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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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2. Why do we
use it?

Lesson

Why do we use technology?  For the same reasons we always have.  For food, shelter, communication, transportation, commerce, art, religion, health, entertainment, organization, conflict, exploration, and more.  One way to understand a technology is to figure out why we use it.

Hook stories

The Transformers Are Coming

Going to the Bathroom

Changing the World

The Eyes & Ears of Science

Utility Fog

Activities

Time Traveler invites a guest (or the teacher playing a role) from 200 years ago to ask students for help in understanding modern technology.  Each student group has to explain a different technology, from cell phones to cameras and computer mice (anything newer than 200 years).  Students discover that the easiest way to explain is to tell why we use it.

 

Trees of Why has students diagram ever more specific reasons we use technology.  In the form of a tree, which can be colored or adorned with magazine photos as a collage, students start from a major reason we use technology, such as communication, and branch it into more specific reasons, such as communicating over distance (phone) or time (tape) or broadcasting to many people simultaneously (radio or TV).

Content Standards (click for details)

History - Social Science

Grade 6 World History & Geography: Ancient Civilizations 6.7.8

Grade 12 Principles of American Democracy 12.8.2, Principles of Economics 12.6.3

Mathematics

Grades 8 - 12 Calculus 21.0

Science

Grade 5 Investigation & Experimentation 6f

Grade 6 Earth Science 4.0, Investigation & Experimentation 7b

Grade 7 Investigation & Experimentation 7a

 

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Teaching Young People to Think About Technology