This Web lab works well with a group of students within a classroom.
After you have read the directions
and tried the Web lab yourself, please consider the following suggestions
for using this activity within your class:
Before beginning the activity, give each student an index card
with 3 small sticky notes with their name. After the computer generates
the random exchanges, have students trade sticky notes. For example,
students first trade sticky notes with their partners listed in
exchange 1. Then students trade sticky notes with partners in exchange
2 and so on. After 3 exchanges each student will have an index card
with the names of their three partners. This simple act of exchanging
names actively involves students in the simulation and allows them
to make a real connection with their virtual partners.
For the epidemiology portion of the activity, encourage students
to work in small groups (4-6 students) to determine if anyone within
their group could have been an initial HIV carrier. Have the small
groups work through the discussion questions,
then compare the responses from each group. For example, the question
about punishing a man that knowingly exposed his girlfriend to HIV
often elicits a variety of responses among groups. In turn these
responses foster interesting and lively class discussions.