Water Buffalo Gift


Jazz violinist Robert Thompson was motivated by a blog post to see if he could do something real. This video is his story and that of a family in China and a community around the world.


  1. What do you see?

  2. What do you think about that?

  3. What does it make you wonder?

Laptop – Global Supply Chain

Here is a map of how the parts of a typical laptop are sourced globally to create what ends up with consumers.

View an expanded version? Here’s an image with a more basic description of where parts of it came from.

All this (and more) has been done to bring your this amazing tool. What will you do with it?

Story Telling

Look into the future three years and then tell the story of what amazing things you have done with this laptop.

Only 100 People on Earth!

Watch this thought-provoking presentation and consider the following question:

  1. How does the presentation make you feel about your own existence in the world?
  2. What is it about the presentation that surprises you?
  3. How can you make a difference in the  lives of those less fortunate than yourself?

Classroom in Tunisia


Learning Environment in Tunisia

  1. What do you see?
  2. Where is Tunisia?
  3. How does it compare to your classroom?
  4. If one of the children came to your classroom what might they think?
  5. What are the limitations and benefits of learning in a classroom like this one?

Sister Dorothy & the Rainforest

“Parts” Cluster

  1. Use clustering software like Bubble.us or Mind42
  2. What’s the main idea or feeling? Put it in the center.
  3. Work as a class or team to brainstorm as much as you can about the movie.
  4. Group or connect any of the items into larger sets.


  1. Make a claim about the topic
  2. Identify support for your claim
  3. Ask a question related to your claim