How to Use the Ten Questions?

The Ten Questions can be used in multiple ways in and outside classroom for various projects.  See the table that follows.

LESSON & PROJECT

OTHER APPLICATIONS

Lesson-level

Community Discussion

Programming & Assessment

Starlight Congress (Mobile App)

Workshop –2016 Frontiers of Democracy

 

Project-level

Semester-level

Lesson level. Educators can use the Ten Questions in reading historical or contemporary events.

Project level. Students use the Ten Questions in conducting inquiry projects. The Ten Questions become signposts for the projects themselves. For example, Harvard College students conducted case studies using the Ten Questions. This practice is applicable in many different contexts, not only for high school and middle school students, but beyond.

Semester plan. A semester-level arrangement may be suitable for college level courses, such as Gov94CZ (From Voice to Influence: Understanding Citizenship in a Digital Age) first offered at Harvard’s Department of Government in fall 2016. Using the Ten Questions throughout the semester, students can discuss various topics on new communication patterns, changing policymaking processes, and ethical issues in digital civic agency  (course syllabus and bibliography)

 

Other applications. Several other cases have been developed by a community organizer, an app developer, and a social entrepreneur.

  • A tool builder reflected on the development process of his app that connects constituents to their electoral representatives (Startlight) using the Ten Questions.
  • A tool builder proposed an app building module using the Ten Questions. 
  • A community organizer used the Ten Questions for a blue-ribbon community conversation.
  • A community program developer reflected on their programming process using the Ten Questions.