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9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, History, Computer Science

Resource Type

  • Videos, 11 minutes, 53 seconds, CC, Subtitles

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Early Computing

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  • This animated video summarizes the history of computation technologies, from the invention of the abacus thousands of years ago to today's digital computer.
  • The video focuses on humanity's need for computing devices and their important role in shaping history and the advancement of societies.
Teaching Tips


  • The animations make the video engaging and make complex topics easy to understand.
  • This is a great introductory resource for computer courses, helping to establish the importance of such for societies, businesses, and individuals.

Additional Prerequisites

  • This video is not meant to teach students how to program.
  • This video is the first part of a two-part series on early computing but can be used as a standalone resource.


  • Students are introduced to many different concepts, including the industrial revolution, polynomials, and the first applications of computing technologies, which the teacher can expand upon.
  • This video can also be used in science and environment-related classes during lessons about the effects of globalization and an increasingly (advanced) technology-dependent world on the climate and environment.
  • Consider having students research the importance of computer modeling for climate change reports and for determining which sources of pollution and climate solutions should be addressed first.
Scientist Notes
This video explores the history of computing and how humans have an increasing need to innovate devices to handle their daily tasks with ease. The resource provides students with this insight and is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • PS4: Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer
      • HS-PS4-2 Evaluate questions about the advantages of using a digital transmission and storage of information.
  • 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.
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