Changes in Recording History

Contributor: Hallah Elbeleidy. Lesson ID: 10461

Ever hear the term "information overload"? Do you wonder what future historians might say about you? Use videos, articles, and your own artifacts to learn how history, including your own, is recorded!


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Middle School (6-8)
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You have most likely heard of earlier civilizations having an oral tradition or documenting their belief systems through pictograms. These are, arguably, the very first methods of recorded history.

Visit and interact with | Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics Alphabet to experience how the ancients communicated without modern technology.

Today, we use standardized methods for writing and have access to visual and audio recording devices. Recording history is much easier and more efficient.

  • What would the photos and videos of your life say about you?

History is recorded in three ways:

  1. Through the written word, e.g., books and manuscripts
  2. Through the spoken word. This is known as oral history, when something is committed to memory by experience of an event and passed on
  3. Through direct documentation, e.g., video and audio recordings

Changes in how history is recorded over the course of humanity have affected not only what is recorded, but how much is recorded. New technologies like the Internet and the smartphone have made it possible for everyone who has access to these devices to record history. Obviously, the drastic changes in how history is recorded happened over a long period of time.

Complete the exercises below to get an idea of where we were and where we’re going:



  • Let’s make history . . . by recording it (TED Ed):


  • Documenting an Ancient Kingdom in Sudan (American Museum of Natural History):

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