History of computers

The first sections of the iGCSE syllabus are concerned with the hardware and software that most computers are made up from.  In order to fully understand where we are in terms of computing power and complexity it is important to understand where this has all come from.

For this first task, you are expected to create an interactive timeline of the history of computing (using a timeline creator of your choice).  Whilst you are not expected to include the Antikythera Mechanism developed by the ancient Greeks around 2000 years ago, or even to discuss Blaise Pascal’s mechanical calculators from the 17th century, you are expected to start in the 19th Century with Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace.

You are responsible for managing your time and ensuring that you have an adequate number of items on your list; however, to help you, the following should be included as a minimum:

Charles Babbage

IBM 5150

Wii

Ada Lovelace

Commodore 64

Apple I

Floppy Discs

Sinclair ZX80/ ZX81

Pong

CD ROMs

Amstrad PCW

COLOSSUS

Mouse

SNES

ENIAC

DVD

Xbox

UNIVAC

Enigma

Playstation

Tim Berners Lee

Internet

CRT

TFT

Cray 1

1st CGI Film

Microsoft

iPod

iPad

Memory sticks

Windows – all versions

Mac OS – all versions

Browsers

GPS

You are expected to work on your own.  It is important that you add descriptions to your timeline and, where appropriate, links to further reading.  You can also add personal comments about what you have found, especially with regards to equipment that you have experience of using.

Best of luck!