Monday, 28 February 2011

ok here is the rough start. there is a few slides here with basic information. it isn't referenced yet but the slides contain the websites of where i got the information. if im on the right tracks i will reference them. hopefully this gives a short insight into the things ive been researching so that we can fill out the presentation. let know what you think and where to go from here. i am not sure if i uploaded this right if the url in the title box is copied and pasted in the search bar it takes you to the presentation is that how it is supposed to work?

alexander graham bell

Thursday, 24 February 2011


here is a couple of useful websites that i have been taking some basic information from. they give some good starting points for the topic of the 'driving force behind the telephone' which i have also put very basically into some slides to get started. i am having trouble sourcing books on the topic does anyone have any suggestions? i hope these links work, still not too sure on blogs yet.

Monday, 21 February 2011

hey guys me n chloe just had a brief meeting and have decided to take a topic each from the list that ollie posted a while ago

I have taken the last one about the future of phones

Chloe has taken the last one about why the phone was invented

if u guys want to chose one of the remaining ones and do a mini presentation on it we have decided to meet again on friday to put together what we have found.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Inventive Events leading up to the invention of the telephone

"In 1830 the great American scientist Professor Joseph Henry transmitted the first practical electrical signal. A short time before Henry had invented the first efficient electromagnet. He also concluded similar thoughts about induction before Faraday but he didn't publish them first. Henry's place in electrical history however, has always been secure, in particular for showing that electromagnetism could do more than create current or pick up heavy weights -- it could communicate.

In a stunning demonstration in his Albany Academy classroom, Henry created the forerunner of the telegraph. In the demonstration, Henry first built an electromagnet by winding an iron bar with several feet of wire. A pivot mounted steel bar sat next to the magnet. A bell, in turn, stood next to the bar. From the electromagnet Henry strung a mile of wire around the inside of the classroom. He completed the circuit by connecting the ends of the wires at a battery. Guess what happened? The steel bar swung toward the magnet, of course, striking the bell at the same time. Breaking the connection released the bar and it was free to strike again. And while Henry did not pursue electrical signaling, he did help someone who did. And that man was Samuel Finley Breese Morse.

In 1837 Samuel Morse invented the first workable telegraph, applied for its patent in 1838, anSamuel Morsed was finally granted it in 1848. Joseph Henry helped Morse build a telegraph relay or repeater that allowed long distance operation. The telegraph later helped unite the country and eventually the world.

In the early 1870s the world still did not have a working telephone. Inventors focused on telegraph improvements since these had a waiting market. A good, patentable idea might make an inventor millions. Developing a telephone, on the other hand, had no immediate market, if one at all. Elisha Gray, Alexander Graham Bell, as well as many others, were instead trying to develop a multiplexing telegraph, a device to send several messages over one wire at once. Such an instrument would greatly increase traffic without the telegraph company having to build more lines."

Farley, Tom. From Tom Farley's Telephone History Series at published 1998-2006 (Accessed 16/02/2011)

The Brief and Action Plan

Okay guys in between meeting up Monday's here's a breakdown of what we info we need to gather in the next couple of weeks:

Why was it invented? what was the driving force behind Bell thinking to invent the telephone?

Information on key people who are related to Graham Bell's telephone,  who gave Bell the idea, who helped him, who did he take inspiration/ideas from?

How did it change society shortly after invention?

What did it lead onto? The effects the telephone has had on contemporary society etc

REMEMBER! We have to reference everything in the Harvard Method, so include it in your posts! If all our information is referenced on here then it makes putting the presentation together much easier because no one has to 're-find' their sources.

Here's the brief uploaded to Scribd so you can quickly refer to it rather than keep logging into MyUCA:
Time Machine 2010-11
hey guys, I was thinking bout the confused meeting time and I think we should arrange a regular weekly meeting where we can discuss everything bout the presentation..I suggest monday lunch?

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

hey guys sorry about missing the meeting I wasn't sure that anything had been arranged for definite. I cant get in tomorrow, but if you want to still meet tomorrow then thats cool and maybe someone could fill me in on thursday?


hey guys sorry didn't get the memo about meeting today. I am free tomorrow so 1.00pm sounds good. I will be getting some things up on the blog soon aswell

Monday, 14 February 2011

Meet TUESDAY 15th @ 1:00pm-ish

Seeing as the meeting today seemingly didn't happen, hows about tommorow? 1:00pm in the Library, hopefully there'll be a table free.

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Hey guys, I think we should arrange a meeting for next week? Even if its just 15 minutes at lunch just to get an idea of where we're going with the presentation. Maybe monday or tuesday lunch?

Wednesday, 9 February 2011


this is a website with some very interesting facts about phones

Thursday, 3 February 2011

So here it is guys:

the 'Early Telephone by Alexander Graham Bell, circa 1870'alexander-graham-bell-1.jpg

Also just some links to sites on phones in general:

Some facts about phones in the past...

Research Topic

The research topic that was picked out for us is:

Early Telephone by Alexander Graham Bell, circa 1870

If we all publish something up here we should be able to make something coherent. You don't have to post whole pages of stuff, little snippets/reminders/memos etc are fine. If this is anything like how blogs on the CGAA course is marked (if it is at all?) then post everything, as long as its relevant and shows the team developing then everything will pan out nicely


Group 10: Group name?

Yeah so the blog is up, we need a group name. Not that it makes a huge deal what we call ourselves but ideas if you got them :)