Group Project 1 TIMELINE

Group Project 1 Building a Timeline

Over the course of the next few weeks, your group will be building a historical timeline. Our timeline will demonstrate the evolving and innovative use of technologies for mass communication. At this early stage in the semester your timeline should begin no later than the mid-15th century to the early 19th century (to the invention of photography).


Your group will continue building this timeline throughout the semester.

Use any digital software tools to make your timeline, but the timeline must be web-based, posted to your WP site, and presented in class.


  • Step One

Integrate the vocabulary terms and study questions as entries to your timeline. Use your required text to identify other possible entries to your timeline—specific dates or general eras are both useful. For example, when were the Renaissance, Protestant Reformation, and Enlightenment? How does the history of science relate to your history of communication in one timeline? Who were William Blake, W.A. Mozart, Benjamin Franklin and Leonardo Da Vinci and what do they have to do with multimedia? Each entry in the timeline should identify what, who, when and where about the factual topic/date.


Your initial goal for this group project will be for to include at least 25-30 entries during the 15th-to 19th centuries, in chronological order. Each entry should pertain to the history of technologies for mass communication.


  • Step Two

Identify at least 3 technological innovations from your timeline for deeper study and more complex presentation on your timeline (links, graphics, more). Produce a powerpoint presentation about each technology and its role in social change.


  • Step Three

Present your Powerpoint to class.