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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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6. How does
it change us?

Lesson

How does technology change us?  It changes how we live, how we learn, how we work, what we expect, and what we believe.  24-hour news on TV changes how we view our world...as the printing press changed what a "known fact" is by letting a wide audience share information.  Electricity and natural gas connected to our homes put door-to-door coal vendors out of business.  Glasses and contact lenses allowed myopic people to escape lions and tigers to contribute to our gene pool.  Ships and trains allowed intermixing of genes by people from distant villages.  Our book expands on these answers while this lesson focuses on how we depend on electricity.

Hook stories

Seeing the Moons of Jupiter and Future Revolutions of Science

People Make Tools Make Social Systems

Technology Revolutions: Agriculture, Cities, and the Global Community

The Gods Must Be Crazy

Technology is Our Environment

Activities

A Day In the Life Story invites students to write an autobiographical narrative about “a day in the life of me without electricity” to appreciate how much some technology affects how we live.

Content Standards (click for details)

English-Language Arts

Grade 5 Writing 2.1

Grade 6 Writing 2.1

Grade 7 Writing 2.1

Grade 8 Writing 2.1

History - Social Science

Grade 7 World History & Geography: Medieval & Early Modern Times 7.3.5

Grade 7 World History & Geography: Medieval & Early Modern Times 7.10.2

Grade 8 US History & Geography: Growth & Conflict 8.6.1

Grade 10 World History, Culture, & Geography: The Modern World 10.11

Grade 12 Principles of American Democracy 12.6.4

 

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Teaching Young People to Think About Technology