Explain the influences of technology on history.
Explanation should include the forces that shape the selection and use of technology and the changes it has caused in the development of civilization.
- How has the development of inventions and innovations affected history?
- How has technology impacted the labor market?
- How have advances in technology changed the way resources are gathered, processed, and used?
- How has the merging of technology and scientific knowledge affected history?
Related Standards of Learning
History and Social Science
The student will apply social science skills to understand westward expansion and reform in America from 1801 to 1861 by
- describing territorial expansion and how it affected the political map of the United States, with emphasis on the Louisiana Purchase, the Lewis and Clark expedition, and the acquisitions of Florida, Texas, Oregon, and California;
- explaining how geographic and economic factors influenced the westward movement of settlers;
- explaining the impact of westward expansion on American Indians;
- describing the impact of inventions, including the cotton gin, the reaper, the steamboat, and the steam locomotive, on life in America; and
- explaining the main ideas of the abolitionist and women’s suffrage movements.
The student will apply social science skills to understand how life changed after the Civil War by
- examining the reasons for westward expansion, including its impact on American Indians;
- explaining the reasons for the increase in immigration, growth of cities, and challenges arising from this expansion;
- describing racial segregation, the rise of “Jim Crow,” and other constraints faced by African Americans and other groups in the post-Reconstruction South;
- explaining the impact of new inventions, the rise of big business, the growth of industry, and the changes to life on American farms in response to industrialization; and
- evaluating and explaining the impact of the Progressive Movement on child labor, working conditions, the rise of organized labor, women’s suffrage, and the temperance movement.
The student will apply social science skills to understand the economic, social, and political transformation of the United States and the world between the end of World War II and the present by
- describing the rebuilding of Europe and Japan after World War II, the emergence of the United States and the Soviet Union as superpowers, and the establishment of the United Nations;
- describing the conversion from a wartime to a peacetime economy;
- examining the role of the United States in defending freedom during the Cold War, including the wars in Korea and Vietnam, the Cuban missile crisis, the collapse of communism in Europe, and the rise of new challenges;
- describing the changing patterns of society, including expanded educational and economic opportunities for military veterans, women, and minorities; and
- evaluating and explaining the impact of international trade and globalization on American life.
The student will apply social science skills to understand the key domestic and international issues during the second half of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries by
- examining the impact of the Civil Rights Movement, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the changing role of women on all Americans;
- describing the development of new technologies in communication, entertainment, and business and their impact on American life;
- analyzing how representative citizens have influenced America scientifically, culturally, academically, and economically; and
- evaluating and explaining American foreign policy, immigration, the global environment, and other emerging issues.