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Author

Crash Course

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College

Subjects

Social Studies, History, Computer Science and Design Thinking

Regional Focus

Global

Computer Science Preview

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Synopsis
  • This short video is the introduction to a video series on computer science.
  • The video introduces topics like the origins of modern computers, the history of hardware and software, and the development of computing and smart devices, all of which are covered in the rest of the series in more detail.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This video provides a simplified overview of the influence of modern computers on society and how much they have changed over time.
  • This video can be used to engage students who have had little to no experience with computer science.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Neither this video nor the rest of the series will teach computer programming.
  • The video has time stamps for each topic discussed, making it easy to search for specific information.

Differentiation

  • Have students consider the important role technology and modern computers have had in assessing and addressing climate change through developing climate models, engaging people worldwide via social media, and aiding governments and businesses with the logistics of expanding renewable energy.
  • This video is the second in the series and discusses the history of early computing.
Scientist Notes
This resource is the preview for the forty-part Computer Science Crash Course. This video is compelling in both the information presented and the graphics. The presenter is well-informed and seems genuinely interested in computing. The resource lays out a roadmap for the next thirty-nine episodes in the series and is sure to get students interested in learning more. This video provides a great starting point for more learning and is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Economics
      • D2.Eco.13.9-12 Explain why advancements in technology and investments in capital goods and human capital increase economic growth and standards of living.
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.7.6-8 Explain how changes in transportation and communication technology influence the spatial connections among human settlements and affect the diffusion of ideas and cultural practices.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • HS-ETS1-4 Use a computer simulation to model the impact of proposed solutions to a complex real-world problem with numerous criteria and constraints on interactions within and between systems relevant to the problem.
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