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0. Introduction 1. What is it? 2. Why do we use it? 3. Where does it come from? 4. How does it work? 5. How does it change? 6. How does it change us? 7. How do we change it? 8. What are its costs & benefits? 9. How do we evaluate it?

 

0. Introduction
1. What is it?
2. Why do we use it?
3. Where does it come from?
4. How does it work?
5. How does it change?
6. How does it change us?
7. How do we change it?
8. What are its costs & benefits?
9. How do we evaluate it?

 

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0. Introduction

Pre-test

Read essay on nanotechnology and write "speech" on whether that technology is good or bad.  This assesses how students understand and evaluate technology through a persuasive composition.  The organizational pattern will be compared to a similar composition written at the conclusion of the curriculum.

Lesson

Technology has changed our world dramatically over thousands of years: food, shelter, medicine, work, entertainment, etc.  It may transform our future just as dramatically.  To understand and evaluate technology today and in the future, we introduce the ICE-9 questions.  Our book's Introduction and Overview give more context.

Hook stories

Surviving a Millennial Leap

Bringing Ford, Bell, and Edison Back from the Dead

Cows’ Understanding of Botany

Activity

Reaching Consensus groups students to choose a group name acceptable to everyone in the group.

Content Standards (click for details)

English-Language Arts

Grade 5 Reading 2.3, 2.4, Writing 2.4

Grade 6 Reading 2.3, Writing 2.5

Grade 7 Reading 2.0, Writing 2.4

Grade 8 Reading 2.0, Writing 2.4

History - Social Science

Grade 10 World History, Culture, & Geography: The Modern World 10.3.2

Grade 12 Principles of Economics 12.4.2

Mathematics

Grades 8-12 Geometry 22.0

 

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Teaching Young People to Think About Technology