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Communication and Transportation

Learn how changes in communication and transportation impact people’s lives. These sites link to various communication methods such as the printing press, telegraph, telephone, and more. Included is information about different types of transportation such as private, public, water, and army transportation. There are links to eThemes Resources on communication in history as well as eThemes Resources on transportation including automobiles, the transcontinental railroad, steamboats, mass transit, and trains.


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Learn about various communication tools through the ages and into the next century. Links to information about the printing press, telegraph, telephone, radio, television, and computer are included. Many graphics are displayed.
Learn the history and future of three popular types of communication (Email, instant message, and cell phone) and how they impact people's lives.
Learn how developments in paper and printing, postal services, electric and electronic transmissions have affected people's lives.
Watch a technology movie about how a cell phone works. Learn the basics of digital phones, and see an explaination about how to change sounds into a stream of bits and bytes. NOTE: Subscription is required to view this movie.
This site includes an introduction to the various types of Cyber Communication on the Internet. Worksheets, puzzles, and an internet quiz are included in this site.
This site provides information about different types of transportaion including private, public, army, and water. Animations are included.
Learn how transportation changes people's lives, landscapes, culture, and communities. Games are included on this site.
This site includes timelines of land, water, and air transportation. NOTE: This site includes pop-up and banner ads.
A mini-movie explains how the airplane works. Students can learn how jumbo planes fly in air. NOTE: Subscription is required to view this movie.
Learn the history and standard design of the U.S. highway system. Information about how they name the interstates is introduced. NOTE: This site includes pop-up and banner ads.
These sites focus on automobile transportation. Read about the development of the first automoblies as well as the electric cars of today. Contains photographs of old and new cars. Also includes information about the parts of cars and their functions.
Learn about the history, construction, and impact of the first transcontinental railroad in the United States. Includes historic photographs, maps, and suggested classroom activities. There is a link to an eThemes resource on trains.
Learn about steamboats and their impact on American history. See drawings and photographs and read first-hand accounts. Includes audio files of steamboat whistles and videos of the boats. Also read about the inventors and builders. Includes eThemes Resources on the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. Watch ...
These sites feature information on various forms of mass transportation. Includes images of the different forms of public transit that are used all over the world.
Read all about railroads and trains. View historical photographs of trains or tune in to live shots from Webcams. There are also audio and video files about this mode of transportation. Includes a link to an eThemes Resource on the transcontinental railroad.
Learn about three forms of communication: telegraphs, telephones, and satellites, plus their inventors. Includes an eThemes Resource on the Pony Express.

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