Quantum Leap and Dr. Who
How can we use the idea of time travel in our classes to create great experiences for our students?
I am hoping you will come up with a few examples that we can all take back to our classrooms to engage our students.
I have used this concept a few times to create activities for my students. One example was when I asked students to pick an ancient civilization and create a time travel experience/vacation for their peers. Students were asked to become travel guides for their historic destination and create a presentation for their classmates. Students would view a selection of their peers' presentations and vote on where they would spend their money to take a vacation.
Another example is one I am working on with the idea of Quantum Leap. The idea is to have students choose an event in history that changed the course of history and make what once went wrong right again. Then explore the potential revision to history that would take place as this watershed moment was changed. This could be a much longer activity as it would force students to explore a multitude of events interconnected throughout history.
I created a more simplified version of that activity below where students watch the introduction to Quantum Leap and answer a couple of questions. In this case I chose 1968, but you could choose any time period or let student choose their own.
I have also wondered if we asked adults to look at an event in their own history to go back and fix an event, a moment, a choice, what would it be and why. I know we get those would would say nothing because they all led me to this point and place, but let's be honest if you have lived long enough you have made mistakes, so explore that idea.
To not overlook Dr. Who, the show has similarities to Quantum leap only they engage in alien species, but both look to solve problems and save the day.
Q1 Where and when would you travel to if you had the chance and why?
Q2 Where would you take your students why?
Q3 If you could change 1 event in history - don't worry if Quantum Leap and Dr Who can do it so can you. What event would you change and why?
Q4 If you could meet one person or group who would it/they be and why?
Q5 What historical event had the greatest impact on society? Explain
Q6 What examples of human environment interaction have been the most impactful.
Q Where would your students most like to go?
Q What other time travel shows or examples (books, etc.) can you incorporate into your classroom?
Q7 How could you use these questions (think about each Q individually) with ss to create a lesson.
What product might they create. How would they present their ideas?
How would this fit into your curriculum?