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Inventions Multimedia Time Line

Created By: Melissa Netznik, Lincoln Magnet School (Springfield, IL)
Grade Level: 8th
Content Area: American History
Database Integration: Students will utilize the TDC database to research various inventions throughout history.


Illinois Learning Standards Achieved

Standard Achieved

Activity that Meets this Standard

Goal 16 (Eighth Grade History): Understand events, trends, individuals, and movements shaping the history of Illinois, the United States, and other nations. Students will utilize the TDC database, along with other resources, to research various inventions throughout history. They will then create a multimedia time line to illustrate these inventions.
Goal 5 (Eighth Grade Language Arts): Use the language arts to acquire, assess, and communicate ideas. Students will utilize the TDC database, along with other resources, to research various inventions throughout history. They will then create a multimedia time line to illustrate these inventions.


Materials:


Procedures:

  1. Students will work in teams and complete a series of research stations to learn about various inventions throughout history and their impact. They will record their research on a data collection sheet. Internet sites, the TDC database, reference CD-ROMs, and reference books will be used for the students' research.
  2. Each team will create a multimedia time line using the program TimeLiner 5.0. Students will include the name of the invention, date invented, name of the inventor, and its use and impact (information from their data collection sheet).
  3. Students will locate and digitize pictures of the inventions from the resources used during their research, including the TDC database.
  4. After inputting all of the information and pictures into the TimeLiner program, the students will be able to display their time line in a variety of ways, including a traditional linear time line or as a multimedia slide show. These will be displayed and presented to the class.

Assessment:

The students' research will be evaluated for accuracy using a rubric, and the multimedia time line will be assessed by the teacher using a rubric. The time line will be assessed on its accuracy and how well the students conveyed the impact of each invention on history.