Crowdsourcing Technologies


This page develops the growing importance of crowdsourcing for developing more resilient governments and communities. It begins by exploring through a number of different resources the different types of crowdsourcing. Students are introduced to its broad range of uses through a card sort activity with many examples, which they categorize into types of crowdsourcing. Students then focus on how crowdsourcing can be used to develop improved resilience both for governments and communities.

Enquiry Question

How do governments and civil society groups build greater resilience through crowdsourcing technologies?

Lesson Time: 1 Hour

Lesson Objectives:

  • To describe the choices in regard to crowdsouring technolgies
  • To explain how both governments and civil society groups use it to build greater resilience

Teacher Notes:

Starter - What is Crowdsourcng? - Students should study the gallery of images and attempt to explain the different features of crowdsourcing. The infographic can also be used

1. Crowdsourcing Explained - Students can watch the introduction video and answer the question son their worksheet

2. Card Activity - Types of Crowdsourcing - Students should arrange the cards on examples of crowdsourcing and arrange them around the A3 sheet showing the crowdsouricng umbrella.

Following this they should discuss each example and how they help develop resilient government and organization.  Time should be allowed for students to develop these ideas into a written paragraph

3. Improving Governments - Students can the read the news article and identify ways crowdsourcing could revolutionize governance. An online Slate news story is excellent in term so discussing the merits of the Icelandic constitutional change example

4. Resilient Communities - Students can the study the diagram and comment on how crowdsourcing helps build more resilient communities

Starter Activity_What is Crowdsourcing?_Processes and Spatial Interactions

Study the images and suggest what crowdsourcing is and its different features

Look at the following clickable infographic and discuss what the term crowdsouring means and distiinguish the different types.

The following crowdsourcing umbella is useful for categorizing


Student Activity_ What is Crowdsourcing?_Processes and Spatial Interactions

Watch the following video on crowdsourcing and answer the questions on your worksheet


Student Activity_Categorizing Crowdsourcing_ Processes and Spatial Interactions

Print the crowdsouring umbrella as an A3 sheet and read the cut-out cards showing different examples of crowdsourcing.

  1. Arrange them around the umbrella to categorize them
  2. Discuss for each example how they help build organisational or governmental resilience
  3. Summarise the discussion in your own notes.

Crowdsouring Umbrella

Crowdsourcing Example Cards

Student Activity_Crowdsouring for Resilient Governance_Processes, Spatial Interactions and Power

Read the following resource adapted from a Guardian article and identify ways crowdsourcing has the potential to revolutionize future governance

Crowdsourcing and Governance

Read the following Slate news item discussing the merits of the Icelandic effort to crowdsource its new constitution

Student Activity_ How Crowdsourcing Builds Resilient Communities_Processes and Spatial Interactions

Study the following diagram and identify ways that crowdsourcing contributes to building resilient communities

Crowdsource the student ideas by using a free online survey feed. is a good one

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