The Impact of Communication Technology in the 1800s



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The Impact of Communication Technology in the 1800s

Can you imagine life without video games, telephones, cell phones, CD players, DVD players, VCR players, movies, music CDs, computers,  the Internet, the World Wide Web, printers, video cameras, and digital cameras? Technology is everywhere and used by everyone in today's society.  Many of the things we use today were initially created in the 1800s.  What invention from the 1800s has most changed the way you communicate today?  How has technology impacted our lives?

The Impact Tomorrow Foundation has decided to present an award for inventions that greatly affect the future.  The first award it will present will be given to the invention from the 1800s that has most impacted the way we communicate today.  The winner of this award, called the Impact Tomorrow award, will be decided by you and your classmates. 

You will work with a partner and view the information about each of the inventions listed here which were invented in the 1800s.  Together, you should agree on which of these inventions had the greatest impact on the future.  Use this guide (adapted from Tom March's Freedom Fighter or Terrorist" web quest worksheet) to help you decide.  With your partner, you will prepare a slideshow using PowerPoint to present to your group to convince them of your choice.



  • Which invention do you think deserves the "Impact Tomorrow" Award for communications technology from the 1800s?

  • Who invented this invention?

  • When was it invented?

  • How did it change communication in the 1800s?

  • How has this invention affected communication today?

  • Why do you believe this invention had the greatest impact on communication today?

Group Process:

Your teacher will put you in teams of two to three members each.  In these groups, you will present your slide show of your invention choice. Your group should choose a spokesperson and be prepared to present your group's selection to the entire class.  After all presentations are completed, each student will vote on which invention you think has had the greatest impact. Be sure your final slide show presentation answers all of the following questions completely:



  • Which invention do you think deserves the "Impact Tomorrow" Award for communications technology from the 1800s?

  • Who invented this invention?

  • When was it invented?

  • How did it change communication in the 1800s?

  • How has this invention affected communication today?

  • Why do you believe this invention had the greatest impact on communication today?

Invention--Sources for Research:

| camera | kinetoscope | stereoscope | telephone | phonograph | typewriter | analytical engine | telegraph | general |

Camera (photography)

Pictures from the Civil War
Photography in the 1800s
History of Photography
Cameras before the 1900s
Kodak
Panoramic Photography
Photography and Cameras
Photography and the Mentor
A Gallery

Kinetoscope

Origins of motion pictures
Inventing Entertainment
Motion Pictures Go to War
The Big Sneeze
A  Sneeze Caught on Film
An Early Film
An Early History of Motion Picture
Put ‘Em Up, Sister
The Vitascope

| top |



Stereoscope

About Stereoviews
Stereoscopes
Stereoscope Treasures

Telephone



The Invention of the Telephone
Alexander Graham Bell
Telephone industries
Telephone Operators
The Bell is Ringing
Hello, Is the Sun Shining?
Who is Credited With Inventing the Telephone?
The Telephone

Phonograph



An Interview with Thomas Edison
History of the phonograph
The Gramophone
Lee Deforest's Radio
Recording Sound
When Things Don’t Work
Edison’s Favorite Invention
The Wizard of Menlo Park
Inventing Entertainment

| top |

Typewriter

A History of the Typewriter
The QWERTY Connection (article by a collector)

Analytical Engine



The Engine and Babbage
Charles Babbage
Babbage (image from the American Memory Collection)
Punched Card

Telegraph



Samuel Morse's Telegraph
The Invention of the Telegraph
Telegraph Industries
Horses Are Out of Work
Dot, Dot, Dash, Dot, Dash

General



After the 1800s
Predictions from 1900
The Changing Office

Web Quest - Evaluation




Have you and your partner convinced your group?  Did your group convince the class?  Has your invention truly had the greatest impact on communications?  Be convincing and thorough!  You may want to anticipate the impact of the other inventions and include why your invention is more important than the others.

Your presentation to the group be evaluated as follows:



Your PowerPoint slide show should have:

  • accurate content

  • good use of graphics

  • originality

  • logical sequence

  • accurate spelling and grammar

  • effective presentation




Rubric




4


3

2




Content Effectiveness

Project includes all material needed to gain a comfortable understanding of the topic. It is a highly effective study guide

Project includes most material needed to gain a comfortable understanding of the material but is lacking one or two key elements. It is an adequate study guide.

Project is missing more than two key elements. It would make an incomplete study guide.




Use of Graphics

All graphics are attractive (size and colors) and support the theme/content of the presentation.

A few graphics are not attractive but all support the theme/content of the presentation.

All graphics are attractive but a few do not seem to support the theme/content of the presentation.




Spelling and Grammar

Presentation has no misspellings or grammatical errors.

Presentation has 1-2 misspellings, and 1-2 grammatical errors.

Presentation has more than 2 spelling and grammatical errors.





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