UNESCO World Heritage Centre
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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World Heritage Centre website is a great resource for a teacher to use both personally (To gain an understanding of the topic) and in the classroom (Combined information and ICT lesson).
This Website is a great resource for a teacher to use to gain understanding of the topic that they are teaching. This website gives both a synopsis and a detailed description of the Great Barrier Reef’s location, features, current issues and its reasons behind being named a natural world heritage site. It also contains various videos that explain the importance of the reef and how it became to be a world heritage site, as well as a gallery of photos that can be used within the classroom. One of the benefits of the website is its up to date News and events section, which has various links to news reports and documents that relate to the Great Barrier Reef and its environment. These links would be useful within the classroom, as learning about current issues is an important way to engage students in topics and events. The website also has various links to other websites that include conservation websites, government sites and other websites that give relevant and current information about the reef and its current situation.
As it can be seen, this website would be great use for teachers who may have little knowledge or want to refresh their knowledge with current information about the reef and its situation within the environment. As this websites provides many facts and information about the reef, teachers may also use this resource to develop key questions they may want the students to answer and develop the answer to through their sequence of lessons. Key questions provide focus and direction to student investigations, and teachers should develop these questions with student’s interest and capability in mind (Gilbert & Hoepper, 2011, pp. 58). This resource allows for a teacher to have the answers and develop the questions they believe their students will be able to answer and achieve in developing knowledge for the outcome ENS3.6.
This website could also be used in stage 1 of inquiry, Establishing what we want to find out. The features of the website itself, such as the easy to read layout, well labeled tabs and safe content, allows for this website to be shown to the students. Even though students may not understand some of the language that the website presents, the teacher could easily use this website as part of an introductory lesson into the reasons behind it being listed as a world heritage site, exploring pictures, watching videos etc. and combine it with a ICT lesson. The teacher could show students the use of hyperlinks, embedded videos and the safe use of the internet, while still developing their understanding and introductory skills of the topic.
This resource has great benefits not only for the teacher and their own knowledge, but also for the students, either directly through an ICT lesson and introductory lesson or indirectly through the development of critical key questions for their future learning.
Reference: Gilbert, R. & Hoepper, B. (2012). Teaching Society and Environment. 4th Edition. Victoria: Cengage Learning.