Magazine article Technology and Children

Things Change Fast!

Magazine article Technology and Children

Things Change Fast!

Article excerpt


Do your students know what a vinyl record is? How about a bottle opener? Some of your younger students might not know what a VCR is or a floppy disk. Many of the objects you grew up with aren't used much ally more, and your students may have no clue what you're talking about or what these objects are. Try making a time capsule for your students with photos and actual objects from your childhood or the generation before yours. Let them guess what the objects are and see how close they come to the real reason the object was invented. You can get great ideas from the Internet, and there are many books with pictures that you can photocopy. You can also do a time capsule for the future that you start with a first grade class and then open with them at the end of their last year at your school. You'll be amazed at how fast things change!

Design Activity

Open a time capsule and figure out
what the objects in it are.


* Box with outdated objects or
photos that are numbered

* Paper/pencil

* Large chart

* Markers


1. Before introducing the activity,
make the time capsule. You could
divide your class in two groups
and let one group make the time
capsule and the other try to
decipher what the objects are. … 
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