Forms of Commutation

Communication Technology

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Communication Technology

Engaging kids introduce your students to developmentally appropriate and accurate terminology for Communications Technology. With real life examples from their communities students discover how diversity concepts like language and disability are supported by technology. Advances in the technology of information, music and the delivery of visual arts are shown. Difficult concepts like the Internet and global communication by satellite are made clear with creative animations. Students also see the positive impacts of classroom collaboration over distance with the aid of technology

Learn about the very basic ways we all communicate.

  1. Students will be able to name common ways people communicate – talking, listening, reading, writing, acting, hand gestures, clothing, sounds, music, and codes. Students will know which of the five senses we use most to communicate – sight and sound.
  2. Students will be able to use correct terminology to identify forms of communication and communication technologies used in everyday life.
  3. Students will be exposed to many contemporary communication technologies as well as their historic predecessors. Featured: the telephone, cellular phone, videophone, radio, record player, cassette player, CD player, television, satellite, receiver, computer, the Internet, website, webpage, email.

  1. Before viewing the video, brainstorm with the students the different ways they communicate every day – how they share thoughts, ideas, and information with other people. Brainstorm what technologies they have used to communicate.
  2. After viewing the video

    make a list of the forms of communication discussed in the video – telling a story, writing, reading, acting, talking, and performing music. Next to each form, write the different technologies they might use with each form of communication, (i.e. they might use a telephone to talk to someone far away, or a computer to write a letter.)

  3. Have students write a story, and then communicate their story in several different ways, both face-to-face, and using technology. For example, students may act their story out for the class. If you have access to a video camera, tape students communicating their stories and upload the video to a class website or present it during a back-to-school night. Encourage students to continue this activity at home; they can use the telephone to tell their story to a relative.