Sunday, May 15, 2016

Discussion starters

Some time ago I developed a board game for a full day of ethics education for years 9 and 10. This board game explored copyright and academic honesty issues through scenarios printed on cards using a South Park avatar generator, which had a license to create for non commercial purposes. I have used the cards in IB workshops to start discussions on Academic Honesty and Copyright issues. They were well received and I had many requests for the cards.

The cards took many hours to develop, however, I was not able to share them using the images I had originally used so they needed to be redeveloped with new images and professionally printed the size of Taro cards (70mm x 121mm, 2.75" x 4.75") and shrink wrapped

As part of the redevelopment, I have updated and included more scenarios and included two new categories - Digital Citizenship and General ethics.

There are 70 cards in total comprised of the following ...
Copyright : 13 cards
Digital Citizenship : 19 cards
General Ethics : 15 cards
Academic Honesty : 23 cards

They are colour coded and numbered for each of the different topics.

Ways they can be used :

  • Ask the students to identify what they think is the worst behaviour of the scenarios to stimulate conversation about values, the unspoken rules of society (which societal rules? where do they come from?) and doing the right thing even if no one is looking. 
  • Students are to place the Academic Honesty scenarios in order from the least breach to the worst breach of academic honesty.
  • Used with a board game like trivial pursuit (with 4 categories instead of 6) where they need to speak to the scenario and make a judgement with something like a moral compass, in the case of academic honesty or copyright with the actual 'rules'.
  • Used as a conversation starter in a short pastoral care programme like peer support, like a card-a-day.
  • Have the students create a game with the cards where the discussion is the important part of the game.
  • Be a starter activity for teacher professional development on any of these topics.
  • Any way that you think would be useful.

They would be ideal to be used for Theory of Knowledge, Pastoral care, Citizenship classes and teaching about Academic Honesty and Copyright from 10 year olds through to adults.

If you would like a set of these cards, they are $25USD (this works out to be 35 cents a card) and includes postage to anywhere in the world. You can purchase them online from this page where there are also free resources to download.  

Some examples of the cards can be found below (the actual cards do not have the watermark).


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