Invention: Computer Technology HANDOUT
- Visit the Computer History Museum's online gallery of Personal Computers. (5 minutes)
- Discussion: (Raise hands! One at a time. 5 minutes)
Can you think of any other inventions that changed the way we work and live? Can you trace changes and refinements in those inventions? An example might be the sewing machine, which, originally, was mechanical, rather than electric, and had to be operated by a foot pedal. Another might be the phonograph, which evolved into the CD player.
- The activity in which you will participate will illustrate how inventions have evolved and are still evolving. We will work with partners. Each pair of partners will complete the following assignment: Select a common, non-electric household item that you believe is important. (5 minutes)
- Together, write down answers to the following questions about your item: (15 minutes)
- - Name of Item:
- What need does this item fill?
- What do you think the first one looked like?
- How did it change?
- How could it still be improved?
- What might this item look like in the future? (Draw a sketch.)
- Be prepared to present to the class the last 10 minutes.