Developing a Project
Simple steps. Immeasurable impact.
Step 1: Brainstorming.Get your students excited by showing examples of past projects and then ask them to name existing technologies that they would like to explore. Then form teams and give students a deadline to choose a topic.
Step 2: Get to know the subject.This is your opportunity to teach students about different research methods and how to utilize research sources and create a bibliography. You can start by leading a group discussion on interesting topics and what is already known about the technologies and share various sources that can be used such as magazines, the Web and books. Based on their research, each student should write a timeline and a summary of one or more topics to research. You will then help your students find a mentor who fits the team and its idea.
Step 3: Understand technological change.In this step each team will present examples in front of the class. You will then lead a discussion about each technology and how it could evolve over time. Working in teams, students will come up with ideas about how their technologies could change in 20 years, analyzing the consequences of their future technologies and the breakthroughs necessary to achieve them. For homework, you can assign your students to refine drafts of their team's “Future Technology and Breakthroughs” project section.
Step 4: Test the idea.After all of their hard work, your teams will present their future technologies to the class. It's important to encourage students to consider the pros and cons of their visions. And then for homework you can assign your students to work on the “Consequences” section.
Step 5: Present the project.Now you will help your students prepare the project entries and draw up plans for the sample Web pages, including images of future technologies. For homework you can assign students to complete all sections of the description and begin to write the abstract and bibliography.
Step 6: Final look.Look over everything with a careful eye and then make any necessary last-minute revisions.
Step 7: Revisions and Submission.Register to download our mail in sumbmission form or to submit projects online.