Who would ever think that running
shoes would feel the impact of advanced technology. This high-tech shoe
is equipped with computers that record distances, points of impact that
may cause injuries, and the runner's force. Even jogging can't avoid
this technological takeover! But is this revolution in technology really
new, or is it just a popular label to an old idea. Historians have
labeled "technological revolutions" in the past: Stone Age,
Neolithic Age, and the Bronze Ages. In the 1800's it was called the
Industrial Revolution, then in the 1960's, the Space Age, now the
Technological Age. All these labels point to one fundamental concept -
new developments in science, math, and engineering change the way humans
live and think.
It is difficult for students in
America to imagine a life without the conveniences of modern technology.
Many students, unfortunately, take our lifestyle for granted.
- The recommended books get students
into the spirit of thinking about technology. The Eyewitness Books, Flying
Machines and Inventions focus on machines that have been
invented. Use pictures in these books to show students
- Although students use technology
every day, they rarely think about it. In this exercise, students will
think about the technology they use at home and write a sentence about 5
- First, discuss the meaning of
technology. Technology is a method and a means of solving practical
problems by using principles of science. Have students imagine a world
without simple machines, cars, light, washing machines, bubble gum
machines, videos, or movies. What would their world be like?
- Emphasize that it takes a lot of
thought to invent the technology which makes human's work easy. After
you discuss technology, and you are sure that students know what it is,
give them the following assignment.
- "Go home and find 5
technologies that you use every day to make your life easier. You may
include items that your mother or father uses. Write a sentence about
each technology by stating how it makes work easy for you."
Use the following example:
- My dad drives me to school sometimes, or else
I would have to walk. The use of cars in society has changed the
- I get cold milk out of the refrigerator. Without a refrigerator most
food would spoil.
- I use an elevator to get to the 12th floor, otherwise I would have
to use the stairs.