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Breakthrough: The Ideas That Changed the World - Episode 1: The Telescope

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7th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
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  1. This bundle includes video question sets for all six episodes of the PBS series (also available on Amazon Prime Video). See each bundled product's description for more information. INTERVIEW: ‘Breakthrough’ looks at the ideas that changed the world {Hollywood Soapbox]Print-friendly Google Docs Updat
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This is a video question set to accompany the first episode of the PBS Series (also available on Amazon Prime Video)

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

Episode 1 tells the story of the development of the telescope, from a stone-age observatory to the space-based telescopes of the future.

Scholars Derrick Pitts (The Franklin Institute), Brett Salmon & Dan Coe (Space Telescope Science Institute), Fabio Silva (Bournemouth University), Shelley James (Glass Artist), Jim Al-Khalili (University of Surrey), Binh Danh (San Jose State University), and Lindsay Smith Zrull (Harvard Observatory) tell us the story of the telescope.

It entails long-abandoned Stone Age dolmens once used as celestial calendars,

how Venetians made glass transparent, the optics of a medieval Persian camera obscura, a Dutch lens maker’s wartime breakthrough and a Venetian math teacher’s advancement of it, a Parisian invention improved by a spilled bottle of mercury, a team of women known as human computers who were armed with fly spankers, an athlete-turned-astronomer working high above Los Angeles, and telescope in space that will allow us to see as far as physics will allow.

Episode 1 "breakthrough celebrities" include Galileo Galilei, Edwin Hubble, Henrietta Swan Leavitt, Louis Daguerre, Hans Lippershey, and Ibn al-Haytham.

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

This set consists of 37 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.
  • If you find competing products online, by all means check them out. They may be cheaper; they may be free. None of them will be as professional, polished, or classroom-ready as this one.

Print-friendly Google Docs Update (Summer 2021): These documents were originally created to be printed and photocopied for classroom use. When the pandemic forced instruction to be remote, the documents were quickly recreated in Google Docs format. When instruction migrated into hybrid models, another redesign was called for: print-friendly Google Docs.

The student Google Docs file/s linked to in this product is/are suitable for use as Google Docs and for printing and photocopying. My priority is to redesign the student documents first. The answer keys will remain as PDFs for the immediate future.

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3 Student Pages & 3 Key Pages
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