Working with my class of Social Studies this year the natural starting point had to be the Scottish referendum. The people in Scotland had to answer this important question: Should Scotland be an independent country? The questions seem difficult to understand for my Norwegian students. What are the implications? What will be different? Why do they want this, or do they? We had been looking at some numbers and to us, it seemed like a done deal. The No vote was in a clear lead. Reading on the web page Scotland’s referendum the questions seems to be: In essence, this whole debate can be boiled down to a simple question of “who decides?”. To borrow the words of Canon Kenyon Wright as reported in the Scotsman: “Where should the final word over Scotland be – in Westminster or in Scotland?”
Why Google hangout?
Reading some of the feeds on my Facebook page I noticed some interesting comments and pictures of the Ballot paper on Ewan McIntosh‘s page and I asked him if he had time to enlighten 25 students and their teacher. He said yes and suggested a Google Hangout. Even if I had used it before I hadn’t thought about the advantages. You can read about it on Google’s web page where they say; you can broadcast your conversation to the world for free on YouTube. Ewan did that and after the conversation, the students could listen to his answers when writing on their blog articles. A very good idea, I would recommend this to other teachers when working on topics that concern different countries. If you have a personal learning network, if you are connected with Twitter and Skype, try to invite experts into your class. Use Google hangout and work on the material afterward. Our video is below!