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THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

About the project

The project commenced with a study of the Industrial Revolution, how it started, where it began and the technological innovation it enabled. Its impact, historically and in modern times on individual lives, society, politics and the global economy were examined. The far-reaching consequences of the Industrial Revolution on how we use and relate to technology in contemporary times was touched upon.

We brainstormed together on ways to make this topic interesting. To understand it better, we decided to create a chronological timeline and learn how to present this complex topic in PowerPoint. For the project culmination, we decided to write a video script and create a video documentary.

Driving Question

Decide collaboratively as a class on how to research, understand, write on and communicate a historically significant process, how it changed the world and its continuing impact on our lives today.

Process

Activities
The class started by trying to imagine life without machines in our lives and our dependence on them. How earlier generations lived without machines was visualised.

Breaking into groups, students researched different aspect of the Industrial Revolution. This resulted in an annotated and illustrated timeline showing the beginning, spread, and economic effects of the Industrial Revolution. The changes and growth in the textile industry and the use of coal and steam for transportation were looked at in depth

The class wrote a letter to the editor (which editor and about what?) creating journal entries from the perspective of a child working in a factory during the Industrial Revolution. The journal detailed the living and working conditions children faced as factory workers.

To understand how technological changes hastened the Industrial Revolution and to contemplate the acceleration of such rapid change in their own lives, students had a session on Artificial Intelligence.

The learnings from these different activities were then synthesized into writing a draft and the final od a documentary script, followed by the putting together of a video documentary.

Project Culmination

The video was shared with the school and parents

Teacher Reflection

At the start of the project my students and I decided that rather than travel the familiar route of researching the topic and doing a report, we would create a visual timeline and make a video documentary.

During the initial research phase, my role was prominent but as the project progressed my students took over the entire process. They did everything, from planning and designing, right down to the final execution.

Students contributed individually as well in teams. They looked at the topic from different perspectives to understand that it was not just a change in technology but the way it impacted every aspect of human life across the globe.

This entire journey has been an enriching experience both for me and for my students. It was heartening to see how they decided to extend themselves and push their boundaries to explore new avenues. I am patiently waiting to share documentary with everyone as the first NiBS original production which is now in its final stage.

RESOURCES AND HAND OUTS

  1. The Industrial Revolution
  2. 1760 to 1830 : The Industrial Revolution
  3. https://webs.bcp.org/sites/vclea
    ry/ModernWorldHistoryTextbook
    IndustrialRevolution/Introduction
    .html
  4. The Industrial Revolution | BBC Documentary
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