How Does That Work? Morse Code
Grades: 3 - 8

Video Description: Learn how telegraphy was created and how Morse Code was developed and used to send messages through the technology.

Type of Video: Topical*
Unique Video ID: HDTW-17**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Use the video as part of your study of the American frontier and have students discuss how they think such an invention would have helped the burgeoning westward movement.
  • Provide the Morse Code symbols for the alphabet and have students create telegrams to send each other that their classmates translate and respond to.


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**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.