Reviews - Peculiar Institution: America’s Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition
This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3.00, as of 2011-07-06.
Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 2
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.
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…
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…
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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This article discusses the death penalty in financial terms. As our country is facing an economic crisis, some people have started to use financial statistics to argue for the elimination of the death penalty.