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The economic impact of tourism in Europe

Students explore Europre through the lens of tourism
Adriaan v.
Technology coordinator
International School Of Düsseldorf
Düsseldorf, Germany
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We showed students a real-life problem occurring in our economies. We demonstrated, with the use of Google Public Data Explorer, the rapid economic growth of Asian economies and the slow growth of European economies. At the same time he demonstrated the connection between the rise of Asian economies and how it correlates with outbound tourism from those countries. With this real life problem in place, students were asked to develop a tour of a European country designed to capture some of the Asian tourism money, but not excluding other locations. 

Students will:

  • research their selected countries. 
  • understand why people travel and what people look when they travel.
  • understand that tourism plays important role in economies. (Explore how much money tourism plays a part of their explored country)
  • read and understand visual texts using VoiceThread. (Graphs from European travel commission report)
  • create, share, and use electronic/digital maps. using Google Maps 
  • analyze sources to make an informed opinion about place.
  • locate, analyze, synthesize, information from social media using Trip Advisor.
Social Studies
Grades 6 – 8
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1 Hook

  1. Open the graph: GDP of Europe.
  2. One by one, turn on the data for all the continents except Asia.
  3. Ask the students to look at the data and discuss in groups what it means.
  4. Ask students to predict where the line for Asia will go. After getting the feedback from students, turn on the line for Asia.
  5. Open the graph Unemployment in Europe and press play to show how unemployment changes over the years.
  6. Watch part of this videoAsk students to discuss the link between the graph and the video.
  7. Open the graph Tourism Departures and Expenditures.
  8. As you slowly advance the timeline, ask students to guess which bubbles are which countries as you move through the years.
  9. Finally ask students to reflect in groups on the data they have just seen and identify one problem and one possible solution to the problem.




2 Guided Practice

Students will explore visual texts found in this publication: EUROPEAN TOURISM 2015 - TRENDS & PROSPECTS (Q3/2015).

Students will work in pairs answering the following questions about each of the visual texts found in this VoiceThread:

  1. ​Describe what you see in this slide.
  2. What do you think about that?
  3. What does it make you wonder?

Students will leave their answers in the form of voice comments on each of the slides.

Each pair will do this for 2 slides, then move on to the next slide where they will listen to the answers of another pair and leave a comment of their own.

3 Research

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Students will now start doing research into their assigned countries using the five themes of geography. They need to find out what the top five tourist attractions (man-made and natural features) in there country are and find information on those.

Students will use a Google Document to record the information they find in their research so that the teacher can have continuous access to the document and easily leave feedback

Student Instructions

Sample of Student Work

4 Real-world research

Students find reviews for 3 of their locations using TripAdvisor. Up until now students would only have found factual information about their locations. This allows students to get the full picture of their locations and to see what real tourists experience at the location. The students need to select at least one 5*, 3* and 1* reviews and then write their own opinion of the location based on those reviews.

This introduces students to using social media to do research.

Student Instructions

Sample of Student Work

5 Independent Work

Students create a new map using Google My Maps. They create pins on the map for each of their selected attractions and copy their summary into the description. This map will be embedded into their iBook in the next step.

Student Instructions

Sample of Student Work.

6 Assessment Task

Students will collate their research into formatted article using iBooks Author. The article will contain essential tourism statistics about their country as well as the top 5 tourist destinations. Students must also include copyright free images, maps and quoted travel reviews from travel sites.

Students will include their selected TripAdvisor reviews in their article to show how tourists experience their locations.

7 Publish

Students publish their complete iBooks to WriteNow Books where anyone will be able to download and read them. This provides students with a real-world audience for their work and ensures that the work has a real purpose.

Student Instructions

Sample of Student Work