Survive a Zombie Apocalypse

Survive a Zombie Apocalypse

Students will develop a Zombie Management Plan to help us survive a zombie apocalypse. Different types of zombies will be researched and discussed through books, movies, and games.

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Class Duration: October 26-December 14

Class Size: 3-8 learners

Age Range: 14+

Full Enrollment: $180
Full Enrollment with Feedback Add-On: $210

Students will develop a Zombie Management Plan to help us survive a zombie apocalypse. Different types of zombies will be researched and discussed through books, movies, and games.

This class will be high-interaction and involve a group project.  We will brainstorm and discuss material and ideas in class and online.  Online participation in discussion forums between live meetings is required.  Learners will be expected to collaborate during the course to work on projects together using online tools, then share and present on their project findings in the final session, and answer questions by other learners and instructor.

Learners may choose whether or not to speak/use voice and whether or not to use a webcam. Learners may choose to interact using text in lieu of voice during class.  Out-of-class discussion documents will be available for learners to contribute ideas in non-real time. 

Learners will have options between a live presentation or a pre-recorded audio/video presentation for class.

We will meet live as a group on the following Tuesdays from 1-2pm Eastern: October 27 and December 15.

To interact in class: Computer with internet access, microphone strongly recommended, camera optional. 

For project: Access to relevant source (book/movie selected by learner from list). Relevant tools to create project and present (such as slide presentation program access if a slide presentation will be used).  Minecraft and similar programs that allow creative building are valid options for project creation and presentation.

1 hour for live session, 1-2 hours per week for out of class work

Read/listen/watch and recall relevant information. Engage in respectful discussion with peers and instructors, collaborate with partners and group members. Manage time to work independently and over a long period of time.  Communicate facts and information to peers and instructor.

Learners will develop problem solving skills that include: analyzing a problem, brainstorming together, delegating tasks, drafting initial plans, revising plans and providing feedback.  Learners will work in groups of at least 2 to create their plans and work independently (without active instructor involvement) on projects, preparing updates to share periodically.

ISTE standards: 1a, 1c, 2c, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, 5c, 6a, 6b, 6c, 6d
Bloom’s Taxonomy: Apply, Analyze, Evaluate, Create

Families and learners will be invited to share with the instructor about any special needs or accommodations that are necessary or helpful for the class.  Families and learners will be able to contact the instructor with any concerns. Instructor will work with learners to choose a project format that works with learners abilities and needs.  There will be at least one email (or other method) check-in around the midpoint of the course.

We will discuss zombies as fictional monsters that engage in scary violence against people. This can include discussions of disease, rot, eating brains, and ways to neutralize a zombie (beheading, fire, dismemberment).  We will reference popular media sources for zombies like movies, TV shows, and video games, some of which may involve violent or scary content. 

We will discuss media that includes somewhat graphic depictions of zombies and violence, such as I am Legend (2007), Plague, Inc, World War Z (book).  Additionally, difficult social issues like poverty and lack of medical care, and medical issues like infections and symptoms, may be touched on. We will reflect on our own emotional response to scary or anxiety-triggering situations and think about ways to manage them personally.

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