History of Computers & Technology
Web Quest
Introduction
Tasks --> 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5
Extension Learning (6)
Final Task
Video Task
Score Guide

 

 

Introduction

The beginning of computing devices is not captured in historical books as accurately as one might think. This Web Quest will provide resources for learning about the ancestors of computing devices and the significant historical events that shape our technology world.

 


Tasks

checkmarkCalculating Devices & Machines --> Task Document 1


Students will learn about calculating devices and machines that preceeded computers. Many mathematicans influenced the evolution of computing devices.
Task Card I is a file with 5 questions dealing with this Task topic. Students are to open the Task Card file, complete the questions using the information found on the Web Quest page - Calculating Devices & Machines - and save the Task Card as their firstinitiallastinitialTask1 in their network folder and in the Class Hand-in folder.

 

 

checkmarkDevelopment of Computers --> Task Document 2

Students will learn about how computers began as mechanical devices and how history was changed by a deciding court declaration in 1973.
Task Card II is a file with 5 questions dealing with this Task topic. Students are to open the Task Card file, complete the questions using the information found on the Web Quest page - Development of Computers- and save the Task Card as their firstinitiallastinitialTask2 in their network folder and in the Class Hand-in folder. 

 

 

checkmarkThe Father of the Computer: John V. Atanasoff --> Task Document: 3

Learn about the 'father of the computer'. Use the listed web pages to answer the task questions about the invention of the first digital computer and the historical significance it had on our technology today.

Site 1: John Vincent Atanasoff - Fact Archive

Site 2: Inventors of the Modern Computer - About.com: Inventors

Site 3: John Atanasoff - World Biography article

 

 

checkmarkUnderstanding Binary Code --> Task Document: 4
Learn about the computer number system and convert decimal numbers to binary and learn the alphabet in binary.

Binary Numbers-Introduction and Conversion Site
Binary People Counter
Play the Binary Card Game
The Alphabet in Binary

 

checkmarkThe Unusual Evolution of Computing --> Task Document: 5
Learn about all the unusal items in computing and how they originated.

All About Mice
The First Computer Bug
The First Personal Computer
Computer Keyboard

 

 

checkmarkExtension Learning

Students will choose an extension learning task from the list below and complete the task card for it.
Students are to open the Task Card file, complete the questions using the information found on the corresponding Web Quest page and save the Task Card as their firstinitiallastinitialTask4A or Task4Bin their network folder and in the Class Hand-in folder.

 

All About the Abacus
Task Document: 6A

 

Learn about the history of an abacus, how to use an abacus and then use an interactive abacus to create numbers.

The Abacus

Evolution of Sketchpad
Task Document: 6B

Learn about the revolutionary computer program that was interactive with users in a graphical format.

Sketchpad Creation
Sketchpad movie


History of the Internet
Task Document 6C

Using a timeline, learn about the development of the Internet, the World Wide Web, and Google.

Internet Timeline

History of Video Games
Task Document 6D

Using a timeline, learn about the rapid development of video games (beginning with computer-type game consoles).

A Brief History of Video Games: Timeline from Pong to Grand Theft Auto

Learn More!
Enjoy these sites to learn more about the history of computers.

Computer History Timeline

 

 

 

 


checkmark Final Task

Students will create an outline with information they've learned from this unit. The outline must use word processing and proper outline format with a numbered list.The outline must include the following:

 

Name in Header
Title of Document
People - list three people and their accomplishments
Machines - list two machines and significance of their development
Devices/Items - list three parts/items that were used and the significance of their use
1973 Legal Case - give two points determined by the court case
Interesting Points - give two interesting facts/learnings from this unit

Students are to create an outline with the above information and then save the Task as their firstinitiallastinitialTask5 in their network folder and in the Class Hand-in folder.


checkmarkFrom One John V. Atanasoff --> Task Document: Video

Students will learn about how computers began as mechanical devices and how history was changed by a deciding court declaration in 1973.
The task document is a file with questions dealing with this Task topic. Students will be given printed Task Card documents to complete the questions during viewing of the movie - From One John V. Atanasoff - and use the completed questions in the final Task of the unit.

 

 


Unit Scoring Guide

Task 1 2.5 points
Task 2 2.5 points
Task 3 5 points
Task 4 2.5 points
Task 5 2.5 points
Final Task 15 points

  Resources for History of Computers WebQuest

Creator:  Ann Wiley, Johnston Community School District, 2008