Start the year by figuring out what the question is.

On Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 5:01 PM, Kristin wrote:

Somehow over a month has past since I initially wanted to respond. Anyway, do you have electronic copies of the articles you use at the beginning of the year?

We used this activity, followed by a study of Matthew 25, followed by this activity with the linked articles below.

Big news about energy has been happening in Holland over the last year. You will be put into a group that will read an article about this issue. Discuss the article with your group and be prepared to share what your group says with others in the class. The person with the most white on their shoes today is the group scribe.

Expanding Holland's Coal Power Plant

Peter Garforth

The State of Michigan Sued!

What's the Plan?

Then we asked the students this: what big questions does a group of people in Holland need answered. This is the list the students came up with and the classes choose one as our question for the year.
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In the work with the app, a book was written as well, to explain how it differs from other edutainment apps out there. Most of the it can't be seen on the screen, but is "hidden in code". If you're interested, I could send you a book or you can download it at Thinkout's website: If you'd like me to send you the book, please provide me your address.

The company, Thinkout, was founded by Mr Rolf Skoglund, former VP at Microsoft, and the idea of the app is based on research from Professor Diana Laurillard, University of London.

Would you be interested to review the app? (we'll send you a promo code)

Best regards,

Johan Ranstam / Undermarken (working for Thinkout)