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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2011-07-06.

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Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 2

Reviewer Comments:

This collection contains a variety of resources to introduce, discuss and extend the ideas in Kevin Kelly’s 2010 book, "What Technology Wants,” focusing specifically on Kelly’s main concept of the Technium. Kelly created this term to describe “anything useful that a mind makes.” The collection includes two videos - one is simple audio with titles and the other is a TEDxSF talk – that specifically use the author’s own words. Two other resources, “Did You Know 4.0?” and an excellent New York Times interactive timeline of the “Evolution of Classroom Technology,” challenge students to look at how technology is changing the way we use information and communicate. And finally, there are two Prezi presentations that could be used in a classroom discussion. A very basic lesson plan and rationale is included for each resource. Overall, the material is very engaging for middle school and high school students, although the younger students may have some difficulty with the nuances of the information. This collection is varied and thought provoking, but it will take some work on the part of the educator to organize the materials in order to use them effectively in the classroom.
Emily Ann
June 1, 2011

The interactive map would be a great addition to a death penalty discussion, especially with younger students. It would be a great help if you have a lot of visual learners. It could also be used with a webquest to help students with background information before a discussion. It would also be a great addition because it gives a great deal of basic information the students could then use to help them find more in depth information. One critique would be the website does not give information other than statistics about individual states. It would have been helpful for there to have been more information about each state's laws other than having and not having the death penalty.

Stephanie Slota
May 26, 2011

The interactive maps that you guys found have great value in the classroom setting. I could see myself using these learning objects in my own classroom. A teacher could come up with multiple critical thinking questions for each of the learning objects. Then, students could respond to the questions based on their exploration of these maps, along with the statistics and facts that they provide. One critique on the learning objects—they don’t provide much in-depth detail, but I guess that could be something that could be further researched by a class.

Elizabeth Washington
May 25, 2011

Well done, Amy, Tully, and Teddy! This is a great set of resources and I appreciate all of your hard work!

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