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Keywords: Virtual Museum, Cold War, History
Subject(s): Art, Photography, Civics, Social Studies, Video, Social Skills, Spelling, Technology, Geography, Grammar, Writing, History, Music, Reading
Grades 10 through 12
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Weymouth High School, Weymouth, MA
Planned By: Michael Murphy
Original Author: Michael Murphy, Weymouth
Class: US History II & World History
Topic: Cold War
Material: Computers, MS PowerPoint, Storage (memory)
Time: This exercise should take 5 days from Researching to the presentation
Standards: The project meets the requirements of the Massachusetts State Social Studies Frameworks.

Plan: Students will be given the theme and prompt for the project. Then they will be paired up to discuss what Cold War topics they wish to research. No topic can be done twice.

After brainstorming a topic, students are given a lesson on the use of the template and where to store their material when they are finish (i.e. shared folder). After the preview, students begin the research phase of the project. As they find material, they add the graphics and explanations as exhibits into their virtual museum. Students are encouraged to use other functionalities of PowerPoint to their project (i.e. embedding music or movie clips).

When project is completed, the shared folder is loaded on computers in a central room for public viewing.

Grading is based on the rubrics for the following: Technolgy use, collaboration, problem-solving, research, and written communication
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
The proposed lesson plan is designed to grow across the curriculum as it could contain ELA (Cold War Literature/Writings of the period/propaganda), Science (military technology), and Fine Arts (Art, photography, music).
The natural progression and hope is to build a permanant place in our school where students can create a real museum for the Social Studies to exhibit the thematic work of their students.
Materials: Mobile Labs, Hard Drives, Slideshow
Other Items: 25 HP Pavilion 15t-n100 Notebook PC Engergy Starr with MS Office, $ $619.98 each
1 Luxor Laptop computer workstation and storage cabinet, $809.00 each, total of $809.00