Educator Resources for Computer History

How did we get from punchcards to PDAs? Find out in this BrainPOP movie, as Tim and Moby guide you through the history of computers. See examples of early counting devices and discover what the earliest programmable machines did. Find out how punch cards became the earliest form of programming, and how this technology was used during the United States’ 1890 census. Learn about three of the very earliest computers, and watch as developing technology shrank the computer down from 10,000 pounds to the size of your fingernail. Finally, discover two inventions that made computers practical and accessible, and learn about the technology that’s just around the corner!