|Scooped by Leora Rudansky|
This resource is a video found on BTN (Behind the News), a long running news program broadcasted on Australia’s ABC, aimed for school students to learn about current issues and events in their world. This news report follows the story of students who regularly volunteer at an old age home as part of their community service program. Not only are these students able to understand the importance of volunteering, but are also able to interact with other people, some of whom they wouldn’t have the chance to interact with otherwise. This video really emphases the fact that volunteering is not only about giving up ones time but that all parties benefit as the volunteer themself gains a lot of experience.
Students are put into pairs and are given the task of researching an organization that they would be able to volunteer at. The ‘Volunteering Australia’ website which can be found at http://www.volunteeringaustralia.org is a good place to look. Once they have selected the organization, they are to write it on the whiteboard, in order to ensure that pairs don’t choose the same organization. Students are then instructed to produce a poster which includes: A heading, a short paragraph about the organization and the ways in which volunteers are able to help, pictures/photographs and a few interesting thoughts/ideas about volunteering in general. This can be used to asses the students understanding of the video as well as the task required of them.
According to research, it has been discovered that one of the most effective forms of learning is that of learning with others. Martinez (2006) believes that just as a teacher should model strategies for a class, so too should students interact with each other in order to improve cognitive functions. Swango (2002) also argues that in a social, interpersonal sense, all students, regardless of their level of ability, benefit greatly from group work since higher ability students become more understanding of lower ability students.