These 6th grade students completed the ICE-9
curriculum and then went on to apply that strategy of understanding and
evaluating technology to researching Legos, baseball technology, soccer technology, and
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What strategies will be useful to you?
"I think all of them are really good, especially costs and
benefits like Devlin said. Because if you just didn’t have this and looked at a
technology, it might be kind of hard. You wouldn’t know what to do. But after
you had ICE-9… first you find out this is how it works and this is what it is
and why would someone want to use it. Would someone want to use it for good
reasons or bad reasons? And you could just totally find out all about how to
evaluate it yourself."
What ICE-9 strategies will you apply in your future?
"Definitely the way of thinking about
its costs and benefits to evaluate is it a good technology? Is it a bad
technology? And whether it's really good that everybody should have to use
it or whether it's so bad it should be banned in all cases."
does understanding how a technology works help us understand its costs &
"Well if you can understand how it
works, you can understand what it does, which can help you understand the costs
and benefits. For example, a bicycle goes forward faster than someone can
walk, which is a benefit. But it can also fall down and hurt someone,
which is a cost."
Does thinking that a technology is good make it a good technology?
"Even if a lot of people thinks it's
good, it might not necessarily be a good thing because they could be
misinformed about it."
How do most people evaluate technology?
"I think probably
based on what they've heard about it from the media or the web or however
they heard about it."
How does ICE-9 help to evaluate technology?
"The evaluate part
of it is good because it helps you look at other people's point of views."
What do you remember the most from the curriculum?
"What I remember
the most is doing the evaluate because I never actually thought that people
would have different opinions on soccer."
How would you have approached technology without ICE-9?
"I would have
definitely just taken a look at what it does, what is it, and its history.
I don't think I would have done much of what are its costs and benefits, why
do we use it, how does it really change, and all the other stuff. And
ICE-9 really helped me look at those things."