Tag: history

Waldseemüller Map

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waldseemuller_map

The Waldseemüller map is a world map drawn by German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller and originally published in April 1507. The map consists of 12 panels, arranged in a 4×3 grid, totaling 2.48 by 1.38 meters when wall mounted into a single piece. It was …

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Measuring Worth

http://www.measuringworth.com

Measuring Worth is a fantastic online application which aims to give a modern day value to sums of money from the past. For example, how much was £20 worth in 1760? Even for someone with an understanding of economic concepts such as inflation and …

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What $8499 Bought in 1989

http://www.stephenbailey.com/technology/what-8499…

Most people know that the price of computer technology is falling. However, many people do not fully understand the scope of this change. This article shows a top-of-the-line PC from 1989, priced at USD $8,499. Working from this article, students can be asked to …

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One of the first news reports about this thing called “Internet”

http://thenextweb.com/shareables/2010/04/17/news…

This extremely dated video clip introduces video to a new craze sweeping the world: Internet. When you need something to remind students that there was life before the Net, this is the resource to use. It also provides a view of the Internet as …

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The 10 Most Important Technologies of Modern World History

http://gadgetcrave.com/the-10-most-important-technologies-of-modern-world-history/273/

Technology; for the most part; exists to make life easier. By that definition; we’ve got it pretty good thanks to the hard work of our fellow humans. In weighing the world’s most important technologies; we ruled out the nitty gritty that led to some …

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Oldest English words identified

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7911645.stm

An interesting look at applying computer modeling to linguistics.…

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History of the Internet on Vimeo

Despite the comical voice over, this video provides some interesting material on the history of the Internet and the developments that lead to it, such as time-sharing and file sharing. This provides an interesting way to bust the myth that the Internet is a recent …

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Free Documentaries Online

http://freedocumentaries.org/

Great collection of free documentaries on a wide range of topics. This site represents a goldmine of material for encouraging students to question the status quo, and look at the world outside of their own experience.…

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Normandy Beach Landing Photo

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:NormandySupply.jpg

A large picture of the Normandy beach landings; useful for stimulating student discussion and interest. As it is in the public domain, this image can be freely used in the creation of presentations, texts, videos and more.…

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San Francisco in Ruin; 1906

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/nca/1906/kap/lawrence.php

An insanely large picture of the San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake; useful for stimulating student discussion and interest.…

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