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Pirates of Silicon Valley Worksheets

Chernak, Clark
Issue Date: 
Friday, September 24, 2010
"Pirates of Silicon Valley (DVD and VHS) is the dramatization of the events that lead to the creation and explosive growth of the personal computer. We follow Steve Jobs (Apple) and Bill Gates (Microsoft) as their paths crisscross in Silicon Valley. We watch as the rivalry between these two giants unfolds. I like to use this video to introduce PC hardware and software evolution. This TNT production was nominated for an Emmy award and has some great visuals and music. It will hold your students' attention for the entire film. I have included some questions for the students. Email me if you would like the answers. I would recommend breaking the film viewing into 2 sessions. The meeting between Microsoft and IBM is a great place to stop. Enjoy! (movie not included - must be rented or purchased)" Worksheet author's email is not available, but he seems to appear on both school site and Facebook
movie, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Hardware evolution, Pirates of Silicon Valley, Personal computer, DVD, VHS, history of Apple and Microsoft
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Middle School
High School
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Understand the pervasiveness of computers and computing in daily life (e.g., voice mail, downloading videos and audio files, microwave ovens, thermostats, wireless Internet, mobile computing devices, GPS systems).


Identify a wide range of jobs that require knowledge or use of computing.


Identify interdisciplinary careers that are enhanced by computer science.


Describe ethical issues that relate to computers and networks (e.g., security, privacy, ownership, and information sharing).


Describe different ways in which software is created and shared and their benefits and drawbacks (commercial software, public domain software, open source development).


Describe security and privacy issues that relate to computer networks.


Explore a variety of careers to which computing is central.


Describe how different kinds of software licenses can be used to share and protect intellectual property.


Discuss the impact of computing technology on business and commerce (e.g., automated tracking of goods, automated financial transactions, e-commerce, cloud computing).


Anticipate future careers and the technologies that will exist.


Analyze the beneficial and harmful effects of computing innovations.

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