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Free educational resources designed for teachers and parents to explore history with children and young people aged 7-16 years in ways that are interactive, informative and fun. 

History of the Internet is specifically produced for secondary teachers to support teaching of History at Key Stage 3. Unit 1- Introductory Unit "What's it all about".

Alongside this sits History at Key Stage 2 supporting the teaching of Unit 13 of the History curriculum for year 5/6.

You will also find other general resources for primary and secondary ages to either discover online or use during a visit to Connected Earth museums.

   

Make a museum

Connected Earth's cross curricular Make a Museum is created especially for Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 students, particularly those studying English, history, ICT and drama. With the help of Curator Dave select, interpret and present your own gallery from any of eight themes using documents, photographs, films, advertising, objects and Heritage Voices that bring the history of communications to life.

Make your museum

Curator Dave helps you to make your very own museum - what theme will you choose today?

Lesson support material
All you need to get the most from Make a Museum including curriculum links, artefacts and transcripts of our Heritage Voices.

History of the Internet

QCA scheme of work History at Key Stage 3, Unit 1. Introductory unit "what’s it all about?" - History of the Internet. The feature-packed Podcast is intended to stimulate interest into further research and discussion on the history of the Internet and its development. The Timeline will help students to improve their understanding of chronology and the way one event can pave the way for another. A range of suggested activities, designed to compliment the learning, offer students a fun and interactive way of engaging in this fascinating topic. One particular activity invites students to create their communications vision of the future.

Podcast themes
This Podcast is intended to be an interesting starting point, to stimulate students into further research and discussion on the theme of the history of the Internet and its development....
Telecommunications services for the 1990s (1969)
Made in 1969 at the Post Office Research Station, Dollis Hill, this eight minute film attempts to predict what the future of communications may be like....
Predict the future
Draw and/or write about your prediction for the future of communications so we can feature them....
View predictions of the future
See what other's think the future of communications will look like from the best uploaded YouTube videos and drawings and stories that have been submitted to us. You can even comment on them!
Timeline
This chronology details the history of the Internet from 1940 to 2007 and will help students improve their understanding of chronology and the way one event can pave the way for another.
Lesson support material
Facts and resources to help plan lessons and designed to meet the syllabus requirements for History at Key Stage 3 Unit 1 – Introductory unit 'What’s it all about?' ....

How has life in Britain changed since 1948?

QCA scheme of work History at Key Stage 2 - Unit 13. This material has been produced to support the teaching of Unit 13 of the History curriculum for year 5/6. Children are able to learn about the reasons for and results of the changes in British life since 1948. There are five main areas that children can investigate changes in British life: working life, home life, popular culture, population, and technology.

Send a telegram as SMS
Experiment with writing a telegram using as few words as possible, then have it sent as a text message for free and without any charge to the recipient.
Voices from history
Two children have recorded phone calls 'from history' giving first-hand accounts of life in Britain in days gone by....
Web quest - turn time detective!
A lot has happened since 1948, especially in the worlds of news, entertainment and sport. How good will you be at tracking down the clues about these ten popular events?....
Lesson support material
Facts and resources to help plan lessons and designed to meet the syllabus requirements for Key Stage 2 History QCA module 13 - How has life in Britain changed since 1948?

How it works

Learn more about how this stuff actually works by exploring a range of interactive activities designed to be fun and informative.

Telegraph
Telegraph was the first device of the telecommunications age. It may seem primitive compared to today's technology....
Telephone
The telephone came about as scientists tried to squeeze more out of the telegraph; understanding how to influence sound and send it over greater distances to more and more people....
Wireless
Wireless was the next major step in telecommunication after the telephone....
Personal computer
Strictly speaking, the computer wasn't designed as a telecommunications device, but it has revolutionised communications to the point where it has become a personal communications centre.

Communications & museum projects - primary

Welcome to Connected Earth's primary Communications and Museum projects for 7-11 year olds. The two communications projects encourage pupils to explore communications inventions and discover the principle of communicating with numbers. The museum project is specifically designed to complement and support a visit to the Connected Earth gallery at Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre, Sussex, England.

How communications have changed our lives
Communications: Explore the history of various communications inventions and consider their development and effects on society.
Communicating with numbers
Communications: Using the principle of codes, particularly Morse code and the story of changing telephone numbers, this project illustrates many numerical principles.
Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre

Museum: Activities relating to the story of communications and the displays at Amberley that can be used before, during and after a visit to the Museum.

Communications & museum projects - secondary

Welcome to Connected Earth's secondary Communications and Museum projects for 11-16 year olds. The communications project explores industrialisation and communication via a concise history of the key events in telecommunications developments over the years. The museum project is specifically designed to complement and support a visit to the Connected Earth gallery at Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre, Sussex, England.

Industrialisation and communication
Communications: For 11-14 year olds. A concise history of the key events in telecommunication developments over the years. Exercises encourage thought about the way things used to be, and how technology has changed.
Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre
Museum: For 11-16 year olds. Activities relating to the story of communications and the displays at Amberley. They can be used before, during and after a visit to the Museum, supporting and reinforcing learning in the context of a visit. Or they can be used without visiting at all.

Fun and games

Can you beat our games or will they get the better of you? Explode equipment to see what's inside, hear the changing sounds of telecommunications, see how telecommunications designs have changed over time or send an e-postacard.

Designs
See how telecommunication designs have changed over the years.
Gadgets
Explode the equipment and see what's inside.
Games
Can you beat our games or will they get the better of you?
Send a postcard
Send an e-postcard from our selection of 12 images illustrating how the information age has changed the way we live and work.
Sounds
Listen to the changing sounds of telecommunications
fun and games

Can you beat our games? Explode equipment to see what's inside, hear the changing sounds of telecommunications, see how telecommunications designs have changed over time or send an e-postacard.

what's on

"A treasure trove of UK history", a new BT Archives feature launched on bt.com. Find out more...

BT Archives goes social media with twitter and facebook.

audio history

Take a trip down memory lane with extracts of the interviews which have been recorded as part of the Connected Earth oral history programme.

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