How changing technology affected people’s lives (at home and in the ways they worked, travelled, communicated and played in the past)

Elaborations

  • examining changes in technology over several generations by comparing past and present objects and photographs, and discussing how these changes have shaped people’s lives (for example, changes to land, air and sea transport; the move from wood-fired stoves to gas/electrical appliances; the introduction of transistors, television, FM radio and digital technologies; how people shopped and what they liked to buy, changes in the nature of waste and how waste is managed) (Skills: Literacy, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Capability, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability, Intercultural Understanding)
  • identifying technologies used in the childhoods of their grandparents or familiar elders and in their own childhood, and finding out where each was produced (Skills: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability, Intercultural Understanding)
  • examining the traditional toys used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to play and learn (for example, Arrernte children learn to play string games so they can remember stories they have been told) (Skills: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability, Intercultural Understanding)
  • creating models of toys used by children who lived when electricity was not available (Skills: Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability, Intercultural Understanding)
  • identifying some rules for children of past generations that do not apply in the present, and some rules of the present that did not exist in the past due to technological changes (Skills: Literacy, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Capability, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability, Ethical Understanding, Intercultural Understanding)

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