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Computers
Past, Present and Future

A webQuest for MS Students
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       Introduction       Task       Process       Resources       Evaluation       Conclusion       Works Cited        Teacher Info  

Introduction:

Computers International, a large computer manufacturing company, wants to do something NEW and EXCITING to attract new customers.  They received your resume and want to hire YOU! 
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Task:
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Your responsibility as a new hiree, is to create a newsletter that explains an exhibit in their recently built Computer Museum.  Board members can't wait to see how the computer has evolved and what interesting and new technologies were needed/invented to advance the manufacturing and capability of computers.  Good Luck and have fun!
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Process:
  1. Your boss will assign you a person to research.
  2. You will use the links provided below to research your person and his/her invention.
  3. You may also use the library to locate or verify information.
  4. To ensure that all exhibits contain the proper information, use the worksheet provided and answer the questions.
  5. You will use WORD and create a 2 column newsletter.  Your newsletter should explain all the information you gathered on your worksheet and include pictures.
  6. Your presentation should included pictures, examples, general descriptions, dates, how the invention impacted everyday life, etc.  Use the worksheet as a guideline.
  7. Be sure to include a bibliography.
  8. Be ready to present your information at the grand opening of the museum.
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Resources:
Wilhelm Schickard

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Mechanical Calculators
Computer History
Wilhelm Schickard
Blaise Pascal
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Computer History
Pascal: a Mathmatician
Pascal: an Inventor
Pascal's Invention
Gottfried Liebniz
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Computer History
Liebniz: a Mathematician
Liebniz
Liebniz: a History

Charles Babbage
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Babbage: a Mathematician
Babbage Exhibit
Babbage: an Inventor
Herman Hollerith
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Hollerith: a Mathematiacian
Hollerith: an Inventor
Hollerith
More on Hollerith
Thomas Watson
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Thomas J Watson
Watson
Watson 2
Watson 3

George Stibitz
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Stibitz: an Inventor
Stibitz: a Pioneer
George Stibitz
Stibitz 2
Howard Aiken
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Howard Aiken
Aiken: a Mathematician
More on Aiken
Aiken Biography
Aiken: an Inventor
Grace Hopper
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Hopper: an Inventor
The Grace Hopper Story
Grace Hopper
Women in Science: Grace Hopper

John Mauchly and Presper Eckert
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Inventors
Mauchly Exhibit
John Mauchly
Inventors 2
William Shockley
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The Transistor
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William Shockley
Shockley's Transistor
The Transistor 2
An Wang
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Biography on An Wang
An Wang
Inventor Hall of Fame: An Wang
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Jay Forrester
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Forrester
Jay Forrester
Jay Forrester: an Inventor
Robert Noyce
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Robert Noyce: an Inventor
Robert Noyce and the Transistor
Robert Noyce
Noyce: an Inventor

Dougles Englebart
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Douglas Englebart: an Inventor
Englebart's Inventions
Douglas Englebart: a Pioneer

Gordon Moore
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Biography on Gordon Moore
Gordon Moore
Moores Law
A tech Revolution: Gordon Moore
Ray Tomlinson
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Ray Tomlinson
The First E-Mail
Ray Tomlinson
RPI Hall of Fame:  Ray Tomlinson
William Gates
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Biography on Bill Gates
Bill Gates
Bill Gates and Windows
Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs
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Steve Wozniak: an Inventor
Biography on Steve Woznial
Steve Wozniak
Steve Jobs
The Apple Computer

Tim Berners Lee
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Tim Berners Lee: an Inventor
The Invention
Tim Berners Lee: a Pioneer

Marc Andreesen
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Marc Andreesen Biography
Andreesen: a Pioneer
Marc Andreesen
Marc Andreesen 2
History of Netscape
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Evaluation:
Topic for Evaluation:
Standing Ovation
Applause
Clapping
Organization
Notes are recorded and demonstrate excellent  organization  and neatness. Notes are recorded and demonstrate fair organization  and neatness. Notes are minimally recorded and demonstrate poor  organization  and neatness.
Information
You thoroughly explored all questions and clearly identified key aspects of your assigned inventor/ invention. You explored most questions and  identified some key aspects of your assigned inventor/invention. You explored few questions and identified few key aspects of your assigned inventor/invention.
Project
Your writing contains little to no errors, and your paragraphs are well-structured.  Your information is typed or neatly written in black or blue ink. Your writing contains errors, and it somewhat effects the readability. Your paragraphs may need more detail.  Your information may be neat , but there is room for improvement. Your writing may contain numerous errors which results in making it difficult to read.  Your neatness needs improvement.
Pictures
Your project contains many pictures with descriptions. Your project contains some pictures with some descriptions. Your project contains few pictures or no descriptions.
Bibliography
Your project contains a bibliography and it is formatted properly. Your project contains a bibliography, but  the format is incorrect. Your project does not contain a bibliography.
Presentation You clearly discussed and defended your position, and drew valid inferences from your research. You  partially discussed and defended your position, and drew some inferences from your research. You  rarely discussed and defended your position, and drew little to no inferences from your research.
Punctuality
Task  is completed early. Task is completed on time. Oops!  Too late!


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Conclusion:
What an interesting exhibit!  Computers could not be what they are today without the inventions that came before.  Thank heaven that people are willing to experiment and try new ideas!  It's also a good thing to pursue your hobbies.  Where would we be today without those who kept trying?  Many great ideas began in a basement or garage - who knows, your idea may be the next big one! computer
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Works Cited:
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www.animationlibrary.com
http://ei.cs.vt.edu/~history/Babbage.2.GIF
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Teacher Information:
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This WebQuest helps students understand the history of computers – the sequence of inventions and how rapidly advances occur.  Students access resources through the Internet and complete assigned activities.  

This WebQuest was created by Carol Ueland, Technology Teacher, Taconic Hills Middle School.

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