The economic impact of tourism in Europe
- Open the graph: GDP of Europe.
- One by one, turn on the data for all the continents except Asia.
- Ask the students to look at the data and discuss in groups what it means.
- Ask students to predict where the line for Asia will go. After getting the feedback from students, turn on the line for Asia.
- Open the graph Unemployment in Europe and press play to show how unemployment changes over the years.
- Watch part of this video. Ask students to discuss the link between the graph and the video.
- Open the graph Tourism Departures and Expenditures.
- As you slowly advance the timeline, ask students to guess which bubbles are which countries as you move through the years.
- 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:
- Describe what you see in this slide.
- What do you think about that?
- 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.
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
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.
5 Independent 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.