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Welcome to the Contemporary World resource and activities section on LEARN.  
Please browse through some of what is available below.

Teaching and Learning Tools (CW)

Evaluation Strategies (LEARN & Partners)

PACC Adult Education Evaluation Support materials
Teachers Matthew Taddeo and John Mackett, working alongside Pedagogical Consultant Shiela Sachdeva, have produced a series of sample questions and a complete review test with curated documents.  These tools effectively support the intellectual operations for the Adult Contemporary World 1 course (Environment Population, Wealth).  Their working Google Doc folder is available now!  Go to site

Learning Situations (LEARN & Partners)

Tensions & Conflicts - Rwandan Genocide Learning Intentions document collection
A working set of documents and other curated resources in support of program-specific learning intentions (targetted knowledge in the precisions).  Also, this collection uses three Model Teaching strategies suggested in the MEES C.W. training sessions in 2018. 
To access working Google Document:   Go to site 

 

Tensions & Conflict: The Rwandan Genocide through graphic novels and interviews
An examination of history through media, using interviews and video testimonials of survivors, and through use of the graphic novel Smile Through the Tears. 

Teacher's Guide Word doc:  Download  PDF version:  Download  
Student Booklet Word doc:  Download  PDF version:  Download 

Wealth:  Distribution of Wealth and Emerging Economies
(Balancing social justice with economic development)

An approach that looks at poverty and economic disparity around the world, examines causes and reflects on our own role as consumers.  Students look at products we use in everyday life, media representations of those products, and consider real responses from youth in the emerging economies where those products are produced.  Archive of older Google Doc version:  Download

Power:  The sovereignty of states and economic or political associations 
The case of Turkey and the European Union

LES that examines economic and political associations.  Focus on European Union, history and issues in general, then interpretation specifically around the entry application of Turkey to join the EU.  Link to archived Google Doc version:  Go to site

Tensions and Conflict: Behind and Beyond the Oil Barrel
LES on the theme Tension and Conflict, focussing on present-day issues surrounding oil production and related foreign interventions.
Student Logbook PDF:  Download   Teacher's Guide:  Download

 

LEARN Web-based tools

Cartograf Mapping and Drawing Application
LEARN-RECITUS open-source, interactive web-based mapping and drawing application. It allows students and teachers to create and share maps, collect and analyze images, and work collaboratively on class projects!  Go to page

LESSONS ONLINE RELATED TO C.W.

Making Sense of World Conflicts
Teach about war and conflict using this free resource for teachers Oxfam.
https://www.oxfam.org.uk/education/resources/making-sense-of-world-conflicts

Teaching Divided Histories - International Conflict from Schools Online.
five lessons that describe and summarise conflicts that have taken place in Northern Ireland, India, Lebanon, Sierra Leone and South Africa https://schoolsonline.britishcouncil.org/classroom-resources/list/teaching-divided-histories-international-conflict  

 

Section under construction. 
Send lessons you have found or made for CW to prombough@learnquebec.ca

Curated Resources: Key Sites, Maps & Video Collections

GENERAL REFERENCE AND EDUCATIONAL SITES

RECITUS Monde contemporain
A great site for searching news articles and other resources related specifically to the various themes in the Contemporary World program.  Visit Monde contemporain:  Go to site

Taking it Global
A resource site and community action platform that also contains theme-related search abilities and "action tools" related to various global issues.   Go to site
 

ENVIRONMENT

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Go to site

Environment & Society Portal by @env_and_society
Gateway to open access resources on the human-environment relationship. 
 

CONFLICT AND TENSIONS

List of ongoing armed conflicts on Wikipedia
Identifying present-day conflicts and the death toll associated with each conflict. Go to site

Amnesty International
Well-known human rights organization.  View also their country by country listings for various issues and conflicts. Go to site

 

 

MULTIMEDIA

Emilie Bowles' amazing Youtube Playlists! 
FGA RECIT Consultant, Ms. Bowles has collected many videos that also align with the Secondary Contemporary World course content areas: 
Environment   |    Population   |    Wealth   |    Power   |    Tension & Conflict 

UN Audiovisual Library
Main site here for Archives, current and live videos.  But check out their search tool!
Universal Declaration of Human Rights Multilingual Video Collection
Search by "Article number" Go to siteCollection

Environmental Film Profiles (videos) from Environment & Social Portal
Video content on multiple facets of the environment-society relationship Go to site

TED talks Topics:  Example on Environment: 
A collection of TED Talks (and more) on the topic of Environment. Go to site
Or just browse all topics here!

CNN Videos
Still a good place for brief videos of events around the world Go to site  

BBC Video Headlines
Video section of headlines of world news   Go to site

AP Archives (Associated Press Youtube archives)
View AP Archive’s videos via this channel – the collection offers 1.7 million global news and entertainment video stories, which date back to 1895   Go to site

CURIO.ca - A few relevant video collections
Environment:   Reduce, Reuse & Rethink  |  1000 Days for the Planet   |  Human Impact on the Environment  |  Arctic Meltdown  |  
Conflict and Tensions:   War and Peacekeeping    

 

MAPS AND STATS, ETC.

Global Conflict Tracker by 
Great reference for current conflicts around the world. Go to site

Environmental Justice Atlas 
A teaching, networking and advocacy resource, database, to learn more about the often invisible conflicts taking place. Go to site

Gapminder
Videos and an app for generating statistical representations of world issues and realities over time.  Note also the teacher section for older resources.  Go to site

Worldmapper
A collection of world maps called cartograms, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest. Go to site

MapsNWorld site
Older site but still some useful visual representations according to different issues.  Ex. World Environmental Issues map and World Climate change.  Go to site

Views of the world
Blog with resources and maps with different perspectives for thinking about world issues. Go to site

Aqueduct
Measuring and Mapping Water Risk Go to site 

Center for Systemic Peace, conflicts tables
Older data you might want to verify elsewhere. Conflict trends page has graphics:  Go to site 

Global Conflict Risk Index
"an index of the statistical risk of violent conflict in the next 1-4 years and is exclusively based on quantitative indicators from open sources."  Go to site 

 

Professional Learning

LEARN Blog entries for Social Sciences teachers

The LEARN blog is full of fascinating articles, all of which can contribute to your development as a teacher... and they are fun to read!  Here are a few especially for us Social Sciences folk:

  • Feedback Street: Formative Assessment in History.  Go to page 

  • Flipped History: A new approach for a new curriculum.  Go to page

  • History of Quebec and Canada – Planning for a new curriculum.  Go to page

  • Rapping Across the Curriculum.  Go to page

  • A Time and a Place for Elsewhere: The Role of Context...  Go to page

  • Geolocalize it: The global context of everything.  Go to page

  • iPadding… upstream! How do you manage it?  Go to page

  • 3 a.m. blogging, and why social sciences should be social, & public! Go to page

  • Cartograf: Taking time for power mapping.  Go to page

  • Imagining a more meaningful and contributive future for education.  Go to page

  • History, reality…. and parties.  Go to page

  • Life stories in the classroom, and beyond!  Go to page

 

ICT in Social Sciences

The RECIT and LEARN often promote the use of technology in the social sciences.  Here are few examples in English and French to wet your appetite:

iPads in Social Sciences (Archived from old site for now)   Go to site

 

Le RÉCIT de l'univers social is our French-sector equivalent, offering various training sessions and site sections on technology use.  Here are a few examples :

Learning Communities & Professional Associations

GeoscopeVarious associations and groups allow SocSci teachers to communicate and share, and to develop as professional learners.  Here are a few key groups:

Secondary 3 History Professional Community
Commununauté Histoire du Québec et du Canada. Go to site 

Quebec Association of Geography Teachers and Global Educators Go to site 
Note:  Geoscope Issue Fall 2018 now available

L'Association Québécoise pour la didactique de l'histoire-géographie. Go to site 

Association québécoise pour l’enseignement en univers social. Go to site 
Visit and join their Facebook page and group too!  Go to site 

Société des professeurs d'histoire du Québec. Go to site 

Le groupe des responsables de l'univers social. Go to site 

MEES Program Documents - Secondary Social Sciences

Below you will find various Ministry of Education program and evaluation documents for the Secondary Social Sciences domain.  (Contact Paul R. if you find broken links!)

Quebec Secondary Programs in Social Sciences
The QEP program documents describe course aims, competencies to develop, and course content.

Cycle 1 History and Citizenship Education  Download

Cycle 1 Geography Program Go to site    Download

Cycle 2 History of Quebec and Canada Sec. 3 & 4 program Download

Cycle 2 History of the 20th Century   Download

Cycle 2 Cultural Geography Download

Cycle 2 Financial Education Program Download

Cycle 2 Contemporary World  Go to site   (Or view PDFs for Four credits  Two credits

Note that the main MEES Programs of Study page, where you will find these  "General Education" Secondary School Education Programs and older programs, is now online here:  Go to site  

 

Progression/Precision of Learning documents

Cycle 1 History & Citizenship   Go to site

Cycle 1 Geography  Go to site 

Cycle 2 Contemporary world  Go to site   (Or view PDF's for Four credits or Two credits)

History of Quebec & Canada.   (See instead "knowledge" within the program Download)
 

Evaluation Frameworks
Below are links to the individual evaluation frameworks.  You can also visit the main MEES site and browse by subject to review them  Go to site

Cycle 1 and 2 - History & Citizenship Education  Download

Cycle 2 (New) History of Québec and Canada program  Download

(Older) History & Citizenship Education framework  Download

Cycle 1 Geography framework  Go to site   (Or Download

Contemporary World online version Go to site   (Or Download

Financial Education  Go to site   (Or Download

 

BAMD:  MEES approved books site
Bureau d'approbation du matériel didactique

Go to site

 

 

CONTACTS & CW News

Paul Rombough

My main dossiers at LEARN include:

Me... Paul Rombough

Social Sciences (CW, History, Geography)
Ethics and Religious Culture
Physical Education and Health
Education for Reconciliation
Sexuality Education

 

Paul Rombough @paulrombo

Some other Twitter folks worth following

Emilie Bowles @ebowles_RECIT 

Matt Russell @historyrussell 
Craig Bullett  @RECIT4ESSB 
Dan Hedges @dhedgegrove
Joan Zachariou @SSLBPSB
Maureen Baron @maureenbaron

RÉCIT de l'univers social @recitus

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