Technology has made the world smaller, 1946

This film explores the beginnings of transportation and communication across the oceans and lands.

It explains some of the key technologies, including steam power, gasoline engines, telephones, and the newest one, television that “brings all parts if the earth as close together as out living room.”

Although it is a bit cheesy, it could generate some great discussion on the experiences students have everyday of faraway places. Brainstorm what products are located in the classroom that are a result of the technologies listed in the film.

As an extension, ask students to add another five minutes to the film in order to include some of the newer technologies that did not exist in the 1940s. Group students and have them write the narrative for the announcer as well as choosing the images and technologies that best depict the global village called earth.

Trade in a Cold War World, 1951

This Cold War era film explains global trade. It breaks down the purposes of foreign trade and the arguments made in favor and against free trade. It also shows why trade is important is for the world.