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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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9. How do we
evaluate it?

Lesson

How do we evaluate technology?  The same way we evaluate anything…by applying our values. When we look at the costs and benefits of a technology, our values tell us whether that technology is good or bad. By learning about other people’s values, we reflect on our own so that we can understand how we evaluate technology.  Our book illustrates some ways we evaluate: survival, ritual, power, authority, economic, and ecologic.

Hook stories

Fulcrum of Our Technology

Maslow’s Hierarchy

Spiral Dynamics

Activities

Discover Values puts students in someone else's shoes to explain, using a PMI Chart, how they would evaluate a technology.  Differentiated instruction has them write an essay based on the PMI Chart.

Content Standards (click for details)

English-Language Arts

Grade 5 Reading 2.3, 2.4, Writing 1.2, 2.3, 2.4

Grade 6 Reading 2.3, Writing 1.2, 2.5

Grade 7 Reading 2.0, Writing 2.4

Grade 8 Reading 2.0, Writing 2.4

History - Social Science

Grade 11 US History & Geography: Continuity & Change in the 20th Century 11.5.6, 11.7.7

Science

Grade 6 Earth Science 6a

Grades 9 - 12 Investigation & Experimentation 1m

 

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Teaching Young People to Think About Technology