Friday, November 02, 2012

Bob Bain and the Big History Project

Tags: bain, big history, digital signage, history

Bill Gates tweeted about a new landing page for the Big History Project, which is focused on bringing a broad view of history—covering 13.7 billion years from the Big Bang to modern times—to high school students. The course, designed by Bob Bain, associate professor at the University of Michigan School of Education, seeks to help students identify patterns and connections in history to help them understand people, civilizations, as well as the science and social science of the world we live in.

Gates was inspired to create and support the Big History Project after learning about the work of David Christian, a professor in Australia who created the course for college students. The BHP sought out Bain, who is chair of secondary teacher education, to shape Big History for high school students. Bain has his own blog on Gates’ Big History page, and in the first post he explains where Big History fits in U.S. education.

The kick off includes the launch of trial of BHP’s course materials for educators.

Bob Bain is an associate professor, School of Education; an associate professor, Department of History, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; and chair of secondary teacher education.

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