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To make the seemingly magical and exponential growth of computer power over the past 60 years, we are organizing important events in this process on a timeline on the scale of an entire wall. The following four sub-sections each describe a type of "marker" or, as its called below, component, that can be placed along the timeline.
Choose one of your own anchor computer models to feature on the timeline using these steps:
We can attach actual hardware components to the timeline at their release years. By including specifications for each, timeline viewers can touch and see examples of computer technology growth through time. Follow these steps to create an excellent timeline component:
Not just computers matter! Choose a human-related event, such as the release of a music album that's important to you, the birth or death of somebody important to you, or a major societal event.
Create a colorful, interesting feature page or pages about this human event with the year in big, bold font. Print it out and hang it on the timeline in the appropriate location.
We want to be able to visualize the change in computing power over time with some interesting visualizations. For this component, create a way to compare TWO points along the timeline related to some type of computer component that has changed dramatically over teh past several decades, such as storage per dollar or processor cycles per second.
Engineer/ design a way to compare these values at two points along the timeline. For example, perhaps you can show how much more data you can store on a $200 hard drive that one could buy in 1995 versus 2015. You could represent the amount of storage at each point on the time line by calculating how many of your favorite songs you can store on that drive. Copy and paste that numbver of band icons or something onto paper the appropriate number of times and print those copies out and prepare them for hanging on the timeline.
27-JAN-19: Creation of Version 0.9 of the print-friendly module page for rollout with classes in the Spring of 2019!!