This project was designed for an Introduction to Business and Marketing course, but could work well in any number of courses. In this project students conduct research on the technological innovations that helped business evolve. Students work in groups of 3 or 4 to complete the project and then present to the class to share their findings.
This file includes an instruction sheet, time periods to assign students, and rubric for grading the project.
I also recommend having the students read the article:
"Eight Ways Technology is Changing Business"when completing this project.
The standard that this project covers is:
Draw on a range of print and digital sources, such as articles, videos, and textbooks, to create a timeline or similar narrative detailing the evolution of business in the U.S. Annotate the timeline to explain the impact that various technological innovations (e.g., the steam engine, sewing machine, assembly line, telephone, automobile, computer, internet) have had on consumer buying behavior over time. For example, the invention of the sewing machine created mass production and surplus of goods requiring advertising. Formulate a written argument concerning how emerging technologies continue to transform business and present new challenges and opportunities to business owners. (TN Reading 1, 2, 7; TN Writing 1; TN Economics 5)
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