Webquest Scavenger Hunt

By Genevieve Flynn


  1. The earliest computing device was an abacus. It was invented by Sumer/Babylonians around 2700-2300 B.C. and that was when the Sumerian abacus first appeared. In today's machines it has evolved into calculators.
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3. Texas instruments play a huge role in modern computer technology. They developed

many of the modern calculator, computer software, and other technology. They

invented the first handheld calculator which changed the way that people work with

technology today. Texas Instruments helped spread the use of a calculator for

practical purposes and around the house.

4. On today's date which is February 8 in 2007 Google opens Gmail to everyone which is

a big deal because it revolutionized the mail industry. On my birthday which is March

11 in 2004 there was a British robot that was unveiled to help disabled people.

5. The year the internet was made public was 1991. E-Commerce was

beginning in 1991.

6. The website I chose was Twitter. Twitter was founded by Evan Williams, Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, and Biz Stone. It was created March 21, 2006. Twitter is a website/app that allows people to broadcast daily messages to the world and explore their interests and stay connected. People can "tweet" 140 character messages. The purpose of Twitter is to help stay connected across a global scale which can help businesses or anyone with networking, building traffic/views to certain websites, business promotion through advertisements, and mostly social communication to keep people updated instantaneously. You can access Twitter from the app store or it is also a website and is free to use. It does not have a store but Twitter makes profit from businesses paying for advertisements and data licensing.

7. Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded Microsoft in 1975 and it is now worth $408.98 billion.

8. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded Apple April 1, 1976. They were both college dropouts and wanted to create a user friendly computer. They wanted people to have a small computer they could put in their homes. They had started selling the computers out of their garages. Apple went public in 1980. They introduced the first color graphics. Wozniak left Apple in 1983. Picture below...

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9. Microsoft was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in 1975. They were both friends and went to the same school. Before Microsoft they developed Traf-O-Data. Gates went to Harvard while Allen dropped out of Washington University. Gates left Harvard to work with Allen at MITS and formed Microsoft. Microsoft continued to write software for different companies such as IBM. Picture below...
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10. Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook while studying at Harvard. He was only 23. He had previously developed Coursematch and Facemash. It was first only available to Harvard students and had over 1,000 users in the first 24 hours of use on Febraury 4, 2004. It then spread to all universities, then high schools, and eventually everyone. It mainly makes money off of advertising revenue.
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11. Twitter was founded by Evan Williams, Noah Glass, Jack Dorsey, and Biz Stone. Many of them started at the podcasting company Odeo which quickly went under after iTunes was released. They got the idea from Dorsey who wanted to do something about status. Noah Glass came up with the name Twitter. Febraury 2006 was when they presented the idea to Odeo. Twitter was then released March 26, 2006.
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12. The first computer game was created by Steve Russel who invented Spacewar in 1961. It ran on a Digital PDP-1 mainframe computer. Before him though Willy Higinbothan invented a game in 1950 that was played on an oscilloscope. It was like table-tennis.

13. An example of product placement in a video game is in Uncharted 3 when Subway put in Subway meals and staff uniforms.

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14. The ride at Disney that shows the past, present, and future of technology is the Carousel of Progress.

15. The first computer weighed around 1000kg and used about 1kW.

16. On May 11, 1997, a chess playing computer called Deep Blue defeated Russian chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov.

17. Plankalkul was a plan in 1940 by Kharl Zues to create a programming language for engineering purposes. It was the first high-level programming language to be designed for a computer.

18. About 62% of clothing and accessories are bought online. About 63.5 billion dollars were spent on this category alone last year.

19. Babylonians created the first mathematical bounds under the Hammurabi dynasty.

20. Landuse was discussed in Chapter 10 of "Geography in India".