Social Studies - 2017-18

USII.9b - New Technologies

The student will demonstrate knowledge of the key domestic and international issues during the second half of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries by

b)  describing the development of new technologies in communication, entertainment, and business and their impact on American life.

Blooms Level: Remember

Adopted: 2008


Big Themes/Concepts: Technology, Communication, 

New technologies have benefited Americans in communication, entertainment, and travel. 

New technologies affect our daily lives. 


After the war, Americans turned their energies to the development of peacetime technologies.

New technologies in communication, entertainment, and business have dramatically affected American life.

Which industries benefited the most from the new technologies?

What impact did new technologies have on American life?

How have new technologies in communication, entertainment, and business affected American life?


Industries benefiting from new technologies

·  Airline industry (jet engine)

·  Automobile industry and interstate highway system

·  Entertainment and news media industries

·  Exploration of space

·  Computer industry

·  Satellite systems, telecommunications (pagers, cell phones, television)

·  Internet

Impact of new technologies on American life

·  Increased domestic and international travel for business and pleasure

·  Greater access to news and other information

·  Cheaper and more convenient means of communication

·  Greater access to heating and air-conditioning improved the quality of life and encouraged population growth in certain areas of the country.

·  Decreased regional variation resulting from nationwide access to the same entertainment and information provided by national television and radio programming, Internet services, and computer games

Make connections between the past and the present. (USII.1b)

Sequence events in United States history. (USII.1c)

Identify the costs and benefits of specific choices made, including the consequences, both intended and unintended, of the decisions and how people and nations responded to positive and negative incentives. (USII.1i)


interstate highway system, satellite systems, telecommunications, regional variation

Updated: Aug 17, 2017