Technology & Culture
An Inquiry Based Project
Inquiry Based Learning
- formulate effective questions to guide our research and inquiry
- locate & select information relevant to our investigations from a variety sources
- create a research plan, assess and analyse information, synthesize findings, and communicate results effectively
- identify how technological changes affect individuals
- identify how new technologies affect social structures
- explain how technological advances lead to cultural adaptations
So what is this project about?
The area of focus: Technology & Culture
Identify some recent technological changes & describe how they affect individuals.
For example: impact of internet access, impact of mobile technologies.
Explain how various new technologies can affect social structures and interactions For example: impact of BYOD and technology use on student learning, positive and negative impact of technology on medicine.
Explain how technological advances lead to cultural adaptations.
For example: rapid introduction of new technologies creates a cultural lag that leads to social problems and conflict.
FORMULATE A QUESTION
What makes a great inquiry question?
A great inquiry question is open-ended and typically does not have a correct or final answer. It invites further investigation and often leads to more good questions.
As a guideline, a good question:
- is an invitation to think (not recall, summarize, or detail)
- comes from genuine curiosity and confusion about the world
- makes you think about something in a way you never considered before
- invites both deep thinking and deep feelings
- asks you to think critically, creatively, ethically, productively, and reflectively
GATHER AND ANALYSE SOURCES
Where do I find the information to answer my question?
Your podcast should contain:
- at least 5 minutes of talk time PER group member
- additional media (audio from Ted Talks, videos, interviews, etc)
- analysis of primary research that you conducted
- a discussion or dialogue about your research and NOT a pre-scripted presentation of ideas
- podcast elements that you feel would enhance your podcast (music, guest speakers, etc)
What should you try to avoid:
- acting, creating characters, or pretending to be persons other than yourself
- content that is not relevant to your topic (i.e. commercials, ads, full songs)
- using your full name or the full name of other students
- making light of the subject matter, unnecessary jokes, or trying too hard to make it entertaining