The World Goes Online

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Today’s ninth graders were born in 2005. The first iPhone was released in 2007. It’s hard to overstate the impact of 21st-century technologies, but most of our students have never lived in a world without them.

As we look ahead to the theme for National History Day 2021: Communication in History, we should remember not to overlook the communication revolution of the present moment. From online shopping to social media, the digital world has transformed virtually every aspect of daily life, including:

  • Networking and information
  • Jobs and finance
  • Education
  • Commerce and travel

To help your students contextualize these dramatic changes to our world, brush up on your recent history with this overview of digital technologies in the late 20th and 21st centuries!

This article is part of ABC-CLIO’s Daily Life through History database, an exploration of the daily lives of ordinary people through time and across the globe, examining aspects of family life, work, food, clothing, sports, language, literature, education, gender roles, and more! Click here to activate your free preview of this database and gain access to thousands of primary and secondary sources, student activities designed to build inquiry skills, and topic centers spanning world history from ancient Egypt to modern China!