Science & Society

WEEK SEVEN

Agenda for Monday, May 15th:

  • Understanding Radiocarbon Dating
  • Important Articles – Directions: Take notes on the articles and respond to the following prompts. Complete sentences and paragraphs required; typed document preferred, unless you REALLY like writing by hand, or are Kai.
    • Life Lessons from 100+
      • What lessons do these individuals offer?
      • What are their secrets?
      • What are their regrets?
    • Welcome Back… Woolly Mammoth?
      •  Write a summary and include a position statement.
        • Who is writing this article? Who are the people/organizations conducting this research or proposing to carry out these experiments?
        • What species will be effected by the experiments proposed in this article?
        • Where is this science happening?
        • What is the purpose of these experiments?
          • Should scientists do this?
          • Why? Why not?
          • How is it possible?
    • Please read this article about cloning Neanderthal ancestors and bringing them back from extinction. Write a position statement in response to the issues that includes three primary reasons that support your points. 
      • What are some positive outcomes of bringing back our extinct ancestors/cousins?
      • What are some potential negative consequences of bringing our extinct relatives back from oblivion?
      • Do you think we should?
        • Why? or, why not?
  • If you have already read the articles above, go to THIS LINK and take notes on articles/links of your choice. If you have already explored them in a previous term, do not do them again. Be sure to select links that are unfamiliar.

Agenda for Tuesday, May 16th: 

  • Jury Summons
  • Preliminary Notes & Understandings
  • Preconceived Notions & Bias

Agenda for Wednesday, May 17th: 

  • A Framework for Ethical Decision Making: We (as a group) will some time to study this document. We will:
    • Use highlighter to mark important concepts and terms in the text. Elisa and I will guide students through he process if identifying important information.
    • Once we identify important concepts, we will complete a C-Note worksheet that simplifies the most important concepts down into succinct summaries.
  • Discuss the differences between the five approaches (Utilitarian, Rights, Common Good, Justice, Virtue) and think about the kinds of issues that each approach is best suited.
  • Simple vs Complex

Agenda for Thursday & Friday, May 18-19:

  • Samantha was very upset with me because I did not update the website on Thursday OR Friday morning. She scared me, so I updated it today. Please forgive me!
  • Using the Framework for Ethical Decision Making Worksheet
  • When you finish, you may earn extra credit if you apply the Ethics Framework to an issue you have not yet explored in the link below:

WEEK EIGHT

Agenda for Monday, May 22nd:

  • Watch the Nova documentary, Rise of the Drones
  • Take notes while you watch
  • Pay close attention to the 10 Framework questions as you watch.
  • Make a list of the ethical dilemmas related to drone warfare and usage
  • Write position statements:
    • Should drones be used in warfare?
    • Should drones be allowed for use by private citizens?
    • What laws and basic policies do you think should be in place to ensure proper and appropriate use of drones?

Agenda for Tuesday, May 23rd:

  • We are beginning a film called “Snowden” today. This is a highly controversial film. As you watch, please do the following:
    • Take notes on the basic plot.
    • Pay close attention to the 10 Framework questions as you watch the film.
    • Focus on Snowden’s background, history, and the evolution of his positions and opinions.
      • What is he hired to do for the government?
      • Why does the government want him to work for them?
      • What are his skills?
      • What are the things/issues that cause ethical dilemmas for him?

Agenda for Wednesday, May 24th:

  • OMSI

Agenda for Thursday, May 25th:

  • Independent Work / Catch-up

WEEK NINE

Agenda for Tuesday, May 30th:

  • Finish Snowden film.
  • Begin a rough draft for a position paper. The paper should include the following basic paragraphs:
    • A summary of the plot.
    • A brief biography of Snowden, from beginning to exile. Include his natural talents and skills.
      • What is he hired to do for the government?
      • Why does the government want him to work for them?
      • What are his skills?
      • What are the things/issues that cause ethical dilemmas for him?
    • A description of three ethical dilemmas he faced and the choices he made.
    • Your position – write a final position paragraph. Express your opinion about Snowden, the choices he made, whether you feel he is right or wrong, and your positions about government use of technology for the purposes of security.
      • Demonstrate your understanding of the issues he faced.
      • Demonstrate your understanding of what the government did/does for the purposes of “security.”
      • Take a stand. Who did the right thing? Snowden? Government? (NSA? CIA?)

Agenda for Wednesday, May 31st:

  • Work on the Snowden Position Paper. 
  • If you missed a portion of the film, or want EXTRA CREDIT, please watch the link below. Take notes and use the information given in the interview to write a position paper.

Agenda for Thursday & Friday, June 1 – 2:

  • Wrap-up work on Snowden Paper / missing assignments.
  • Transition to List of Emerging Ethical Dilemmas and Policy Issues for 2016 warm-up assignment.

Agenda for Monday, June 5th:

  • Continue working on List of Emerging Ethical Dilemmas and Policy Issues for 2016 assignment. Follow the directions below:
    • The list presented below represents ten issues that scientists and ethicists are debating. These issues require careful consideration as they come to pass and become reality for humanity.  Take a look at all of the items below. Familiarize yourself with THREE issues by following the links.
    • ASSIGNMENT: As you read, take notes on each article. Your objectives for the assignment include the following:
      1. Rank all issues (in a top ten list) from most worrisome to least worrisome.
      2. Pick the three issues you find most interesting. Write a summary each of the three issues.
      3. Explain why each issue represents an ethical dilemma and what the dilemma is.
      4. Taking a stand and explaining your personal position on each issue. Use the ethical decision-making framework to describe how we should decide whether or not each issue is ethical.
    •  The List: 

Agenda for Tuesday – Thursday, June 6th – 8th:

  • GATTACA: We will begin watching a futuristic sci-fi thriller about a world where genetic engineering is used to perfect the human species. While watching, please take notes on the following:
    1. Who are the central characters in the film?
    2. What issues and technologies drive the action/plot of the film?
    3. Where and when does this film take place?
    4. Why do the characters/organizations do what they do? 
    5. How is this possible?

Agenda for Friday, June 9th:

  • When we finish the film, please spend your time answering the prompts/questions below in full paragraph form. Each paragraph should have a minimum of five sentences each, including topic sentences that introduce the point of each paragraph. Please write using your best effort.
    • Please write an introductory paragraph that offers a brief description of the film. Address the following:
      • Where/when does the film take place?
      • Who are (in your opinion) the top three central characters in the film?
      • What makes them unique?  
    • What issues and technologies drive the action/plot of the film?
      • Why do the characters/organizations in the film do what they do? 
      • What are the two sides / conflicts presented in the film? (God-born vs Enhanced)
      • Which character(s) or side do you find yourself supporting and identifying with?
    • If you had the opportunity to genetically enhance yourself (or your own child) in the future, would you do it?
      • If this is an easy decision, explain why.
      • If this is a difficult decision, explain why.
      • If you had to make a decision, what would it be?
    • What are the downsides of having conflicting groups of people, such as God-born vs genetically-enhanced? Please explore your thoughts in a final concluding paragraph.
  • NEXT ASSIGNMENT: How is this possible?
    • CRISPR

WEEK TEN

Agenda for Monday, June 12th: 

  • PART ONE: Rough Drafts and Thoughts About Gattaca.
    • When we finish the film, please spend your time answering the prompts/questions below in full paragraph form. Each paragraph should have a minimum of five sentences each, including topic sentences that introduce the point of each paragraph. Please write using your best effort.
      • Please write an introductory paragraph that offers a brief description of the film. Address the following:
        • Where/when does the film take place?
        • Who are (in your opinion) the top three central characters in the film?
        • What makes them unique?
      • What issues and technologies drive the action/plot of the film?
        • Why do the characters/organizations in the film do what they do?
        • What are the two sides / conflicts presented in the film? (God-born vs Enhanced)
        • Which character(s) or side do you find yourself supporting and identifying with?
      • If you had the opportunity to genetically enhance yourself (or your own child) in the future, would you do it?
        • If this is an easy decision, explain why.
        • If this is a difficult decision, explain why.
        • If you had to make a decision, what would it be?
      • What are the downsides of having conflicting groups of people, such as God-born vs genetically-enhanced? Please explore your thoughts in a final concluding paragraph.

Agenda for Tuesday, June 13th:

  • Part Two: How Is This Possible? Please take notes on the following links below. The purpose of these links is to discover how the technology in Gattaca may be possible in the near future. 
  • If you are graduating tomorrow, please feel free to get caught up on other work/assignments for other classes.

Agenda for Wednesday, June 14th:

  • Essential Questions: Smartphones and Social Media Position Assignment – You have the class period to form a position on one or all of the questions below. Either hit all of them and cover all of your bases, or dive deep and focus on the prompt that catches your interest. Remember to read, cite sources, and get the job done.
  1. Are smartphones and social media positive forces in our culture? Take a position, back it up, and cite sources.
  2. Is our culture addicted to smartphone technology and social media? Take a position and cite sources that you agree with.
  3. How should schools handle student use of personal technology in classrooms and campuses? Create a cell phone policy that you believe would work for ECCO. Again, cite sources.

Links to Get You Thinking:

  1. Learning In The Age Of Digital Distraction
  2. How I Quit My Smartphone Addiction and Really Started Living
  3. Digitally Weary Users Switch to ‘Dumb’ Phones
  4. Simon Sinek – This Is Exactly What’s Wrong With This Generation

 


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Elisa Halemeier (SCI) / Tim Bjornstad (LA)

  • Weeks 1-7: 12.6.16 – 1.31.17Link to Archive
  • Weeks 8-13: Now Playing

WEEK NINE

Agenda for Monday, May 29th: NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day

Agenda for Wednesday, May 31st:

  1. NEWS: Is This The Age Of The Bionic Body?
  2. 109/WW2
  3. World Security Council Agenda Item #2: Water: Conduct independent research on the water situation/crisis. You may look into these issues on local, regional, national, and/or global levels. Please collect a minimum of three external sources for your information, take notes, and summarize each source in paragraph form, and make an in-paragraph reference to your citation.
    1. EWEB Watershed Monitoring
    2. Don’t Flush ‘Em! Oregon’s Water Not Tested For Pharma
    3. Frogs: The Thin Green Line

Agenda for Thursday, June 1st:

  • When you finish researching the water crisis, find three sources of information, and write a summary of each source, transition to answer the essential question below.
  • ESSENTIAL QUESTION: How much money does the United States government spend on military staff, supplies and actions each year? Your mission is to research this question. Try to find sources that seem legitimate and highlight the costs of having, supplying, maintaining, paying, and using a military. Things to think about:
    • How much do soldiers earn? How many soldiers to we employ?
    • How much to various technologies, vehicles and tools cost?
    • Are there hidden costs associated with United States military activity?

Agenda for Friday, June 2nd:

  • Check Synergy for your grade. Write a response to the data you see and develop a plan to arrive at the grade you’d like, if you don’t already have it. If you’ve missed participation points, please check in with Elisa or Tim. We will give you opportunities to earn some points back.
  • Water Issues – Respond to the following prompt:
    • What did you choose to focus on in your water crisis research? Local issues? Global issues? Write a summary about what you focused on and include a short description of each source you found.
  • Military Spending – Answer the following prompt:
    • Summarize what you learned in researching military spending. If you did not get that far, explain what you have been working on and why you did not choose to research military spending.
  • Assignments: Place the following in your folders:
    • Notes on water crisis issues.
    • Notes on sources and summaries.
    • Notes on military spending research.
    • End of week Synergy check-in

WEEK NINE:

Agenda for Monday, June 5th:

  1. Introductory Articles: Please read and study the following articles as they introduce our next topics.
    1. Cheap Eats, Cheap Labor: The Hidden Human Costs Of Those Lists
    2. Refugees and tech: Scenes from a Greek tragedy
  2.  World Security Council Priority List
    1. Climate Change
    2. Food & Water Crisis
    3. Population
    4. Disease
    5. World War 3
  3. Essential Terms (Make sure they are in your notes / folders)
    1. Philosophy
      1. Sophia
      2. Love
    2. Science
    3. Ethics
    4. Bioethics
    5. Theme
    6. Character

Agenda for Tuesday and Wednesday, June 6th & 7th:

Agenda for Wednesday, February 22nd:

Agenda for Thursday, February 23rd:

Agenda for Friday, February 24th:

  • Continue work on the Doctors and the Global Population Crisis Assignment. A few things to consider:
    • Do your best to get as far as you can today.
    • We understand that this is an intensive assignment that requires time and focus.
    • Remember to cite all sources.
    • Don’t forget to include a proper heading and assignment title.
  • If you finish your work prior to the end of the period, please look at the list of assignments for this grading period and make sure you are caught up.
  • For the second half of the period, please complete your Reading Check, which requires you to partner with someone else in the class. Compare notes on the three ethical dilemmas presented in the article, identify the primary problem being addressed in the article, and identify the person you are collaborating with for this assignment.

WEEK TEN:

Agenda for Monday, February 27th:

Agenda for Tuesday, February 28th:

  • Marking The Text – A Framework for Ethical Decision Making
    • Mark text

Agenda for Wednesday, March 1st:

  1. Edward Snowden: Watch the following film to learn background related to what Edward Snowden did, why he did what he did, and whether or not you think his actions were ethical. Please take notes and focus on which of the Five Sources of Ethical Standards are best suited for these arguments
    • Film (Background Information, Snowden Arguments)
    • Position statement: Did Edward Snowden do the right thing? Are you able to make a decision and take a position based on this one source? Do you need to know more? What else do you need to know?

Agenda for Thursday, March 2nd:

Agenda for Friday, March, 3rd:

  • Please watch the video entitled Can We Live Forever? and take notes. When you finish the video, which is just under an hour in length, please write position statements on the issues presented in the video. Summarize your thoughts and make sure that you write clear position statements.

 

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Baselines & Essential Questions:

  1. Agreements & Technology Use
  2. Key Terms and Concepts
  3. Essential Questions:
    1. What are ethics?
    2. How should humanity prepare for life in the 21st century?
    3. Of the five items voted onto the security council agenda, how would you prioritize each issue? Which items would you choose to tackle first? Why?
    4. Write brief position statements on the following concepts:
      1. Position on vaccinations and government laws/policies requiring them.
      2. Position on which methods of water treatment/purification are best to fight the issue on both local and global scales.
      3. Opinion about the single greatest threat to humanity in the 21st century.
    5. How can science and philosophy help us answer these questions?

Agenda for Tuesday, January 31st:

  • Personal Research and Experience
    • Official Vaccine Waiver ModulesTake notes on the information presented in THIS PRESENTATION.
      • When you finish with the introduction, be sure to select a minimum of five vaccine modules to experience. Take notes throughout the presentation and think about where you stand on the issue of mandatory vaccinations.

Agenda for February 1st:

  • Vaccination Exemption Survey
    • Print Certificate and file in blue folder.
  • Position Statements:
    1. WHO/WHOM? –
    2. WHAT? –
    3. WHERE? –
    4. WHEN? –
    5. WHY? –
    6. HOW? –

Agenda for February 2nd:

  1. Wrap up work for first half of the term.
  2. Vaccine Exemption Survey (Print certificate and file in blue folder.
  3. Develop position statements
  4. Complete Midterm Self-Assessment

  • Archive: Weeks 1-6
  • Formatting: 
    • Learn to format assignments
      • Put your name and proper heading at the top of a loose sheet of paper. A proper heading is located in the upper right-hand corner of your document/page and includes:
        • First and last name
        • The date (February 6, 2016)
        • School
        • 4j student ID
      • Put the title of the assignment in the upper left-hand corner of the assignment.
      • Hand-write in good, clear writing OR type using 12-point font.
      • Double space! 
    • Create positions and responses to essential questions using complete sentences.
    • Conduct independent research
    • Cite sources!