Lesson Plan: For Teachers: Computers and Canadian Culture
Present the students with a
reasonably difficult (depending on grade level) math or algebra problem. Ask
them to do the calculation on paper, and then allow them to use a calculator.
You can also demonstrate a slide rule to calculate the answer.
Ask: What other aspects of modern life would be more difficult without computers? Include jobs, processes, and technology. List the students' responses on the board or chart paper.
Outline the Opportunity
students to the topic Computer Invasion:
A History of Automation in Canada on the CBC Digital Archives website. Have
them view the clips titled "Meet ENIAC...", and "Mechanical brains" first,
followed by the rest of the clips in the topic.
Students will list, in chart form, the jobs and processes that the computer has changed. Have them include the year the changes occurred, where possible.
Revisit and Reflect
In groups of three or four, students will compare and combine their findings. Have one representative from each group present the group's list and create a master list on the board. Ask the class: Compared with our earlier list, do computers have more or less of an effect on your life than you thought? How?
Students can prepare a short essay that completes the sentence: Computers have revolutionized our lives by....