World Telecommunication Day, May 17, 1997
This folder is intended to help teachers make the best use of
the materials offered as part of the "Days of the Year" project.
Please note that May 17 is a Saturday.
The Basic Plan
- The site will open on May 7, exactly ten days before World
- The theme of this year's day is "Telecommunications and
- Background information provides a context for the main theme,
which is kept under the section entitled, "Telefocus".
Subjects and levels
- Most of the information and activities are designed for
students 11-16 years of age. However, much of the information is
useful to both younger and older students. The timeline
acticivity, for example, is more appropriate for primary school
- The subjects appropriate for the event are: Social Studies,
Economics, Computer Studies, Economics, Mathematics, Language
Arts, Geography, History, Civics, Government and Current Affairs.
What to do with the resources on this site
- Decide how many sessions/classes you want to dedicate to this
topic. Each section of the site can be a full class activity.
- If you only plan one or two classes, it is recommended that
you only work on this year's theme, "Telecommunications and
- Each section can be taught or used independently. They can all
be used at a later date as this site will remain on this site.
- The sections are linked to activities and questions that can
be used in class, with the main activity being linked to the main
- The sections:
Telebrief: what is the International Telecommunications Union?
Teletimeline: a history of telecommunications and the ITU
Telecom facts: where is the internet now
Teleconomics: the economics of telecommunications
Teleview: how the information society can help the environment
Telefocus: telecommunications and humanitarian assistance
All the above pages can be printed and photocopied for use in an
- The activity under Telefocus requires creativity, imagination
and a basic sense of world affairs. Students will read a scenario
which has been taken from a real situation. Based on the
information provided, they will have to plan a relief operation.
Once they have completed that, they can view what actually
happened and compare their own account with the real world one.
Telecom Day: In order to focus on telecommunications, you can
organize a school-wide Telecom Day by having a demo for your
school, as well as parents and others, of what the internet can
do in the classroom. You can use the CyberSchoolBus or other
educational programs as a showcase.
Debate: You can also organize a debate on the future of
telecommunication using this year's theme of humanitarian
assistance. Debators could take up one of these two sides:
For: "Technology will help poor countries by allowing for more
efficient humanitarian operations."
Against: "Technology hurts poor countries by widening the gap
between the information-rich and the information-poor."