Breakthrough Episode 6: The Smartphone - Video Question Set

Breakthrough Episode 6: The Smartphone - Video Question Set
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This is a video question set to accompany the fourth episode of the PBS Series (also available on Amazon Prime Video)

Breakthrough: The Ideas That Changed the World [TV-PG]

Episode 6 tells the story of the development of the smartphone, from the fall of Carthage to brain-interfaced apps of the future.

Experts Saul David (Historian), Nadya Mason (Physicist), Danielle George (Radio Frequency Engineer), Jim Meigs (Science Writer), and Tan Le (Inventor & Technology Entrepreneur) tell the story of how the smartphone came to be, and where it appears to be heading next.

It involves ancient Roman battlefield communications, a painter-turned-inventor who devised a code still in use today, a groundbreaking technology whose rightful inventor had to be settled by the US Supreme Court, an obsessive inventor who found treasure in another scientist’s trash, a quirky keyboard talking machine, a Hollywood starlet who was also a prolific inventor keen to defeat the Nazis, the miniaturization of a circuit invented by an engineer who hadn’t yet earned vacation time, and a father eager to share a photograph of his newborn daughter with friends and family.

Episode 6 "breakthrough celebrities" include Alexander Graham Bell, Samuel Morse, Guglielmo Marconi, Hedy LaMarr, George Antheil, Jack Kilby, Polybius, Philippe Kahn, Homer Dudley, and Elisha Gray as the Beaver. (I've resisted adding that tag at the end of the celebrities list for the entire series so cut me a little slack here!)

INTERVIEW: ‘Breakthrough’ looks at the ideas that changed the world {Hollywood Soapbox]

This set includes 33 questions that students can answer during a single, uninterrupted viewing of the episode.

Lessons of Phyz advantages:

  • A heavy font ensures high legibility even in dim lighting
  • Questions are designed to be answered while the video plays—quick, simple responses keep students engaged without requiring deep reflection that would take them out of the presentation
  • Question types are mixed: fill-in-the-blank, multiple choice, check lists, and short answer are common; in some cases, matching or sequencing.
  • Certain moments in a documentary merit undivided attention. No questions have been placed in those moments.
  • "Play to the buzzer": Whenever possible, the last question in the set is answered during the last seconds of the video.
  • I am a classroom teacher who has designed these resources for use with my students.
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