Capstone projects should be about working on Real Problems, problems
that need solving, like problems that are plaguing the world and
communities. This should involve extensive original
investigation, methods of inquiry, critical thinking skills,
creativity, scholarly research,
presentation, reading and writing skills and so on.
And these skills need to be
measured, tested and confirmed.
Problems should not be considered to big to solve for this is a
part of the learning experience. Capstone projects should
prepare students for reality, otherwise you are just wasting
time, people and resources. Just teaching
Innovation will not be enough.
In order to solve the plethora of problems in our
world you first have to educate people on how to be problem
solvers, then and only then will our problems be solved.
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Capstone Project for Basic Knowledge 101
The First Problem: # 1
How would you Teach it? How
would you Learn it? How Would you Test it?
Capstone Project # 2
Students need to create ways to improve education on all levels.
To accomplish this, students must collect the worlds most
important and the most valuable knowledge and information that
is available. Then design a curriculum based on that knowledge
and information. This would include creating computerized
courses and videotaping
the best and most effective teaching lessons, and so on. Then
Why Improve Education?
Open Source Curriculum?
The Second Problem: # 2
Once we have created the perfect education, students have to
create ways to make sure that every person on the planet has
access to a good education. The more educated and aware people
are the more prepared they will be to solve problems. Educated
people will also have the skills that are needed to improve
their quality of life and improve the quality of life for
Laptops and USB Flash Memory Drives
Methods / Teaching Methods
Open Source Education Resources
The Third Problem: # 3
Clean water for everyone, healthy food for everyone, clean and
safe homes for everyone, clean and safe electricity for
everyone, and jobs that make a positive difference for everyone.
Big 5 Needs
Gilding: The Earth is full (youtube)
Of course the problems in # 3, along with the thousands of
other problems that people are faced with today, will never
improve unless we fix problems
# 1 and
# 2. Team
effort between schools is a must when working on this project. Working as a
team will save time, people and resources, and at the same time,
teach students about one of the important aspects of problem solving,
which is teamwork.
We'll call this "The Logic Movement" "if
you're not part of the solution, then you're part of the
Capstone Research Projects Ideas
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single
"The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by
the same level of thinking that created them."
"Problems can't be solved unless they are identified"
"I see most
problems as just a puzzle, a puzzle I must learn to solve.
So when a computer problem arises I usually say "How do I solve
this puzzle and where would be the best place to start?" So can
learning how to solve
complex puzzles teach us about
Problem Solving? Of
course. Problem solving is not a problem, it's a part of
"Everything on this planet that is alive today is a direct result
of information being passed forward and shared with the next
generation of its species"...More
"To assume what other people are assuming is a
Guessing Game I like to
Back with a backwards brain is
as useless as looking
Forward with a backwards brain.
Backwards Brain Meaning: Making assumptions based on outdated,
incorrect or insufficient information.
You don't have a question If you have
Errors in your
your question makes
No Sense. There's no
to it's timing and it applies to situations of little importance."
"Why would you force other people to fix your problems just
because you don't want to take the time to fix your own
problems, problems that you could easily fix yourself? This is
not the same as asking for help. It's just that when people
transfer or force their personal problems to other people without their
permission, it only creates more problems."
What makes a good chess player?
Someone who can see the farthest into the future and calculate
what events could happen, and then apply a particular action or
chess move based on that information and knowledge, while at the
same time, correctly adapt to changes as they happen and have
the ability to recalculate what events could happen based on
those changes. So can
Chess be used as a learning tool for problem solving? Of
course it can. The more you can see into the future, the better
your odds will be in making a good decision, and on top of that,
it also makes you more aware that things could change at
anytime, so you have to be ready to change the path you're on.
And chess is not the only
game that can teach problem solving.
"The one who can see the farthest
into the future and make the necessary adjustments when things
change, will always win."
In order to be a really good chess player you need to see
several moves ahead, which is one of the key factors when
solving problems. You need to see into the future goal, you need
to see all the steps involved, you need to see the possible
obstacles that you may have, you need to know your options if
things change. But just because you're good at chess does not
mean that you're good at solving problems. You need to learn
"If a computer can play chess, then a
computer can use chess pieces as symbols to represent all kinds
of different information."
People make the mistake sometimes of zooming in to much on
problems that they can't see the whole picture. They seem to
focus to much on unique details. When you're zoomed in to far
all you can see is a small part of a much larger issue. You need
to zoom out and backup far enough to see the whole picture from
the beginning and be able to see all the way to a possible
outcome. Being able to see a single pixel can be useful
sometimes, but just seeing things close is like putting on
blinders, which makes it impossible to understand what you're
really looking at. So you need to zoom out to see all the pixels
that create a picture. This way you can begin to understand what
you're truly looking at. You have to see all the levels, all the
time frames, and all the different angles. As you
zoom out more you will notice that the more you see the more
your questions will change at each level of focus. So if you
never zoom out enough you will never know if you're asking all
the right questions.
"Remember, just solving one problem does
not solve all your problems. You have to see the whole picture
in order to understand it correctly and collectively, meaning,
people acting together as well as seeing the world as a
collective, a whole, but made up of different elements."
"Don't worry, we'll figure it out, we can figure out almost anything."
When solving problems sometimes you have
to stop, step back and take some time to think. Think about the
problem and study it carefully. Think about all the different ways that you can go
about solving this problem. You don't want to bang your head against the
wall and try to solve problems to quickly because you may end up
wasting time, or make it worse, or not totally fix the problem,
because quick fixes never last. Plus, when you're feeling
stressed or when you're struggling to solve a problem, your
thinking becomes less clear and you become less focused. So walk
around or lay down, you will be amazed on how much you can
learn when you're
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Sometimes the first solution to a problem does not always solve
the problem, or solve the problem completely. Problem solving
takes more then one try. And the solution itself can also can be
improved and modified. So the first solution is seldom the last
solution you will have. Problem solving also needs periodic
maintenance, because things change. Problem solving is an
ongoing process. Don't ever think that something is totally
fixed. Just because you solved a problem today doesn't mean that
that same problem will be solved tomorrow, because things
change. That is one of the main
reasons why problem solving skills are extremely important.
Fixing a problem can also cause other problems to happen.
Sometimes a solution to a problem creates
other problems, that's not problem solving, that's problem
Somebody Else's Problem
Solution Caused Problems
Don't make problems worse
Punishing a person, because of a problem, is illogical. If you
want to help someone solve a problem, then help them, you can't
help people solve their problems when you're adding to their
problems. It's just common sense,
helping someone is a lot better then
"You don't make things better by making
"When you see a problem, solve it, Don't
run away from a problem and pretend that it will go away on its
own, because you could create more problems."
"If you ever need a helping hand, sometimes
you have to use the hand that's at the end of your arm, because
some of life's greatest tests we have to face alone."