Global trade, Global connections, HSIE, Year 6, NSW
Skwirk.com Interactive Schooling is a website that has resources for stages from Foundations to Year 10. It requires subscription and it generously provides a 3 Days Trial Sign Up. On this website, it provides a range of information on the different key learning areas including HSIE. Within each subject, there are the main topics for each stage. It includes videos, animations, games, images, interactive activities, worksheets and exams. This learning portal caters for all students with different academic and social capabilities.
Skwirk dedicates a whole topic on Global Connections which includes Global Trade, with 3 chapters: What is Global Trade?; How is Australia globally connected through trade?; Imports and exports.
There are many interesting animations to explain Global Trade as well.
Teachers can use this resource in their classrooms in many different ways. For example, interactive smartboard activities are provided where the teacher can use the resource as a class to discuss, and to engage students into the Global Trade—import and export topics.
By putting Skwirk in the school website, students can also access this website at home. Teachers can give students homework from the website.
Another example of using this website on Global Trade is where teacher presents a chapter under Global trade such as Export and Imports. http://www.skwirk.com/p-c_s-1_u-22_t-219_c-736/nsw/hsie/global-connections/global-trade/imports-and-exports
Teacher ask students what they have already known about export and import and what they have learnt as a class. As a class, teacher reads and discusses with the students a chapter from Global trade, showing and enlarging the pictures and animation that are beside the written passage. According to Petty (2009, 196), through asking students relevant recall questions, it will help them see the subject as a whole rather than disconnected detail. As a result, there will be great ‘effect sizes’ of students’ learning.
Students are then given a laptop each where they are to navigate to that webpage. They are to click into ‘Activities and Exams’ and complete all the activities listed. Students will also complete the Printable Worksheet provided by the website by going through the written passage again by themselves. These above activities can thoroughly utilize the resources of the website and help students thoroughly understand the topic of major Australian exports and imports.
Petty, G. (2009). Evidence-Based Teaching: A Practical Approach 2nd Edition. United Kingdom: Nelson Thornes Ltd.