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The project’s essential question was “Who Owns History?” and was inspired by a History Channel special on Dr. Zahi Hawass, the Secretary General of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities. The two collaborators used two Web 2.0 tools to structure and support their lessons: SCAN and Livebinder. SCAN is an online learning tool which promotes critical thinking, considering different points of view, and collaborative decision making. The media specialist also found non-fiction articles of varying levels of ability to support the different learners in the classroom. In the children’s self-reflections, students described a high interest in the lesson. They enjoyed the SCAN online site because they felt their “voice was important and would be read and considered by every other student” (p. 29). TregoED, the creators of SCAN, have created templates designed to help students discuss an issue from multiple (four) points of view. Teachers or librarians can insert text to describe each point of view and allow students to select “who” they want to be for the discussion. Students can type their responses to the issue, and also click to see how their classmates in their roles responded. Teachers have access and editing privileges throughout.
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Overall, this was a great sample lesson that could be adapted to many different issues, topics, and classes. Although the SCAN site is paid, it does offer some unique tools for aiding in developing point of view, critical thinking, writing skills, and participation.