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Big History: A Proposal

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Justin L.

on 27 May 2013

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Transcript of Big History: A Proposal

“(Big History) shows how everything is connected to everything else. It weaves together insights and evidence from so many disciplines into a single, understandable story — insights from astronomy, physics, chemistry, biology, anthropology, history, economics and more. It made me wish that I could have taken Big History when I was young because it would have given me a way to think about all of the school work and reading that followed.“ — Bill Gates Concept of Big History Origin Stories Where is humanity ultimately moving towards? What does it mean to be human? Where do we come from? Chemistry Explanations societies have for "when" and "how" everything began. Big History is an origin story from the perspectives of science that can be part of everyone's history. Geology Mathematics Economics Physics Psychology It bridges the gap between the disciplines of history and science showing connection between human history within the context of the Universe All energy was created in the Big Bang. Because we're just killing ourselves. Utilizing energy is the foundation of modern society. Because energy powers human growth. History of Big History/Where Implemented Historian David Christian first coined "Big History". Former Professor of History at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.

Taught the first Big History class in 1989. Where Big History and similar courses have been taught: Eight high schools for 2011 Pilot: Lakeside School (Seattle WA)
San Diego HS (San Diego CA)
Greenhills School (Ann Arbor MI)
Northville HS (Northville MI)
Rivers School (Weston MA)
Brooklyn Latin School (Brooklyn NY)
Narrara Valley HS (Narrara Valley, New South Wales, Aus)
Nossal HS (Berwick, Victoria, Aus) Big History creates a true blended learning course. Aligns to the standards of the Common Core Interdisciplinary Approach - Learning Outcomes Use various approaches to knowledge
Conduct interdisciplinary investigations
Reading, comprehending, and critically evaluating multiple sources of information
Creating, communicating and evaluating Works with partners to constantly adapt and improve the course It's free. Resources Allocation of an elective unit in 9th or 10th grade One or two teachers flexible enough to teach Internet access School agrees on cooperation and regular assessments They will pay the school to offset teachers' costs. Advancement of Education Challenges of the Project Getting the right, appropriately forward thinking schools Finding teachers that are flexible and adaptable Aligning to national curriculum standards Creating a course that must be able to work online 1989 - 2000 Sydney, New South Wales, Aus (Macquarie University) 1994 - Present Amsterdam, The Netherlands (University of Amsterdam) 2001 - Present Late 1980's Dallas, Texas (Southern Methodist University) San Rafael, California (Dominican University of California) 2003 - Present Eindhoven, Netherlands (Eindhoven Institute of Technology) 2007 - Present Brisbane, Queensland, Aus (University of Queensland) 2009 - Present Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Amsterdam University College) 1980's 1990's 2000's 2010's History of Big History/Where Implemented
How Big History Advances Education
Resources Required
Challenges of the Project What is our purpose? Concept of Big History
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