Based on early human innovations and transitions from the Stone Age to the Bronze Age to the Iron Age, make tools that represent how technologies change based on changing materials and techniques available to humans.
Tools of the “Paper Age” include:
Tools of the “Cardboard Age” include Paper Age tools and:
Tools of the “Digital Fabrication Age” include Paper Age, Cardboard Age and:
Seminar will need several “objects” that have changed over time. In our example we used phones, but computers, guitars, cars, bicycles, etc. will work.
Seminar is an intellectual dialogue facilitated by open ended questions about a text. In this case our "text" were actual phones - iPhone 5, flip phone, wall mounted phone with touch tone, and a rotary phone.
PAIDEIA SEMINAR LESSON PLAN:
Text: Phones through the Ages (actual phones – no text)
Grade / Subject: 6th Grade Social Studies
Ideas, Values: Human Innovation, technology, progress, material qualities (strength, flexibility, weight)
Opening (Identify main ideas from the text.): 1
Core (Analyze textual details.): 3-5
Closing (Personalize and apply the textual ideas.):
Student groups use knowledge gained from previous lessons to brainstorm, prototype, and finally present their ideas about how advances in materials and technology can lead to human innovation. Students draw correlations between their constraints, struggles, and innovations in our "paper age" to the Stone Age, "cardboard age" to the bronze age and "digital fabrication age" to the Iron age.
The entire lesson plan can be seen in the attachment “3 Column Map”
This sounds like it would spark some interesting conversations about human technological development. I like the prep activities and discussion prompts.