What is our goal?

In this project, you and your team are on a question to create the most compelling vision of the future backed up by current research and thought. Using the Book Physics of the Future with an emphasis on your chapter and your research, you will create your own website using this wiki to explain to the world about this technology. You do not have to agree with the book's conclusions but the conclusions you make about your topic should be backed up with evidence. (Hyperlink it.)

NOTE:
After we research our topics, each team will be tasked to create a compelling video together on your topic, so make sure you save great high resolution screenshots and videos as you find them for use in the final project.

What will we be learning?


Writing, Reading, Co-Creating Standards

  • We will compare and contrast the research you find and the author's conclusion in his book.
  • We will determine the purpose and motives of various media as we work to determine credible sources of information on trends in society.
  • We will compare and contrast individuals, ideas, and events in our book and research.
  • We will evaluate the advantages of different formats to present a topic as we determine which research should be shared in our text and which should be in pictures or embedded videos, and which should be in our final vision explaining the topic to the world.
  • We will be writing for multiple audiences: classmates, collaborators, and the world.
  • We will be examining how the author addresses differing facts and opinions and work to address differing facts and opinions as we co-create.

Technology Standards (ISTE NETS)

This project has been designed to meet every ISTE NETS Standard for students. These standards are designed to help teachers design activities that prepare students for a technological world requiring a new set of thinking and problem solving abilities. Here are some of those standards with what you'll be doing to meet that standard in the parentheses. We want you to know WHY you're doing what you're doing.

1, Creativity and Innovation:

You will demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.

a. You will apply what you already know to generate new ideas, products, and processes. (Creating the wiki and video on your topic.)
b. You will create original works as a means of personal (Your reflective posts and responses to questions, end of project presentation) and group (wikis and videos) expression
c. You will use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues. (We will seek out models, videos, and simulations to help us understand the science behind what we're studying in order to share those with an audience who will be reading our work.)
d. Identify trends and forecast possibilities (This whole project is intended to have you analyzing trends and forecasting possibilities. Note that we want what YOU forecast and you are allowed and encouraged to disagree with the author of our text if you can cite research to back up your conclusions.)

2. Communication and Collaboration:

You will be using digital media and environmetns to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.

a. Interact (Google Hangout), collaborate (wiki and video), and publish (wiki and video) with peers (other students), experts (project leaders and authors and experts you may interact with on social media and on their personal authoring spaces), or others (our final projects will be published publicly) using a variety of media and formats (wiki, multimedia, photography, video).
b. Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.(wiki, multimedia, photography, video, social media as we share what we're doing, presentations via online presentation tools)
c. Develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures. (International survey of students about opinions on trends and soliciting feedback.)
d. Contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems. (collaborative projects)

3. Research and Information Fluency

Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.
a. Plan strategies to guide inquiry (use the wiki discussion threads to pose questions, leave comments about additional questions, and guide the research process)
b. Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources of media (we cite sources, we quote on a limited basis, and we never plaigarize. Your work should be original.)
c. Evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks. (Students will curate and evaluate sources of information as they research and will select tools to allow them to collaboratively edit but also to simulate the use of and the appearance of the future trends in ways that are believable on film. This may require animation, greenscreen, chroma key or many other methods as well as creative in-person methods for filming trends that are feasibly 100 years into the future.
d. Process data and report results. (You will be tabulating and evaluating the results of the international survey done as part of this project.)

4. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making

Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.
a. Identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation. (You will be asked to predict problems or societal shifts that will be caused by the occurrence of this trend.)
Plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.
c. Collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions (Your international survey and interactions with experts and others via social media.)
d. Use multiple processes and diverse perspectives to explore alternative solutions. (You will use books, online research, and interactions online with modern experts to solicit multiple perspectives and explore alternative solutions and conclusions to those in the book or proposed by experts.)