EDTEC 700: Blogging in the Classroom

Friday, March 25, 2005

Lesson - Life without Technology

I would like the students in my class to consider life without technology. I have started putting a lesson together. It would look something like this:

What if there the current technology that we are so accustomed to and dependent on was not a part of our daily life? This is a chance for you to consider life without the technology you use daily. How would your daily life be different?

You are a student in 1900. You will create a blog with daily entries detailing your daily activities for a period of one week. How do you get to school? How do you contact your friends and family? How do you get your homework completed? How would you find out about news and events?

1. First, you must sign up to create a blog. Go to the following website and create a username and password:
a. http://www.blogger.com/start
b. NOTE: DO NOT use your real identity. Create a username and password that does not reveal your real identity, and give the web address for your blog to me. This blog may be read by the entire class as well as parents and other students.
2. Use the following websites as sources for information about the 1900’s:
a. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/1900/
b. http://www.time.com/time/time100/timewarp/timewarp_us.html
c. http://pbskids.org/wayback/tech1900/
d. http://inventors.about.com/library/weekly/aa121599a.htm
e. http://www.archer2000.net/1900.html

Each blog entry will be read by your teacher. Each entry must include detail and should be at least two paragraphs in length.


At 9:41 PM, Blogger Stacy said...

This sounds like a really fun project for your students! I think it will be very thought-provoking for them as well. Great links.

Maybe in the future you could build a really cool WebQuest around the project?

At 9:57 AM, Blogger GringleGirl said...

Interesting idea. Recently a relative was telling me that one day her 10-year-old son was surfing the web and got bored so he asked her which sites she looked at when she was his age. He was shocked when she told him that we didn't have the Internet. Took him a day or two to recover! Maybe they could quiz their parents as part of the assignment.


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