On May 24, 1844, Samuel Morse sent the first telegraphic message from Washington DC to Baltimore. It said, "What hath God wrought?" This marked the beginning of electronic communication. Nowadays, it's hard to imagine a time before digital communications. Most of us communicate through some sort of device, whether it's a computer, tablet or phone.
Read about the development of the telegraph and how it led to modern electronic communication. Then, complete this hands-on activity to learn about different modern communications technologies that help people around the world stay connected and exchange information. Expand on this with a look at different communications used around the world. Do some research, then create a bulletin board to present this information in a visual manner. Finally, Complete the research task below to understand how people communicated in the past.
The history of communication technology is a vast one. Its evolution is a fascinating topic to explore. This mini color poster outlines some of the key breakthroughs in communications technology. Follow this timeline to see the growth of communication, and perhaps predict where we're headed next.
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