Lesson 1 (from How to Make a Lot of Money)
In this chapter, Tracy Kidder describes the emergence of the computer industry and some of its major players. The industry developed quickly and changed even faster, and Kidder likens it to a type of 'gold rush.'
1 - Class discussion: How would you describe the computer industry? Who are the biggest companies in computers today? How have computers changed since their invention? How have computers changed other industries? What support industries have been created for computers? Are computers a source of opportunity for young workers today?
2 - Brainstorming: As a class, brainstorm a list of components that go into the construction of a computer. Examples include microchips, semiconductors, and so on.
3 - Group work and presentation: Divide the class into groups of 3-4. Each group chooses an aspect of everyday life and presents how computers and Information Technology have revolutionized it in the form of...
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