Technology Lesson 1 Introduction Thinking about Technology in the Modern World
Technology Lesson 1 Introduction Thinking about Technology in the Modern World

Students examine many of the most influential technologies of the past century.  They explore how scholars examine technology and identify the broader historical causes and effects of technological development.

Relevant Learning Objectives

1. Examine the dynamics behind technological innovation and globalization


Possible Classroom Assignments

  • Technology Lesson 1 Interdisciplinary Discussion (0) Compare and contrast how historians, anthropologists, sociologists, business scholars define technology’s role in society.
  • Technology Lesson 1 Discussion of the Nye reading (0) Discuss potential answers to David Nye’s conundrum: if technologies do not develop “naturally,” seamlessly flowing out of and replacing others, then what gives a particular technology “momentum” and a possibility of wide-scale acceptance?
  • Technology Lesson 1 Cross-Cultural Communications Activity (0) Students research another culture. They interview someone from that culture to learn about how they use information communications technology. Students give a brief presentation in class on what they have learned.
  • Technology Lesson 1 Timeline of the Future (0) The students visit They should choose three projected events and decide whether they agree or disagree with the prognosis and why. What past or recent technological developments contributed to this future event? In groups, develop a prediction. The class should vote on the best prediction and send it to the site.
  • Technology Lesson 1 Social Media Wiki (0) Each student or teams of students are responsible for developing one page in a classroom wiki. Students should write about one emerging social media tool, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, or others. The focus of the article should be how this media is innovative and why.



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