Social Media Meets the Enlightenment: Year 2

My students have taken on personas of Enlightenment thinkers (and Thomas Hobbes) and have begun to discuss their impact on today’s society.

 

Tomorrow is when the project really gets going! I would like my students to extrapolate the ideas of their philosophers into other historical situations. For instance, a question for Rousseau might be, “What are your views on communism and how it worked in Russia during the reign of Stalin?” To answer this question, students not only have to research communism, specifically communism under Stalin, but they also have to figure out how Rousseau would view both.

 

And this is where I need your help! If you are interested, please ask a question of a specific philosopher under the #MrMHWH. Tomorrow in class, we will research and respond to your questions. While we cannot get to all of your questions, we will do our best to respond to as many as we can.

I personally appreciate any and all help that you can give!

The Philosophers:

John Locke – @LockeinitUp

Rousseau – @SC_JJ

Beccaria- @BoneBeccaria

Voltaire – @VoltaireWorldII

Montesquieu – @Baron_MontesQ

Hobbes – @THobbes88

Wollstonecraft – @Crafty_Mary2

Please also include me on your tweets – @42ThinkDeep!

To find out more about this project, read this post about the experience last year.

Michael K. Milton ~ @42ThinkDeep

What better way to make the Enlightenment come alive than to have my World History students create Blogger sites and set up a conversation on Twitter!

In our activity, students were hired by a consulting firm to bring the ideas of the Enlightenment to a modern “tech-savvy” audience. In small groups, they assumed the identities of various philosophers (Voltaire, the Baron De Montesquieu, John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Jean Jacques Rousseau) and wrote a blog post to reintroduce themselves to the world and to discuss how their ideas were incorporated into the United States of America. The posts were then shared under a common hashtag and students, as the philosophers, began interacting with one another.

For the next step, I wanted students to extrapolate the ideas of their philosophers into other historical situations. For instance, a question for Rousseau might be, “What are your views on communism and…

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About Michael K. Milton

I teach students Social Studies at Burlington High School. When I became a teacher, I believed that students would frequently give me apples. This has not happened (not even a Red Delicious ~ a name which is a misnomer). However, my school has given me a MacBook Pro and an iPad in an effort to right this wrong (I assume). I'm very lucky to work in a 1:1 school.
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3 Responses to Social Media Meets the Enlightenment: Year 2

  1. Kali Kurdy says:

    Interesting and very informative. I am conducting a series of workshops on Project Based Learning. You blog is an inspiration to me because you are using PBL and finding it fun and engaging for students…plus, I am sure that it is really making your students think.

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