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Session 4: Nature of Technology

Instructor: Brian Newberry
Email: newberry@csusb.edu
Phone (909) 537-7630

Goal: To explore the nature of technology as it relates to STEM and STEM education.

 

 

Procedure

Of all the disciplines represented in the STEM acronym (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), technology is the easiest and the most difficult to come to grips with. On the one hand, we are all intimately familiar with various technologies and we hear about technology all the time in the popular media. On the other hand, we are often unaware of the many types of technologies that are outside of our experience. Additionally, largely because of the way technology is portrayed in the popular press, too often our image of technology is restricted to computers or communications technology. Asked to identify technology, most people will refer first to to a computer.

But if you think of technology more broadly, there is a lot more too technology than the computer and cell phones! As I suggested in the first session of this class one way to think about technology is in their ability to enhance or extend human capabilities. In this activity you are going to explore technology from this perspective. Along the way you will get a chance to learn more about concept maps and use a software tool that facilitates the creation of concept maps.

 

Interaction

Student-Content: Various Web Sources
Student-Instructor: Email
Student-Student:
Email

Media and Links

Example Concept Map (Webpage)

Concept Map Theory and Practice (Wepage)

Cmap Tools - free to use concept map tool (Website)

Inspiration - 30 day trial concept map tool (Website)

Process

1. Review the example concept map.

2. Read the Concept Map Theory and Practice Paper.

3. Create several concept maps related to human senses (vision, hearing, touch, taste, smell). Be sure to research the concept using web searches, conversations etc..

4. Create several concept maps related to human capabilities beyond the senses (travel, communication, lifting, remembering, etc.). Be sure to research the concept using web searches, conversations etc.

5. Upload at least one human sense concept map and one human capabilities concept map to your eFolio.

6. Write a reaction to the Talkshoe session.

7. Send your URL to Dr. Newberry

 

Requirements

You must produce at least two concept maps and one short reaction paper based on the Talkshoe conversation. Your concept maps must explore technologies that are related to expansion, augmentation, enhancement of human senses and human capabilities. You must upload two concept maps, one related to human senses and one related to human capabilities. Each concept map must show relationships between the concepts.

Evaluation

Your submission is worth up to 10 points based on the following:

10 points - Multiple concept maps are created that show relationships between technologies and human senses and capabilities. Concept maps are of very high quality with multiple relationships shown. The short paper is very well written and shows a great deal of evidence of investigation beyond what was known by the student at the start of the task..

9 points - Multiple concept maps are created that show relationships between technologies and human senses and capabilities. Concept maps are of good quality with some relationships shown. The short paper is well written and shows evidence of investigation beyond what was known by the student at the start of the task.

8 points - At least two concept maps are created that show relationships between technologies and human senses and capabilities. Concept maps are of adequate quality with some relationships shown. The short paper is adequately written.