Integrate the Tomorrow Project into Curriculum

The Tomorrow Project is an initiative by Intel, that encourages people to imagine the role of technology in the future and the effect it has on their lives, through a series of FREE online videos and short science fiction stories. When I first heard about The Tomorrow Project I was so thrilled. I could immediately see the potential of this initiative. I want you to see it too! For this reason, I plan to write a series of articles about how The Tomorrow Project can be integrated into curriculum.

Previous article about The Tomorrow Project

The Tomorrow Project

Integrate the FREE resources from The Tomorrow Project into curriculum.

You Can Fit the Tomorrow Project into your Existing Schedule

I know you are busy, that there is too much content to teach, and computer lab time is limited. However, you CAN fit The Tomorrow Project into your schedule. It is important that your students become responsible digital citizens and one way to do that is to encourage them to imagine the possibilities of the future. Besides, digital citizenship is a NETS requirement so you likely have to address it anyway within your curriculum. Why not make it fun and relevant?

There are times throughout the school year, where you could include an activity designed around The Tomorrow Project, such as a group discussion, written reflection, debate, creative writing assignment, or report. For example:

  • Schedule a Few Classes Between Units: Often when you finish one unit, you need a bit of time before you start the next one. Instead of just giving students “free time”, schedule activities related to The Tomorrow Project.
  • Before School Breaks: You likely do not want to introduce a new project right before the beginning of Winter or Spring break. If you have a few classes before the holidays have your students either watch a video or read a short story from The Tomorrow Project. Afterwards, design an assignment that encourages critical thinking about emerging technologies and the future.
  • Incorporate The Tomorrow Project into Existing Assignments: As the computer teacher you are interested in developing technology skills in your students and incorporating the use of technology into curriculum. The Tomorrow Project can be used as a tool that sparks the imagination to achieve these goals.

Activities that Integrate The Tomorrow Project

This doesn’t have to be EXTRA work! The good news is that The Tomorrow Project can integrate into the activities you already have planned. Consider the videos and short stories the “spark” or “springboard” to an existing unit. There are so many fun activities your students can complete that target language arts, science, mathematics, visual arts, drama, and technology learning objectives. For example:

  • draft a letter to potential investors to fund the development of an emerging technology
  • produce a commercial advertising a futuristic gadget based on emerging technology
  • develop a web page explaining the benefits of an emerging technology
  • produce a brochure that describes a vacation that might take place in the future
  • present facts about an emerging technology in a multimedia slide show
  • design a model of a futuristic home, vehicle, or gadget
  • conduct a survey about peoples’ attitude towards an emerging technology
  • create a comparison table that lists the advantages and disadvantages to an emerging technology
  • write a paragraph in a spy novel that describes a character using a gadget based on emerging technology
  • illustrate a futuristic device based on emerging technology and explain how it works
  • draw a comic book page that includes the use of a device based on emerging technology
  • create an instructional manual for a futuristic device
  • conduct a mock interview with an inventor of an amazing new technology
  • debate the advantages and disadvantages of an emerging technology with a focus on the potential applications, privacy concerns, security issues, cost, and hazards
  • write a chat session between friends in the future planning a celebration that incorporates emerging technology
  • generate a logbook that charts a day in the life of a person in the future, include a description of the technology that is part of each event

Tomorrow Project Articles

  1. Discover the Tomorrow Project by Intel
  2. The Tomorrow Project Anthology and your Students
  3. The Tomorrow Project and Video Conversations about the Future
  4. Six Teaching Ideas for Integrating the Tomorrow Project into Curriculum
  5. Integrate the Tomorrow Project into Curriculum
TechnoHella

About TechnoHella

Hella Comat, Curriculum Writer - Hella Comat is a dedicated professional, who has taught in the education system for more than 30 years. As a pioneer of technology integration in Ontario public schools she was one of the first teachers to introduce the internet, video conferencing, web design, and multimedia learning activities to teachers and students in the Halton Board. To inspire teachers to use technology, she has led sessions for the Touch Technology program, ran workshops at education conferences, and sat on numerous advisory committees related to technology-issues. In recent years she taught the Computer in the Classroom course, at York University. Her lifelong commitment to teaching and learning was acknowledged when she was honored as the recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in Science, Technology, and Mathematics. Hella's contribution to the blog includes entries about the importance of technology integration. Drawing from her in-depth knowledge of technology in the classroom Hella writes about teaching strategies and useful resources that can benefit your practice. In addition, she provides innovative lesson ideas that you can implement into your own curriculum.
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