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What is The History of Ideas and Innovations Online Tool?

 
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 8:44 am    Post subject: What is The History of Ideas and Innovations Online Tool? Reply with quote

What is The History of Ideas and Innovations Online Tool?

The History of Ideas and Innovations is, literally, a list of the History of Ideas and Innovations. From hand tools and cave paintings to cell phones and GPS devices. This includes innovations in the sciences, arts, film, literature, archaeology, Mathematics and more. From this master list, we’ve subdivided this chronological list into academic disciplines: math, science, literature, language, art, music, etc. As a consequence, a person (e.g. a teacher or student) can look within a specific discipline and see, l’havdil, the mesora within that discipline. i.e. We can’t do high-level mathematics unless a long time ago someone shifted our numeric system from Roman numerals to the 123 numbers we use today. And, for that matter, unless the innumerable other ideas and innovations that happened within mathematics occurred. This should make each academic subject, and secular studies in general, more interesting and better appreciated. This will allow math, science, English, etc. students to see and experience current innovations as well as the innovations that came beforehand. In general, the more current innovations is more interesting to children than the “old stuff”. e.g. In general, kids enjoy contemporary music more than Bach. And, it bears mentioning that, hip-hop, rap, heavy metal, and these other musical innovations are part of the “mesora” of music. From here, once the student is turned on by the contemporary innovations, we can show the student a helicopter perspective of the entire academic discipline so they can appreciate the big picture. The student can now start from the beginings of an academic discipline and build up to where the discipline is today while always remembering in the back of their mind that this is leading towards "the stuff I find interesting". There’s more to this online tool, including a History of Torah Ideas and Innovations overlay, but this is the jist.

There are innumerable things a person can do with this tool including… Walk a young man or woman through the enormous world of ideas and innovations and let the individual naturally gravitate towards a specific discipline or time period. Students that had historically said, “I hate science” or “I hate school” may find themselves curious and interested in looking more deeply into innovations in the world of physics, psychology or motion pictures. Our hope is that students will play with this tool and say “I’d like to get involved in some way (even if it’s just reading about) with the people who are creating the innovations within X field.” Our hope is that this tool can serve as an impetus to inspire and engage students, both in and outside of the classroom, to become more appreciative and involved within one or many academic disciplines.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 8:57 am    Post subject: What The History of Ideas and Innovations Online Tool is Not Reply with quote

What The History of Ideas and Innovations Online Tool is Not

The History of Ideas and Innovations Online Tool is not the history of war and politics. Traditionally, the field of history speaks enormously about the history of war and politics. While we may create an overlay of this traditional perspective of history in order to better create context for The History of Ideas and Innovations, this is not what The History of Ideas and Innovations Online Tool is.
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