that their children can be sent to school. I emphasised that in some African counties primary education is free but secondary education requires payment. I tried to link the education discussion to job prospects etc…
Then I zoomed out to show the PowerPoint slide. We talked about the other direct benefits to the grower of Fairtrade. This included education, microfinance, healthcare, standard of living, sustainability etc…
Then I zoomed out to the school classroom. I linked this to the importance of educating everyone about Fairtrade and ethically traded products.
What do you think? Feedback welcome?
Video of ‘zoom out' below: