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?
its costs &
What are technology's costs & benefits? They can be measured
in time, health, jobs, fairness, sustainability, environment, advances
in knowledge, culture, and more. Our book illustrates cost/benefit
tradeoffs enabler vs.
complexity vs. predictability,
chronic, control vs.
progress vs. obsolescence.
Horses, steam cars, and
When police have bad
Air traffic control
relies on computers
DDT and Cars
lets students brainstorm about all the costs (not just monetary)
associated with cars. PMI Chart structures what students
think are plusses, minuses, and interesting about a technology they
choose. Differentiated instruction includes writing a poem based on the PMI Chart and thinking about costs & benefits in terms of direct vs.
indirect and anticipated vs. unanticipated.
Standards (click for details)
History - Social Science
Grade 8 US History & Geography: Growth & Conflict 8.12.9
Grade 10 World History, Culture, &
Geography: The Modern World 10.11
Grade 12 Principles of Economics 12.1.2,
Grades 8 - 12 Probability &
Statistics 1.0, 3.0
9 - 12 Investigation &