Task 4 – Option 3

Option 3: Exploring past and present technologies: Share a lesson idea that involves exploring past and present technologies. You might prepare a resource, a lesson plan or some online content that accompanies your lesson. Share your idea with the community. If you are a teacher trainer, you might consider an idea for a professional development session.



Using the ‘100 Days of School’ (100th day of attending school) as a springboard for this activity! Dress up and make a day of it. Students could be told to come dressed from any era from the past 100 years up until now.

When the students enter the room, you could have an item of technology from the past (i.e. a 1950s Harman Kardon Festival TA230) hidden under a cloth.

Show the students the audio system and without revealing too much information, invite students to make observations. Identify the machines working parts and discuss students’ ideas about what the machine was for and how it could have operated.

Tell the students that today they are going to be historians. They are going to be travelling back in time to explore the advancement of the technology they have come to know and love in modern day.

Using the Harman Kardon as an example, create a simple timeline that depicts how this piece of home audio equipment has changed over time.


Divide the students into groups. Where possible have students explore an item from history (e.g., video game, phone, computer, vacuum cleaner, television, headphones), where this is not possible, have them view photos and videos of that item.

Students need to:

  • Firstly, identify what is the item?
  • What it was used for?
  • What group of technology it belongs to?
  • Where does it fit into the technology advancement timeline?

(These questions could be answered on a work sheet/padlet etc)

Students will then create a timeline for this piece of technology. They will need to note the changes that occur as the technology develops and advances over time. Student could present this as an infographic digital poster (using programs like Padlet) or on a timeline (using  programs like Tiki Toki).

At the end of the session, students number off (e.g. 1-4). All of the number 1’s get together, 2’s get together so on and so forth… each child is now responsible for sharing the technological timeline for their chosen item with the rest of the group.


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