Year Group/s: Year 5 – 6

Duration: 45 – 60 minutes

Digital Systems: Lesson 1


Created By: Kim Maslin, Digital Technologies Educator

Date Published: 1 March 2018

Lesson Overview

This is the first lesson in the unit “Digital Systems” based on the Year 5/6 Digital Technologies curriculum (WA). This lesson gives students a big overview of the evolution of technology – what sorts of technology changes has the world experienced? Just how recent are new technologies like smart phones! Students will be so surprised by the dates of key inventions like the telephone, radio and computer. There is also a Powerpoint prompt to get students comparing old and new technologies.

Lesson Overview:

  • Introduce & discuss key events in the evolution of technology throughout history (video & timeline activity)
  • Compare old and new technologies (Powerpoint slides)

Included in Download:

  • Detailed lesson plan
  • “Sound Like an Expert” fun fact
  • “Reflection Notes” on the lesson (from when I taught it!)
  • Timeline Cards
  • Evolution of Technology Powerpoint

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About Kim Maslin

Kim is a passionate educator empowering others to feel confident using technology. She has spent the last 10 years teaching students aged 5 to 85! Kim is the author of The Tweeting Galah cybersafety series.