Friday, May 28, 2010

An end ... not the end

Well done.
Now is your chance to tell me what you thought about this format of learning. Be honest, but as always polite. :)

The next step in this unit is to apply the research tactics and activities you have practiced on our website and blog to the production of your assessment task. Don't forget, many of the websites we accessed through our HIV / AIDS website will have pertinent information for your topics.

Task sheets have been handed out and discussed, but if you have any further questions - come and talk to me.

I look forward to seeing you at our "Summit on Disease in Africa" in two weeks.


Advocate for a response you have researched.
You may produce your proposal in the form of a written response, a powerpoint presentation, a graphic design project ... just post the response you will be advocating for and the format you will use here.

Don't forget to take off your rose-coloured glasses and present the drawbacks as well as the strengths.


If you are looking here, you're in the wrong place. :)
Go back to the website and re-read the 'Impact' page.
Good luck!


Today's post is going to be an opportunity for you to freely reflect on what you've just been reading coupled with your previous knowledge and experiences.
Choose one of the links from the website to reflect on.
Remember, if you've had an 'AHA!' moment, share it. If you've had a 'hmm' moment, share it.
More than a couple of sentences, less than a page.

Graphs and Maps: Part 2.

People Graphs at

After viewing the six people charts on the Aids in Africa website, respond to the following:

Which graph most impacted you and why?
Which graph was the most visually surprising?
Give an example of how the website creators altered the graphs to illustrate a point.

Graphs and Maps: Part 1.

From the .jpg map you are viewing, answer the following questions: (note: you might need a map with country names to jog your memory)

1. List 3 countries which have the highest prevalence of HIV.
2. List 2 countries which have a prevalence rate of 0.5% - less than 1.0%.
3. Rank the continents in order of prevalence rate - highest to lowest.
4. Pick two continents - and list the countries with the highest and lowest prevalence rates (make sure to state the rate).

The object of this exercise is to get you to practice gleaning information from a choropleth map and its accompanying statistics.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Some Facts

After reviewing the data sets online, here is your task:

1. Pick one data set.
2. Create a graph (your choice of type) to illustrate the important data. You must pick at least three countries / areas and at least four development indicators to graph. You may hand draw or use a computer graphing program to complete this task.
3. Share your graph on the blog. If hand drawn, scan and upload to blog as an image. If completed on the computer, upload to your account in the school network, and attach to blog from there. (Any questions, come and talk to me)

**hint** think back to graphing activities completed during the Feeding the World's People unit.

The Disease

After reviewing the sites mentioned in the website, give a brief explanation of how HIV / AIDS differ. Try not to repeat a class member's post - but find something else to add to our discussion. Feel free to mention anything that was new or surprising to you in our readings.


Welcome. I hope you will each take the time and the opportunity to reflect thoughtfully upon the learning that we are encountering in class and on the Internet.
After each class session, I will post the initial question or comment for the class to respond to. I encourage you to respond to each other's posts as well (That's one of the beauties of a blog). Make sure to adhere to the class guidelines on respectful blogging behaviour.

I will be reviewing the blog and comments each day. Let this journey of learning begin...