Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Here in the aftermath of Halloween, late night trick or treating (on a school night, no less), and sugar highs and lows, GTG is dedicated this week to checking out 7 billion--what it looks like in terms of population, and what that means for our planet. So, here's some "food for thought" and a few more finds (no, not quite 7 billion!) as you raid your Halloween stash!
1. 7 Billion and Me is a site with a boatload of information. Included is yet another running tally of our population growth, along with a bunch of other resources as well. (Kids do indeed find it pretty amazing as to how fast those counters move!). You can also include your demographics (including your birth date) to determine just how exactly 7 billion affects you. The website was created by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and it builds a bit of perspective on where 1 person can fit into the mix. You also could experiment with your students to see how the results change if you vary the demographics and home countries!!
2. The World of 7 Billion is another site, with a gazillion more goodies. Among other things there, you can find an interactive wall chart showcasing a timeline of population growth, middle & high school lesson plans, and activities for school wide events. You can also find student contest videos that were submitted by high school students back in May 2011 voicing how they, as students, could make a plan to be part of the global population situation.
3. On Free Technology for Teachers yesterday, Richard Byrne highlighted a story on NPR, Visualizing How a Population Grows to 7 Billion. It included a great video, which you can check out there, or here below.
Pic with numbered signs equalling 7 billion from http://www.unfpa.org/public/home, Video from NPR, and World of 7 Billion from www.worldof7billion.org .