Overview


Subject/Sub-Subject: Social Studies/Other


Title: How has technology changed over the years?


Summary:

Students examine a photograph of a vintage computing department from the past to identify changes in technology between then and now.


Understanding Goal

Technology has evolved from years ago to what we now have.

Investigative Question

How has technology changed over the years?

Grade(s): 3, 4, 5, K
Audience: Early Childhood
Learners: Students in grades 3-5 with all ranges of ability.
Required Vocabulary: N/A
Prior Content Knowledge: N/A
Standards

Virginia Computer/Technology Standards of Learning
Grades 3-5
Basic Operations and Concepts
C/T 3-5.1 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the nature and operation of technology systems.
C/T 3-5.2 The student will demonstrate proficiency in the use of technology.

Field Tests

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November 20, 2006 - Lindsay Whitney
November 15, 2006 - Beth Prange
November 14, 2006 - Margot Bowers

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How has technology changed over the years?

Understanding Goal

Technology has evolved from years ago to what we now have.

Required Materials

Files

Computer.ppt

Directions

Introduction

Step 1 Group students according to readiness level for differentiated questions posed in the zoom activity
Step 2 Present the zoom activity to the whole group.
Step 3 Stop after each slide to allow student groups to discuss the questions, then have the groups report out. Allow students to highlight sections of the photograph on a Smartboard or by pointing. Record students' responses for use later in the lesson.
Step 4 Present the Understanding Goal to students, and facilitate a discussion about the similarities and differences of technology then and now. Record their ideas using a graphic organizer.

Best Instructional Practices


Understanding Goal

Technology has evolved from years ago to what we now have.

Investigative Question

How has technology changed over the years?


Analysis of Student Learning


Students were able to easily compare and contrast how computer technology has changed over the years. I also found that students had a wide variety guesses or what the picture was during the beginning stages of the zoom in activity. They were able to discuss their thoughts with others before sharing with the entire class.


Analysis of Best Instructional Practices (learn more)

Differentiated Instruction Differentiated Instruction (learn more)

Grouping Learners

Teaching for Understanding Teaching for Understanding(learn more)

Explicit Understanding Goal

Assessing Understanding

Learners Explain Thinking

Technology Integration Technology Integration(learn more)

Content Presented

Whole Group Presentation

Reflections and Recommendations


Differentiated questions for two groups helped guide students through the learning experience and helped foster meaningful discussions among students. It was very helpful to have several teachers in the room to help monitor the groups and their discussions. The students enjoyed guessing what the picture was and I was surprised by the students' shared thoughts. The rationale behind their thoughts were often quite funny and made the lesson even more fun. The Smartboard added an additional element that spiked even more interest in the zoom activity. The spotlight and magnifying ability of the Smartboard allowed for much closer examination of the selected photo. Having students move these two elements created a desire that others also wanted to be involved with. With this activity, students were able to compare and contrast how technology has changed over the years.

Credits

Authors and Contributors

Craig Spraggins
Carlin Springs Elementary School, Arlington County Public Schools, Virginia

Library of Congress Items

Library of Congress items used in this Lesson Plan.

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The Bonus division where the many clerks figure the amount of the bonus each veteran is entitled to / National Phot. Unknown. 1909-1932. The Bonus division where the many clerks figure the amount of the bonus each veteran is entitled to / National Phot. Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs, National Photo Company Collection .