Technology and the Future


World Cultures Government and Economics Technology and the Future
Students begin by thinking about the ways that technology affects their own lives. Then they learn about how technology has improved communication around the world—between individuals, businesses, nations, and cultures. Next, students examine ways that technology has improved the environment. Then they learn about ways that technology has also harmed the environment and they consider ways to decrease the negative impact. Finally, students consider what life will be like in the future based on the advance of technology.

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In this experience, students begin by thinking about the ways that technology affects their own lives. Then they learn about how technology has improved communication around the world—between individuals, businesses, nations, and cultures. Next, students examine ways that technology has improved the environment. Then they learn about ways that technology has also harmed the environment and they consider ways to decrease the negative impact. Finally, students consider what life will be like in the future based on the advance of technology.

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Objectives:

  • Describe the impact of technology on communication.
  • Describe the impact of technology on the environment, both positive and negative.
  • Make predictions about the use of technology in the future.


A hundred years ago, how would you have communicated with your grandmother if she lived in a different state? You probably would not have communicated a lot. When you did, it could have been through face-to-face visits or handwritten letters. Technology has come a long way in the last 100 years. In this experience, you will explore some of those advances and the positive and negative effects.

Objectives:

  • Describe the impact of technology on communication.
  • Describe the impact of technology on the environment, both positive and negative.
  • Make predictions about the use of technology in the future.




As quickly as you can, write down all the ways that technology affects your life.



Discuss student responses. Are there effects that appear in most of the lists? After discussion, do students want to add to their lists?


Now think about someone from another culture who lives far away from you. How do you think technology influences that person every day?

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Ask students to identify ways that people in both cultures might use technology in similar ways. (Students will probably know, for example, that young people all over the world use social media and smart phones. They may assume that people use the Internet to find information, watch music videos, and shop.)  The discussion should help students determine which aspects of technology are most global.


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