Case #3: The Printing Press -- Taking
a Giant Step Forward
BIG IDEAS: The printing press made
it possible for information to be disseminated among
a large number of people. This information sharing brought
sea changes in the quality of life and thinking.
- What do you consider to be the major impact of the printing
press on the quality of lives and thinking during this
- What, in your view, was the relationship between the
invention of the printing press and the need to learn
to read and write?
- How, in your view, does more widely shared information
make improve the quality of lives? How, in your view,
does the rationing of information among a select few diminish
the quality of lives?
- How would you compare the invention of the printing
press with the information sharing available on the Internet?
The Twentieth Century
Case #1: World War I - Years of Slaughter
BIG IDEAS: World War I, 1914 - 1918,
left 33 million casualties. Historians call it a "tragic
and unnecessary conflict."
- What do you consider to be the key factors that brought
about the beginning of World War I?
- In your view, how might the conflict have been avoided?
- What do you consider to be the significant consequences
of this world conflict?
- What, if anything, have we learned from this experience?
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