Information for Teachers
This investigation is linked to the following Grade 4 Next Generation Science Standards.
PS4.C: Information Technologies and Instrumentation
Digitized information can be transmitted over long distances without significant degradation. High-tech devices, such as computers or cell phones, can receive and decode information—convert it from digitized form to voice—and vice versa. (4-PS4-3)
How to search the internet
1 Keep your request short
Fewer words will give a more accurate search.
2 Choose exactly what you want
For example: Arctic Circle Climate
3 Use quotes
Double quotes around a set of words tell the search engine to consider those exact words in that exact order without any change. For example: “Arctic Circle Climate”
4 Use the plus sign (+)
If you add a plus sign (+) between words, the internet will search for all the words. For example: migrate+birds+whales+mammal
5 Use the minus sign (–) to say what you don’t want
Use a minus sign (–) to show words you do not want to appear in your results. For example: if you search for burrowing animals and do not want mammals in your search, –mammals will exclude mammals. Note that you need to put a space before the minus sign for the word to be excluded.
6 Be very clear about what you don’t want
Ask questions and define problems
After reading From Me to You, you may have many questions about how people communicate with others.
List your questions
- Compare your list with questions that others have.
- Choose a question you would like to investigate.
- You can work alone, with a partner, or in a small group.
You may want to choose one or more of these questions to investigate
Q1. How has technology influenced the ways people personally communicate with others?
Q2. What forms of personal communication have remained the same over time?
Q3. How have people’s needs and wants influenced the ways personal communication technologies have developed?Go to Part 2 Investigate →
You may want to use websites to help your investigations.
You can look for definitions of personal communication technologies and what skills are involved.
When making searches on the internet, you should use the words:
Interpersonal+communicationGo to Part 3 Record data →
Find a way of recording your information that will allow you to see any patterns in the data.
Data Chart for From Me to You
(Download and change to suit your information)Download Chart
Go to Part 4 Organize, analyze, and interpret data →
Organize, analyze, and interpret data
1. Look over the information you have gathered and the patterns you have found.
How has technology influenced the way people talk or communicate with others?
2. Search for other patterns.
How have people’s needs and wants influenced the development of personal communication technologies?
What forms of personal communication have remained the same over time?
3. Makes notes about what you find.Go to Part 5 Present and share →