History KS1/KS2 - The digital revolution

This short film gives pupils an understanding of the digital revolution and how it has impacted on everybody's life over the past 50 years.

It considers why and how the digital revolution happened, what life was like before the digital revolution, and wonders what life will be like in another 50 years.

The film also considers the impact the digital revolution has had on young lives in terms of threats like online bullying.

Teacher Notes

This short film is an ideal tool to help pupils understand the digital revolution and draw parallels with the industrial revolution.

It will encourage pupils to think about how their lives would be different without the technology that we now take for granted.

It also provides an opportunity to think about some of the negative impacts of the digital revolution, for example the risk of online bullying on social media.

Points for discussion

  • What is the digital revolution?
  • How has the digital revolution changed lives?
  • What is the industrial revolution? Are there any parallels with the digital revolution?
  • How would life be different without the digital revolution?

Suggested activities

After watching the film, pupils could conduct case studies around inventions and discoveries, both digital and physical. They could explore how their lives would be different if these inventions and discoveries had not been made.

They can also think about how the digital revolution impacted on life when computers began to emerge in the mid-20th century.

Pupils could sequence the discoveries and developments of the digital revolution to find out which came first and determine if there was a pattern to these developments.

They could also then consider whether or not the digital revolution has had a positive or negative impact for all areas of society.

Could pupils talk about what developments they think will come next, and why?

Curriculum Notes

This short film is relevant for teaching history at KS1 and KS2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 1st and 2nd Level in Scotland.

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