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Why do we use technology?

A 5th grade class draws answers.


From the "seed" of a general reason to use technology, for example Organization, they brainstormed "trees" of ever more specific reasons.  With names removed, their diagrams are linked to the right.  Click on them to see full size views.


We started with 12 root reasons for using technology: Food, Shelter, Communication, Transportation, Commerce, Art, Religion, Health, Entertainment, Organization, Conflict, and Exploration.  In teams of about four students, they came to consensus on which root reason they would expand.  First come, first served with no two teams using the same reason, so they were motivated to achieve consensus quickly.


Entertainment Organization Transportation Health Food Communication Shelter


Why do we use




 2010 KnowledgeContext


Teaching Young People to Think About Technology