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A great Big Question will get your SOLE off to a flying start, but deciding what to ask is the hardest part! Children love questions with no easy answer.


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Building walls - Posted by Jill Proctor


  Author - School in the Cloud

  Location: Cheltenham



Why do we build walls? (Year 1 – age 5-6 year old project)

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Why do we build walls? (Year 1 – age 5-6 year old project)

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Architecture | History

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Identity - Posted by Isha Manchanda


  Author - School in the Cloud

  Location: Goa



What is “identity”? How do culture and history affect it?

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What is “identity”? How do culture and history affect it?

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Culture | History | identity

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Colonialism - Posted by Charlotte Dooley


  Author - School in the Cloud

  Location: Sydney



What has been the effect of British Colonialism in Australia?

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What has been the effect of British Colonialism in Australia?

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Colonialism | Empire | Geography | History | Politics | Postcolonial

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Slavery - Posted by Victoria Richardson


  Author - School in the Cloud

  Location: New Jersey



What is slavery?

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What is slavery?

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Freedom City 2017 | History | MLK | oppression | Slavery

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Global SOLE Event: Freedom City 2017


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Become part of our Biggest Ever Big Question on Martin Luther King Day 2017 (16th January 2017)

On Monday 16th January, children in schools, community centres and other organisations are invited to answer a special Big Question posed by Professor Sugata Mitra to commemorate Martin Luther King Day, as part of Freedom City 2017. Along with people all over the world, you will have the opportunity to engage with Dr King’s ideas and form your own response to the Big Question – exploring the themes of connectivity and King’s legacy within an increasingly global society.

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Become part of our Biggest Ever Big Question on Martin Luther King Day 2017 (16th January 2017)

On Monday 16th January, children in schools, community centres and other organisations are invited to answer a special Big Question posed by Professor Sugata Mitra to commemorate Martin Luther King Day, as part of Freedom City 2017. Along with people all over the world, you will have the opportunity to engage with Dr King’s ideas and form your own response to the Big Question – exploring the themes of connectivity and King’s legacy within an increasingly global society.

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Big Questions | Freedom City 2017 | Global | Global SOLE | History | Legacy | Martin Luther King Jr

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Ancient Egypt - Posted by Irene Tzovolos Tarasov


  Author - School in the Cloud

  Location: Lawrence



What was daily life like in Ancient Egypt?

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What was daily life like in Ancient Egypt?

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Ancient Egypt | Cultures | Daily Life | History

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Christmas through History - Posted by Mark Alwill


  Author - School in the Cloud

  Location: New Jersey



How has the celebration of Christmas changed through American history?

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How has the celebration of Christmas changed through American history?

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America | Celebrations | Christianity | Christmas | History | Religion | Religious Studies | traditions

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Stone Age- Posted by Centro Educativo Monarca


  Author - School in the Cloud

  Location: Zamora Michoacán México



What would happen if the people of Stone Age live in our year?

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What would happen if the people of Stone Age live in our year?

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History | Stone Age

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The world is flat?


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Why did people used to think that the world was flat?

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Why did people used to think that the world was flat?

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Earth | History | Physics | Science

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US Constitution


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How is the US Constitution a “living document”?

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How is the US Constitution a “living document”?

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Civil Rights | Constitution | History | Human Rights | USA

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Benjamin Franklin: Kite Experiment


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How has Benjamin Franklin’s kite experiment changed our lives?

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How has Benjamin Franklin’s kite experiment changed our lives?

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Benjamin Franklin | Electricity | Experiments | History | Kites | Science | USA

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Wars


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If there had never been wars how would the world be different?

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If there had never been wars how would the world be different?

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Conflict | Evolution | History | War

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The Past: Can it teach us about the future?


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How can the past teach us about the future?

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How can the past teach us about the future?

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Education | History | Learning | Social History | Social Studies | Sociology | The Future | The Past

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Historians: Your past


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How are historians of the future going to know about your past?

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How are historians of the future going to know about your past?

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Archaeology | Artefacts | Historians | History | Political History | Social History | Technology | The Future | The Past

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Old Things: Why we should look after them


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Why should we look after old things?

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Why should we look after old things?

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Archaeology | History | Preservation | Things

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Early Exporation: How did it shape history?


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How did early exploration, encounter, and trade shape our history?

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How did early exploration, encounter, and trade shape our history?

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Commerce | Economy | Exploration | History | Trade

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Human Error


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Why do humans commit the same errors (in terms of the environment or society or politics) again and again?

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Why do humans commit the same errors (in terms of the environment or society or politics) again and again?

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Evolution | History | Human Behaviour | Human Beings | Humans | Political History | Politics | Social History | Social Studies

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Mesopotamian Civilization


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How could the ancient Mesopotamian civilization have been saved?

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How could the ancient Mesopotamian civilization have been saved?

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Ancient Civilisations | Civilisations | History | Social History

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History: Why is it important?


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Why is “History” important?

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Why is “History” important?

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History | Political History | Social History

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Humans: Are we all related?


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Are all humans related to each other?

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Are all humans related to each other?

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Ancestors | Family | History | Humans | Relationships

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Poverty: Why are people poor?


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Why are people poor?

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Why are people poor?

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Economics | History | Money | People | Poverty | Responsibility | Sociology

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Storytelling: Why is it important?


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Why is storytelling important?

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Why is storytelling important?

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Culture | Fiction | History | Language | Literature | Story Telling

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Thinking about the Past


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Why do we think about past even when we know that it has already been completed.

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Why do we think about past even when we know that it has already been completed.

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History | The Past | Thinking | Time

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Mankind's Greatest Discovery


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What is mankind’s greatest discovery?

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What is mankind’s greatest discovery?

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History | Inventions

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Learning History


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What are we trying to learn when we study history?

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What are we trying to learn when we study history?

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Education | History | Learning

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First Numbers


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When were numbers first written down?

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When were numbers first written down?

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History | Maths | Numbers

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Oldest Story


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What is the oldest story?

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What is the oldest story?

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History | Literature | Stories | Story Telling

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iPhone and Harvesting of Wheat in Iran


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How did the harvesting of wheat in Iran 11,000 years ago lead to the creation of an I phone in California?

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How did the harvesting of wheat in Iran 11,000 years ago lead to the creation of an I phone in California?

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Agriculture | Capitalism | Digital Technology | History | Human Beings | Iran | Technology

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New Inventions vs The Past


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Are we always too keen to make new inventions, or can we learn more lessons from the past?

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Are we always too keen to make new inventions, or can we learn more lessons from the past?

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History | Inventions | Progress | The Past

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Importance of Conquest


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Why is conquest an important facet of some civilizations?

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Why is conquest an important facet of some civilizations?

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Ancient Civilisations | Civilisations | Conquest | History | Social History

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Salvery


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Was slavery only for colored people?

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Was slavery only for colored people?

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Civil Rights | History | Human Rights | Slavery

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Peace - The Impossible Dream?


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Is peace an impossible dream?

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Is peace an impossible dream?

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Dreams | Evolution | History | Peace | The Future | War

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The world without Ancient Egypt


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How would the world be different without Ancient Egypt?

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How would the world be different without Ancient Egypt?

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Ancient Civilisations | Culture | Egypt | History

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Myths


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What is a myth?

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What is a myth?

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Anthropology | History | Myths | Psychology

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How do we know?


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How do we know what we know about long ago?

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How do we know what we know about long ago?

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Archaeology | History | Knowledge | Palentology | Social History | Sociology

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Effects of Colonialism


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What are the effects of colonialism?

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What are the effects of colonialism?

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Colonialism | History

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Ave Maria on a Stradivarius or a Cecilio?


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Does “Ave Maria” sound better when played on a Stradivarius or a Cecilio, and what exactly causes a difference in our ears?

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Does “Ave Maria” sound better when played on a Stradivarius or a Cecilio, and what exactly causes a difference in our ears?

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History | Music | Science

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Christmas Holiday


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How did we get the Christmas Holiday?

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How did we get the Christmas Holiday?

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History | Religion

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Poems Changing the World


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Has a poem ever changed the world?

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Has a poem ever changed the world?

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History | Literature | Poetry

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Study of Old Civilisations


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How does it help us today to study old civilizations and their history?

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How does it help us today to study old civilizations and their history?

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Civilisations | Culture | History

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President vs Prime Minister


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What is the difference between a President and a Prime Minister?

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What is the difference between a President and a Prime Minister?

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History | Political History | Politics

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Educare


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What is “educare” and where was it first used?

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What is “educare” and where was it first used?

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Educare | Education | Etimology | History

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History


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Why do we learn history

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Why do we learn history

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Education | History | Learning

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Leaders


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Do we need leaders? Why?

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Do we need leaders? Why?

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History | Leadership | Social Science