Huge spoilers for the movie Book of Eli. You were warned.
1. What questions perplex you about this video?
If we were assigning a score for perplexity, can we agree that this would receive a much higher score than Big Baby?
Jazo: how long will it take for him to recite the whole bible?
Sam Critchlow: how long is this movie going to be if he speaks this slowly for the whole bible?
Peter: how long would it take to dictate the entire bible
Roz: How long would it take to transcribe the bible
Matt: how long to recite?
Chris: Given that the Bible was being recalled from memory and transcribed at the same time, how long might it take?
I set the units to “days” – I wouldn’t have done this in class – which led to:
2. What is your guess? What is a number you know is too high / too low?
3. What information do you need to answer that question?
Sam Critchlow: # words in bible
Chris: How many verses? Time per verse?
Peter: how many words per minute is he speaking? how many words in the bible
Roz: Are they taking breaks?
Jazo: how many words does he speak in a day at that speed?
schwartz: How fast a reader is he? How much time a day does he spend reading?
Matt: how many verses in the bible and average word length of each verse
Barb: I need to know if he reads 24 hours a day or takes breaks
Barb: Which version of the Bible
schwartz: How long is the bible in pages or words?
Three things about this conversation.
- It’s fun.
- It’s challenging.
- It doesn’t happen when you assign problems one through thirty odd.
I laid a timer over the relevant part of the video and linked it up, but you don’t even really need that. You’re counting. You’re Googling. (It’s the English Standard Version translation.) You’re calculating.
4. Submit your work.
Technical innovation: a public Evernote notebook.
Participants e-mailed my Evernote address with “@BookOfEli” in the subject. They attached a scan or a photo of their work and then everyone could see everybody else’s work.
5. Show the answer.
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