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Digital Timeline of Toffler’s Wave Theory. Brandy Collins May 16, 2010. Strand 1 Toffler’s Wave Theory. Agricultural Age 1600-1750. Large, extended families Found land and settled, began domesticating animals and herding cattle

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agricultural age 1600 1750
Agricultural Age1600-1750

Large, extended families

Found land and settled, began domesticating animals and herding cattle

The children were typically homeschooled by someone in the family

industrial age 1750 1950
Industrial Age1750-1950

Families become nuclear

People moved into larger cities

Standardized materials were created and mass production became a reality

information age 1950 2000
Information Age1950-2000

One Parent families are common, both parents work outside the home

Technologies advance: automobiles, computers, cell phones and Internet become common in most households

communication age 2000 current
Communication Age2000-Current

One parent families still common, Both parents work outside the home still common as well

The ability to collaborate and communicate with others using technology

Digital classrooms, online classes/schools are extremely common


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1900 1910

1900-- George Eastman makes first portable camera that's affordable and open to the public

1901-Electric typewriter is invented

1903- Orville and Wilbur Wright take the first test flight in their plane at Kitty Hawk, NC

1904-The answering machine is invented

1905-The first Yellow Pages is invented

1906-An animated cartoon is created

1907- The Lamiere brothers create still color photography

1909- First subject on radio talk is about woman's suffrage

1910 1920

1910-Thomas Edison invented the first talking motion picture

1911-Curtiss invented the first Air Conditioner

1911-Kettering invented the first self starter for the automobile

1915-AT&T invented the first long distant radio phone

1919-Charles Strite invents the first pop up toaster

1920 1930

1920- The first commercial radio broadcast is made

1923-Garrett A. Morgan invents the traffic signal

1925-John L. Baird invented the mechanical television

1927- Charles Lindbergh becomes the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean

1930 1940

1930-Vannevar Bush at MIT invented the "differential analyzer", or analog computer

1932-Edward H. Land invented the Polaroid

1933-Edwin H. Armstrong created the Frequency Modulation (FM)

1934-Joseph Begun invents the first tape recorder for broadcasting - first magnetic recording

1936- Bell Labs invents the voice recognition machine

1940 1950

1940-Peter Goldmark invents modern color television system

1941-KonradZuse's Z3, the first computer controlled by software

1942-John Atanasoff and Clifford Berry built the first electronic digital computer

1944-William Kolff invented he kidney dialysis machine

1946-Percy Spencer invented the first microwave

1950 1960

1950-Ralph Schneider invented the first credit card (Diners)

1951-Charles Ginsburg invented the first video tape recorder

1951-Francis W. Davis invented power steering

1956- The first computer hard disk used

1957-Fortran computer language was invented

1958-The computer modem invented

1960 1970

1963-Audio cassette was invented

1964-John G. Kemeny and Tom Kurtz invented the BASIC computer language

1967- The first handheld calculator invented

1968-Douglas Engelbart invented the computer mouse

1969- The arpanet (first internet) invented

1970 1980

1971-James Fergason invented the liquid-crystal display (LCD)

1973-Robert Metcalfe and Xerox invented Ethernet

1978-Robert K. Jarvik invented the artificial heart Jarvik-7

1979-Cell phones were invented

1980 1990

1981-The first IBM-PC computer was invented

1984-The first Apple computer was invented

1985-Windows program invented by Microsoft

1986- Fuji introduced the disposable camera

1988- Digital cellular phones invented

1990 2000

1991- The digital answering machine invented

1993-The Pentium Processor was invented

1995- DVD (Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) invented

1996-Web TV was invented

2000 2010

2001-Apple announced their version of the portable music player –The Ipod

2001-Artificial liver invented by Dr. Kenneth Matsumura and AlinFoundation

2003- Toyota's Hybrid Car

2005-YouTube - the online video sharing and viewing community - was invented in 2005 by Steve Chen, Chad Hurley and Jawed Karim


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1900 19101

1900-Only 19% of women of working age were part of the workforce

1908-Henry Ford begins selling automobiles

1910 19201

1913-The U.S. government establishes the Department of Labor

1919-A record number of 4 million workers strike

1920 19301

1920-Farm organization set up lobbies in Washington

1929-The stock market crashes on October 24th—this day became known as “Black Thursday”

1930 19401

1930-1933-The Great Depression Begins

1938-Fair Labor Standards Act establishes the minimum wage

1940 19501

1947-American investments abroad reached an all time high of 26.7 billion

1949-Fair Labor Standards Act outlaws child labor

1950 19601

1950-31% of U.S. women worked outside the home

1950-1st credit cards are issued

1960 19701

1963-Congress passes the Equal Pay Act

1969-The first ATM machine begins operating in New York

1970 19801

1975-Founding of Microsoft

1979-Stagflation Federal Reserve Board tightens down on the supply of money

1980 19901

1980-Unemployment averages 7.1%

1980-President Carter signs first Chrysler bailout

1990 20001

1990-Inception of the Internet for commerce was introduced

1998-The search engine Google was founded

2000 20101

2001-ENRON files for bankruptsy

2009-Bernie Madoff jailed


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1900 19102

1901-John Dewey interpreted the method of empirical science in educational terms

1902-Edward Thorndike offered his 1st scientific theory of learning

1910 19202

1912-Frederic Burc developed one of the 1st systems of individual instruction at the San Francisco State Normal School

1919-Washburne’s Winnetka Plan was developed

1920 19302

1920-Educational Films came out

1925-Henry Clinton Morrison’s--Morrison Plan

Late 1920’s-Lewin’s Field Theory and Science of Instruction were experimented

1930 19402

1930-Fox Films seeks to place a projector in every classroom

1933-Ralph W. Tyler Eight Year Study use of general and behavioral objectives and formative evaluation

1934-Visual Instruction books published at an increased rate

1940 19502

1942-Jean Piaget’s Child Development

1947-B F Skinner’s Operant Conditioning

1949-Ralph Tyler publishes Basic Principles of Curriculum and Instruction

1950 19602

1954-B.F. Skinner publishes The Science o Learning and the Art of Teaching

1956-Benjamin Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives

1957-Programmed Instruction

1960 19702

1960-PLATO project begins

1965-Elementary and Secondary Education Act was established

1968-Personalized Instruction—Keller Plan

1969-First broadcast of Sesame Street

1970 19802

1970’s-Robert Mager introduced Criterion Referenced Instruction

1976-Cognitive Science begins to influence education

1980 19902

1982-Mastery of Teaching by Madeline Hunter was published

1983-Howard Gardner publishes Multiple Intelligences

1983-MD Merrill established the Component Display Theory

1990 20002

1990-IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Educational Act) was put into force

1990’s-Multimedia as an instructional tool becomes more popular

1991-First charter schools begin

1995-Bernie Dodge and Tom March developed Webquest which are used by teachers/instructors

2000 20102

2001-No Child Left Behind was put into act

2008-Obama is elected into office and NCLB may end up lapsing


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strand 5 nature of society and culture what key events determined the thinking of the decade
Strand 5Nature of society and culture: What key events determined the thinking of the decade?
1900 19103

The Wright brothers invent the first gas motored and manned airplane

1905- Albert Einstein published the Theory of Relativity and made famous the equation, E = mc2

1906-The Wright brothers sell their first airplane

1907-1st successful human blood transfusion

1910 19203

1911- Charles Franklin Kettering invents the first automobile electrical ignition system

1916-American’s worst polio epidemic

1920 19303

1920-19th Amendment to the Constitution granting women the right to vote was written

1921- Artificial life begins -- the first robot built

1926-Robert Goodard invents liquid fueled rockets

1930 19403

1931-The Empire State Building was completed

1932- Carl C. Magee invents the first parking meter

1933- Richard M. Hollingshead builds a prototype drive-in movie theater in his driveway

1937- The first jet engine is built.

1940 19503

1944- The kidney dialysis machine invented by Willem Kolff

1945- The atomic bomb invented

1947- Mobile phones first invented (although cell phones were not sold commercially until 1983)

1950 19603

1950-The first credit card (Diners) invented by Ralph Schneider

1953- Radial tires invented

1954- Oral contraceptives invented - the pill

1959- The internal pacemaker invented by Wilson Greatbatch

1960 19703

1963-Assassination of John F. Kennedy

1969- The artificial heart invented

1969-First ATM is invented and put into use

1970 19803

1972-President Nixon signs into U.S.—Father’s Day will be the 3rd Sunday in June

1973-Roe vs. Wade

1973- Gene splicing invented

1980 19903

1980- The hepatitis-B vaccine invented

1982- Human growth hormone genetically engineered

1983- Soft bifocal contact lens invented

1986-Shuttle Challenger disaster

1990 20003

1990- The World Wide Web and Internet protocol (HTTP) and WWW language (HTML) created by Tim Berners-Lee

1993-The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy is implemented for the U.S military

1999-Columbine High School Massacre

2000 20103

2001-AbioCor artificial heart invented by Abiomed

Vermont becomes the first state in the country to legally recognize civil unions between gay and lesbian couples

Florida ballot controversy over presidency occurs—George W. Bush accepts presidency after this occurance


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1900 19104

1905-The Russian Revolution begins

1907-2ndHaque Peace Conference

1910 19204

1910-NAACP was formed

1911-The most successful American Progressive Party is created, first being named the National Progressive Republican

League, and then, under the leadership of former President Theodore Roosevelt, the Progressive Party, or more popularly, the Bull Moose Party

1919-Great Britain, France, Italy, and Japan, and later Germany and the USSR, form the League of Nations at the Paris Peace Conference. The United States does not ratify the treaty or the covenant of the league

1920 19304

1920-19th Amendment ratified

1920-In response to the Red Scare, in which nearly 10,000

suspected communists were detained by the U.S. government,

the American Union Against Militarism (AUAM) and other progressive groups band together to form the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

1930 19404

1930’s-Great Depression

1933-Upon his inauguration and as a result of the Great Depression, Franklin Roosevelt enacts his New Deal policies,

which become the largest and most liberal restructuring of the U.S. government in history

1940 19504

1942-Declaration of United Nations signed in Washington

1945-The U.S. and Soviet Union emerged as powerful nations

1950 19604

1954- Martin Luther King, Jr. begins his career as the leader of

the civil rights movement and plans the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott

1954- In the aftermath of the Brown vs. Board of Education ruling, which began desegregation in America’s public schools, Robert P. Patterson forms the White Citizen s’ Council, whose purpose is to preserve segregation regardless of the Brown ruling

1960 19704

1961-U.S. breaks diplomatic relations with Cuba

1964- The Civil Rights Act is passed, which guarantees equal

access to commercial establishments, travel facilities,

housing, employment, and all government benefits

without regard to race

1970 19804

1972-President Nixon Watergate Scandal

1973-Roe vs. Wade

1979-Saddam Hussein, who would remain in power for nearly 25 years before an invasion ousted him, becomes the leader of Iraq

1980 19904

1984-Ronald Reagan wins a second term of the U.S. residency over Democratic candidate Walter Mondale with the largest electoral margin in history, signifying the success of rightist politics in America

1980’s-Global warming awareness begins

1990 20004

1990-Operation Desert Storm

1990-1991-Persian Gulf War

1991-The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics is officially

dissolved, having collapsed under the liberal policies of

Mikhail Gorbachev

2000 20104

2001-Terrorist attack in New York

2003Citing a new doctrine of preemptive war, the United States and Great Britain invade Iraq and topple dictator

Saddam Hussein


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