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Master of Disaster Youth Education

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Author/Publisher/Website: www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/preparedbc/public-education-programs/master-of-disaster
Copyright:
Evaluation/Record Entry Date: Apr/2020
Submitting suppliers/Website: Not Available
Recommended Grades and Subjects/Courses: 4-8
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Resource Description

This digital teacher resource provides access to articles, videos, and various resources to support the implementation of an emergency preparedness program in the classroom. The “Master of Disaster” website provides digital material that can be printed as well as a multimedia library with links to books, articles, video, and audio clips that supplement the content. Suitable for Grade 4–8, this online resource uses bright and engaging graphics to deliver information that will help students and families prepare for a natural disaster. Teachers may want to use the resource to help students learn about safety procedures, how to make a plan, and about various natural disasters.

CURRICULUM FIT

Does the resource support BC curriculum?
Extensively
This product supports the Core Competencies of the BC curriculum:
Communication
Critical thinking
Personal Awareness and Responsibility
Social Responsibility
Comments:
The “Master of Disaster” material aligns with the Physical and Health Education Curriculum for Grade 4–8, specifically for the Curricular Competencies addressing Social and Community Health. Science, Social Studies, and Career Education extensions are also included. Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies curriculum is included for Grade 6–8, specifically in the area of empathizing, how to make a plan, and in the area of understanding safety procedures.

SOCIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Social Considerations Comments:
This resource supports student learning without social considerations.

GENERAL CONTENT

Content
Should this product be identified as Canadian?
Yes
Is the resource engaging?
Extensively
Is the content current for the intended curriculum and grade?
Extensively
Is the content accurate for the intended curriculum and grade?
Extensively
Is the content timely and important for student broad understandings?
Extensively
Is the resource an Authentic First Peoples Text?
Yes
Audience:
Is the content appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Extensively
Does the resource provide opportunities for creative and critical thinking?
Moderately
Can the content be differentiated?
Moderately
Can reading level be adjusted?
Not at all or slightly
Is the level of detail appropriate?
Extensively
Is the language use appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Extensively
Comments:
This is a digital teacher resource with articles and video resources for student use. A single student resource (workbook) is for Grade 4 through 8, and therefore, the reading level is difficult to adjust. Graphics are bright and engaging with a cartoon quality while depicting relevant information. A section of Authentic First People's content has been added, sharing stories from First People's perspective.

TECHNICAL DESIGN

Does the resource make effective use of the medium?
Moderately
Is the navigation throughout the site intuitive?
Moderately
Is the content exportable in a variety of file formats such as wpd, doc, pdf, xls, etc.?
Not at all or slightly
Are images clear?
Extensively
Is the sound quality clear?
Extensively
Is the interface uncluttered?
Extensively
Descriptors:
Search engine can search the entire site
External links are operational
Provides optional print formats
Displays in mobile devices
Comments:
The site navigation could utilize more up-to-date file-download formats. Navigation through the site was not intuitive because it is directly linked to the BC Ministry's main site. It is easy to get into other sites without realizing you have left the "Master of Disaster" content. The multimedia library provides access to articles, videos, and other resources organized by natural disasters and can be found in the form of books, media, and audio clips.

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN

Is the instructional design effective and appropriate for the intended audience?
Extensively
Is the resource suitable for a wide range of learning and teaching styles?
Moderately
Are the instructional elements consistent with the purpose of the resource?
Extensively
Are the concepts clearly explained?
Extensively
Does the progression in learning go from the simple to the complex?
Moderately
Are the content chunking and sequencing appropriate?
Extensively
Does the resource provide multiple strategies to help learners construct meaning?
Extensively
Does the resource support a gradual release of responsibility i.e. explicit instruction, guided practice, independent learning?
Extensively
Does the resource provide varied opportunities to demonstrate learning and extend thinking?
Moderately
Does the resource provide appropriate tools for assessment?
Not at all or slightly
Does the resource support the transfer of learning to personal or applied contexts?
Extensively
Comments:
The resource includes lots of information and activities that are mostly pencil-to-paper style, making it difficult to adapt this resource for a wide range of learning and teaching styles. There is no true progression of learning as it is mostly informational. There is mention of the possibility of extensions, but they are not included in the teacher information packet. Tools for assessment are not included as part of this resource.

DIGITAL CLASSROOM REFERENCE

Does the reference cover topics with sufficient depth for the intended audience?
Extensively
Does the classroom reference have a bibliography and footnotes?
Moderately
Does the classroom reference use multimedia to support learning?
Extensively
Do the external links contribute to the learning experience
Extensively
Descriptors:
Basic search
Primary reference material
Comments:
The online resource includes a list of additional resources that were used in the development of the program, but the information is not cited throughout the content. There is a basic search bar for the website that will search the entire "gov.bc.ca" site, which can take the audience away from the "Master of Disaster" site as there are no keyword options. This resource has a focus on one subject area and does not include an extensive list of subtopics.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE VENDOR

Mac Version(s) :
na
Win Version(s) :
na
Is Active Directory integration available for updating user data?
Yes

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Readability:
At intended grade level(s)
Comments:
The resource includes a teacher's guide that has a simple outline of goals and suggestions for each section of the unit. All resources are available digitally but can be ordered and delivered free of charge to teachers who would like to implement the program. The "Master of Disaster" website has been recently updated to include new information relevant to British Columbia.

SUGGESTED CLASSROOM USAGE

Comments:
Complete as a class unit in order to help prepare students and their families for a natural disaster. Use portions of the package to learn about disasters, or focus on one disaster common to your area. You could also allow student choice in studying different disasters of interest.
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