Engaging with and utilizing technology is an important skill for students in the 21st century. Population Education offers two fun and engaging ways to bring tech into your classroom and increase students’ technology literacy.
Interactive Population History Website
The Interactive Website on Global Population History
The cornerstone of World Population History is an interactive map of the world, where dots represent human population (one dot = one million people). At any time between 1 CE and 2050, you can zoom in on the map and click on individual dots to learn more about the population of that area.
Turn on any number of map overlays to see how fertility rates, carbon emissions, land cover, and life expectancy have changed around the world as population increased.
A historic timeline accompanies the map, offering context to the population numbers indicated on the map. Milestones relating to food, technology, people and society, health, and the environment inform about events, inventions, and social movements that have impacted human numbers over time.
Resources for Teachers
Four contextual readings and six classroom lessons plans are available to help teachers utilize the site in the classroom. These detailed, teacher-friendly lessons incorporate a variety of the site’s features as well as hands-on simulations that are sure to be meaningful and memorable.
Student Video Contest
The World of 7 Billion Video Contest
Every year we challenge students from around the world to produce videos that link population growth to one other global challenge and offer an idea for a sustainable solution. Cash prizes are awarded to the producers of the 18 winning videos and the contest is open to students grades 6 – 12. All contest information and resources are available on the World of 7 Billion website, including the ability to stream past winners.
The global challenges for the 2016-2017 contest are climate change, ocean health and rapid urbanization, and the deadline for entries is February 23, 2017. Winners were announced on May 9th, 2017. You can watch the winning videos from last year and read about the student fimmakers here.
Resources for Teachers
Access a variety of tools to help incorporate the contest as a class assignment, including a fully developed lesson plan, the contest judging rubric, and a graphic organizer students’ can use while developing their script. Additionally, you’ll be rewarded for having your students participate – we’ll give you a complimentary set of Population Ed resources when 10 or more of your students get involved in the contest.