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This learning object is an image of the aftermath following Hurricane Katrina. For a more detailed description please view the learning object.
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This image is definitely great for analysis and a classroom discussion about the effects of a natural disaster on a community. Noting the fact that the two men are using a shovel and some type of pole in order to paddle the raft can relate to the large picture of adaptability and survival instincts that we as humans have. It is important with a book such as this that visuals be included into learning objects in order to give the students a real life perspective on the possibilities of disaster. However, the visuals should also include images of hope and endurance that will ease the students' minds, because this is a pretty intense topic. Nice job though, great visual.
Reading over the comments I agree with everyone that if you were trying to do a full hour long discussion on Katrina and natural disasters, then this image would not be enough. However, from my understanding L.O.'s are supposed to be short, 15 min or so sections of the class. Therefore, I find this a really good L.O. and I think it does a great job in capturing how devastating natural disasters can be while also given a glimpse to what a real apocalyptic type situation may look like.
I think that this is good learning object, and has students think about how real life events/ natural disasters could possibly lead to “the end of the world.” Although I think this picture is an effective one, I think that it could possibly be expanded as Louis discussed with prompted questions or possibly more images higher scale disasters. Overall I think that this could be a very effective learning object if given a few improvements.
This a good image showing the aftermath of Katrina. It shows peoples' neighborhood completely destroyed and would be a good discussion starter for how we can resolve the aftermath of natural disasters or even whether there are possible ways for us to help decrease the number of natural disasters that occur or how do we better prepare for natural disasters. However, I don't think this image gives the full effect of how traumatic a natural disaster could be. I think there are images that show destruction on a much larger scale that could better represent the aftermath of a natural disaster.
I should really learn to comment on this stuff sooner so that I'm not just repeating what everyone else has said. Anyway, I find this to be a very interesting image, especially on the topic of apocalypses as it is a bit apocalyptic in nature. But as other people have said, it is just an image, albeit one that could start a decent discussion if worked in with other images and information.
Katrina certainly caused many people to question the American government's ability to adequately respond to major natural disasters. Katrina is especially important because it wasn't just the hurricane that caused everything, but the failures of adequate human preparation is something to be blamed as well. I feel one picture, without much context on its own, won't sustain a discussion unless there is already heavy background knowledge about Katrina and these kind of natural disasters. Maybe it would help to include videos as well a long with more images.
This learning object will foster a good classroom debate about Hurricane Katrina and how the government should respond to future natural disasters. I like the image and the discussion the class will have about it, but I think more pictures or political cartoons should have been used in this learning object. I noticed during my internship that simply showing one image did not lead to as strong of a conversation as I had hoped for. Instead, I think this learning object would be much better if students had multiple images to view and to analyze. This would be better because students will be able to process more details and make connections as a result of seeing multiple images. I rated this learning object 3 stars because I think it is a good beginning, but still has room for improvement to make it stronger and more beneficial to students.
Great image. Yes you could definitely use this for disaster coverage as well as the apocalypse. I bet a lot of the students may have something to say about it..unless they were 5 during the event. You can use this to start of the unit, showing disasters and humanities response. you can also put this in a segment that talks about how can we survive these calamities. Themes could be adaptability, perseverance, charity, sacrifice etc. You could ask students to write about how this relates to the book, which part of the book does this reflect etc. You could sue this to discuss governmental and world organizational response to these larger than life events. Good job.
That's definitely a very poignant image, and it would certainly help with the aspect of making the possibility of these types of natural disasters seem that much more real in the minds of students, especially those too young to remember Hurricane Katrina. But based on your rationale and your description of how you plan on using it, I have trouble imagining a very productive class discussion coming from this one image by itself without any specific prompts. I think this is a good place to start, I just think that you would need more of everything for this to really work as a learning object; more images, more specific questions to ask the students in order to stimulate discussion, more of a concrete way to assess what students are actually learning from this activity, more information about the government relief effort, or lack thereof, so that students can actually come up with realistic suggestions concerning "what could have been done better and how the government can help victims of natural disasters in the future". Sorry to a be a Critical Carl, but to be completely honest it doesn't seem like enough time was spent on this learning object.