Valuable Communication Tools

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In one of the previous Quests you looked at some problems and potential dangers with email. Review it periodically and add or delete things to keep it current and meaningful. Now let's look at the benefits of email. A quick look at some history, a short survey, and then make a case for the benefits of Email.


 1. What was life like before email existed? Historical accounts indicate that it was invented in 1971 by Ray Tomlinson. The first email was sent between two computers sitting next to each other in the same room. Ray said he invented it, "Mostly because it seemed like a neat idea."

The first "home/personal computer" that could be used by anybody was launched in 1977 by Apple Computers. Were your parents/guardians/relatives  alive before home computers? Ask an older relative or adult (older than 50) the following 5 questions and then return here and click on this survey and enter the information.

Question 1: How old were you when you used your first home computer?

Question 2:  How old were you when you started using email?

Question 3: How many emails do you think you send in a week?

Question 4:  What is the best thing about email for you?

2. How important is email? Is it more important than a phone?

During the 2005 huricane season businesses discovered it was critical. A research firm, Gartner group, surveyed business people and asked if they considered their phone or email more important to conducting business.

What did their survey show and why?

Choices: email, text messaging, phone (voice) calls, Twitter or some other

3. Create a chart, table or spreadsheet with the following headings (whole class together):

email, text messaging (SMS), phone (voice) calls, Twitter or additional alternatives your class adds.

Below each heading, list at least 5 positives or benefits of each type of communication.

4. Create a position statement backed by examples. This might look like,
"Five of us feel text messaging is the most important type of communication tool for the following reasons... It is better than the other choices because..."

Add this to your 21t4s Roadmap as a bonus

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ISTE and Common Core Standards

ISTE Standards•S

3. Knowledge Constructor
a. Plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits
c. Curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions

4. Innovative Designer
b. Select and use digital tools to plan and manage a design process that considers design constraints and calculated risks

Common Core Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.7  Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.