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The Nature of Technology. Joseph Scarcella , Ph.D. ESTM 535 - INTRODUCTION TO TECHNOLOGY ESTM 644 - INQUIRY TEACHING & LEARNING IN SCIENCE & ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION. Source: Introduction to Technology by Alan J. Pierce and Dennis Karwatka : McGraw Hill/Glencoe, 1999.

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the nature of technology

The Nature of Technology

Joseph Scarcella, Ph.D.

ESTM 535 - INTRODUCTION TO TECHNOLOGY ESTM 644 - INQUIRY TEACHING & LEARNING IN SCIENCE & ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION

Source: Introduction to Technology by Alan J. Pierce and Dennis Karwatka : McGraw Hill/Glencoe, 1999.

why study technology
Why Study Technology?
  • Technology involves all products, inventions, and discoveries made by people.
  • People taking natural materials and turning them into something useful is technology.
    • Rocks with iron ore are turned into metal; sand is changed to glass; trees create paper products.
  • Anything created by nature is not technology.
technology
Technology
  • The practical use of human knowledge to extend human abilities and to satisfy human needs and wants.
  • Technology are things we use in our society.
technology and you
Technology and You!
  • Technology is fun, rewarding and exciting.
  • Technology requires hand work and head work…the use of tools and materials are needed to problem solve.
  • Technology is rewarding as we can see the results of our work.
  • Technology through exploration brings new ideas and challenges.
  • Technology integrates all academic subjects.
being technological literate
Being Technological Literate
  • To be technologically literate, one must have knowledge, capabilities, and understanding (ways of thinking and acting) about technology.
  • Someone who is informed about technology feels comfortable with it.
  • Someone that understands technology has moral and ethical values/principles.
making technology happen
Making Technology Happen
  • Technology involves people.
  • People create technology.
  • People apply technology.
the people behind technology
The People Behind Technology
  • Technology comes from the ancient Greek word techne, which means art.
  • The Greeks viewed the word as much more than art, paintings and sculptures.
  • They believed technology linked nature to the human spirit.
the people continued
The People (continued)
  • Early workers in technology called themselves artisians. Meaning a highly skilled worker.
  • From the Greek’s came the word mechanikos, meaning machine. Those working with machines were called mechanics.
  • The word “Technology” comes from the Greek wordtechnikos which means, artistic, professional.
  • People who work with technology are technicians and technologist.
science engineering and technology
Science, Engineering, and Technology
  • Science – knowledge covering general truths or laws that explain how something happens (Inquiry and Discovery).
  • Engineering and Technology – designing products or structures using materials, processes, and systems (Innovation and Design).
    • Through technology we experiment and learn how things work.

Source: Introduction to Technology by Alan J. Pierce and Dennis Karwatka: McGraw Hill/Glencoe, 1999.