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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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3. Where
does it come
from?

Lesson

Where does technology come from?  Sometimes from combining different technologies, materials, and information, as in the case of the electric battery, one of the stories students read. Our book gives other answers: other technology, dense populations, specialization, plan or accident, and protection.

Hook stories

Roman Chariots

Electric Pistols/Perfume Sprays/Cars

Jewelry to Microchips

Activities

Timeline gives each student a slip of paper with an invention and the year it was invented.  Students try to line up in chronological order by discussing inventions, but not dates.  This gets them thinking about what technologies must have preceded others.

 

One Thread In History stories chains together a series of inventions, from the electric battery to the personal computer.  Each story tells of the inventor, the circumstances, the motivation, and how the inventor succeeded.

Content Standards (click for details)

English-Language Arts

Grade 5 Reading 2.3, 2.4

History - Social Science

Grade 6 World History & Geography: Ancient Civilizations 6.2.2

Grade 7 World History & Geography: Medieval & Early Modern Times 7.3.2

Grade 8 US History & Geography: Growth & Conflict 8.12.9

Grade 10 World History, Culture, & Geography: The Modern World 10.3.2, 10.3.5

Grade 11 US History & Geography: Continuity & Change in the 20th Century 11.8.7

Mathematics Grades 8 - 12 Calculus 4.2

Science

Grade 5 Physical Science 1cd

Grade 8 Physical Science 7c

 

 2010 KnowledgeContext

 

Teaching Young People to Think About Technology