Early Mechanical Calculating Devices-L102

Early Mechanical Calculating Devices-L102

*Time is a minimum time estimate and creativity is difficult to limit this way

This lesson will explore the fascinating history of early mechanical calculating devices. Students will engage in hands-on activities, multimedia exploration, and interactive storytelling.

Scroll down for a pre-task to get you thinking, notes on how to succeed and then the main activity slides where you’ll find step-by-step instructions.

Exploration of ancient inventions, hands-on creativity, understanding how technology has evolved, creating and sharing a personal project.

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Digital and meta skills

Let's think A History of Computers

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Learning Intentions

โ€ข We are learning to explore early mechanical calculating devices. โ€ข We are learning to use digital tools to create and share our discoveries. โ€ข We are learning to work together and ask thoughtful questions.

Success Criteria

โ€ข What I'm Looking For is a well-researched timeline. โ€ข What I'm Looking For is your creativity in drawings and presentation. โ€ข What I'm Looking For is your engagement with your classmates, sharing and learning together.

Hints and tips

1. Don't worry if your drawing isn't perfect; it's the idea that matters. 2. Ask for help if you're stuck with the digital tools. 3. Take your time to explore and understand each device.

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