Big History Educational Resources
By Connie Barlow:
The first gathering of the International Big History Association drew not only scholars of Big History but also educational project developers. As a longtime contributor to evolutionary education, I was eager to attend the panel sessions that focused on education.
Below are clips from the photo essay I posted about some of the Big History educational sessions.
Cynthia Stokes Brown (above left) introduces the â€œCosmic Education and Big Historyâ€ panelists. Michael Duffy (below left) sets Big History education in the context of Maria Montessoriâ€™s emphasis on â€œcosmic educationâ€ (which she developed early in the 20th century). Jennifer Morgan (right) dramatizes the Oxygen Crisis, drawn from her Born with a Bang childrenâ€™s book trilogy.
Geologist Walter Alvarez, co-discoverer of the meteor-impact geological evidence of the dinosaur extinction, signs the K/T boundary bead (right, initials â€œW Aâ€) on the string of Big History beads fashioned by Big History enthusiast (and chemical engineer) Jon Cleland-Host.
I serve as narrator of â€œThe Lucky Little Seaweedâ€ performance. At right are two volunteer readers, drawn from the plenary audience at the Big History gathering. The woman in the bright green scarf is the hero of this playful â€œBig History parableâ€: the Lucky Little Seaweed. The man in the brown scarf plays the villain: the Fungus. Together, they act out how, more than 400 million years ago, crisis led to creativity: Seaweed and fungus forged a cooperative life form that is the ancestor of todayâ€™s land plants. Scripts of a half-dozen such parables are downloadable here.
And you can access my full photo essay here.