This will be the last set of posters to use in classrooms for the time being but here is a great way to make some excellent cross curricular links with history and social studies (or IT in General Society - ITGS for all the IB teachers out there!)
I am perhaps lucky in that I have taught history before (in fact before I started focusing more on the teaching of computer science) and it has always been a huge interest and passion of mine. and so this idea of using Counter factuals (virtual history that attempts to answer "what if" questions) was inspired by reading books like What If?: Military Historians Imagine What Might Have Been by Robert Cowley (shown on the right here with an example of a real propoganda wartime picture on the left.)
This allows for many different aspects for students to explore:
- Link into recent events such as the Arab Spring and use of social media
- Relate to digital literacy and e-safety (perhaps for a country as well as for individuals)
- Allow group work and collaboration to research a topic
- Creation of different content (my examples below all relate to the second world war and are posters) but the topic could be anything at all and the content could be only limited by the hardware/software available (to create podcasts for VLOGS for example)
All the posters can be downloaded below (both A4 and A3 size) which can either be printed out and used on the wall as posters or handed round different groups to stimulate student discussion.
For other ideas for teaching in general or specifically teaching aspects of Computer Science / ICT and Business, click here.