Where We Are In Place and Time

An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations from local and global perspectives.

Central Idea: Changes in communication technology have changed the way we live, work, and play.
Lines of Inquiry:
Why people communicate.
How communications technology has changed the world.
The responsibility of communication.

This unit is about how communication has changed for people through history. We will be exploring communication technologies and how each advancement has changed our world over time. We will spend time exploring the uses of a variety of communications technologies and about our responsibility when using them.

Below are some forms of communication to learn more about:
  • Communication Links
  • Pony Express
  • Printing Press
  • Telegram
  • Telegraph
  • Television
  • Phonograph
  • Typewriter
  • Telephone
  • Cell/Mobile phone
  • Internet/Email
  • H.A.M. Radio
  • Walkie Talkie
  • Braille
  • American Sign Language
  • Post Office
  • AM/FM Radio



Communication Links:


Liberty Kids Midnight Ride (video)

Egyptian Writing

Kids Zone - History of communication technologies

PBS-Technology


Turning Point In History - Industrial Revolution (3:30)



Printing Press

Histeria! The Printing Press (video)

History of the Printing Press

Pony Express

Pony Express for Kids

Social Studies-The Pony Express

Pony Express Home Station

The Pony Express Basics




The Pony Express - 1950s Educational Video (7:59)

Telegram


What is a telegram? (with picture)

What is a telegram?

History of the telegram

The Zimmermann Telegram


Telgraph History: "Telegram for America" circa 1956 Western Union (19:30)


Communication - Telegram Invention & Discovery (0:40)

Telegraph


Kids Work! Telegraph

Morse Code & the Telegraph

The Telegraph - Kids Network

How a Telegraph Machine Works (video)



Television


Kids Work! (Television)

Fun TV Facts for Kids

Phonograph




The Phonograph

Edison Film and Sound: History of...

Invention of the Phonograph

Phonograph - Kids.Net



Typewriter



How to Use an Old Typewriter (2:03)

What is This? A Typewriter (video)

A Very Brief Visual History of the Typewriter (video)

Typewriters (video 4min.)

Typewriter History - Invention

A Brief History of Typewriters

Kids.Net - Encyclopedia

Telephone

Kids Zone - History of the Telephone

Invention of the Telephone (video)

How to Dial a Rotary Phone


The Invention of the Telephone (2:37)


Cell/Mobile Phones


Text Messaging in 1985 (video)

History of Cell Phones (video)

Internet/E-mail

Kids.gov - Computers

Birth of the Internet

BPL Kids Page - About the Internet

A Brief History of the Internet (video)


How to Send an E-mail Using Gmail (2:17)

H.A.M. Radio



Getting Started in HAM Radio (14:05)


Demonstration of H.A.M Radio for Children (14:27)


Getting Started: Welcome To Amateur Radio (7:22)

kidshamradio.com

What is Ham Radio? (arrl.org)

What is a Ham Radio?

Walkie Talkie



Walkie Talkie History (6:34)

History of Walkie Talkies

What are Walkie Talkies? librarythinkquest.org




Braille



Why Do Blind People Use Braille? (1:48)


A Day In My Life (3:27)


Magic Touch - The Louis Braille Story (6:57)

Learn Braille In One Lesson (video)

American Sign Language



The History of American Sign Language (6:39)

Sign Language History

Sign Language - Fun Facts

American Sign Language

How did Sign Language Originate?

Sign Writing Stories

Post Office

How to Use the Post Office

Post Office Definition

National Postal Museum

Post Office Fun Facts

Interesting Facts About The US Postal Service

Let's Play Post Office-Fun Facts, Questions, Answers, Information





Am/FM Radio

Radio-Kids Work!

The History of the Radio


A Brief History of Radio (3:06)

Television

Television Invention-Kids work!

Broadcast Television-Kids Work!


History of Television (11:23)


History of Television (3.08)

Cell Phones


Did you know?...Cell Phones

Technology Facts-Cell Phones


Cell Phone History (2:46)
April 3, 2013


Skype/Face Time/ Video Calls


About Skype

Video Calling Definition

How to Video Call/Webcam

When did Video Calling Start?