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295157 Technology Session 1 2015
Transcript of 295157 Technology Session 1 2015
295157 TECHNOLOGY CURRICULUM
Defining technology, technology education, and technological literacy
A group activity ...
The study guide: course overview + expectations
1. A survey
2. A diary entry
3. Reading: Jones, A. (2003) the development of a national curriculum
Zhao, L., & Zhang, S. (2013). Development of visual philosophy under impact of philosophy of technology. Journal of Educational Technology Development and Exchange, 6(2), 29-38.
1. Have you seen technology taught during one of your pracs? If so, what did you observe?
2. Write down your understanding of the term:
- technology education
- technology literacy
A personal response?
Over the next week complete the first reflection for assignment two:
Reflect on your developing philosophy of technology:
Reflect on your technological: Confidence and Competence
Consider the difference between being confident and competent at developing a knowledge, understanding and undertaking technological practice and being confident and competent at teaching technology (what is the difference, should there be a difference?
Read: Jones, A. (2003) the development of a national curriculum, include in your reflections, your response to the ideas offered.
First Diary Entry
Find somewhere on campus that needs a bridge and design it ...
Why a bridge - its purpose?
How will the bridge affect lives?
What is the bridge made of?
Be prepared to share your findings on how people think about technology.
Survey as many people as you want (1 to ∞).
Consider how you might get different views based on age, gender, role in society, culture, spiritual beliefs…
Consider what technology or technologies you can use to gather the survey data
Be an ethical researcher (don’t pester strangers, don’t harm anyone in the process of asking them questions)
before the next session
So what's technology and technology education all about?
What are you expecting from this paper?
Monsma (1994): 3 approaches to defining technology
1. anthropological approach:
technology, a making activity intrinsically related to the nature of
2. epistmological approach
: technology consists of certain procedures and
of the making process
3. sociological approach
: technology, and its pervasive effects are the defining mark of thought and action in modern
society (or societies)
Work in groups:
* refer to the sheet of definitions
* seek the common elements in order to come up with a simple definition:
Technology is .....
Technology is the application of scientific and other knowledge to practical tasks by organisations that involve people and machines.
(Naughton, 1994, p. 12)
Designing/making the Auckland Harbour Bridge
Technology in the New Zealand Curriculum (1995)
Technology is a creative, purposeful activity aimed at meeting needs and opportunities through the development of products, systems or environments.
Knowledge, skills and resoures are combined to help solve practical problems.
Technological practice takes places within, and is influenced by, social contexts. (MoE, 1993)
The New Zealand Curriculum (2007)
Technology is intervention by design: the use of practical and intellectual resources to develop products and systems that expand human possibilities by addressing needs and realizing opportunities.
Adaptation and innovation are at the heart of technological practice ... technology is never static. It is influenced by, and in turn impacts on the cultural, ethical, environmental, political and economic conditions of the day.
What is technology education?
How would you define 'literacy'?
what are the main knowledge and skill attributes of being literate in:
Is is possible to have different levels of literacy at the same time?
Impact of technology
Demise of technology, over time
Technological products are "hardened history, frozen fragments of human and social endeavour"
Sociological factors & Technology
quality of life
values of society
ethics (global ethics?)
'risk society' (future generations?)
Defining technology ...
Technology is about the made world; it is about making things and thereby changing the world
Burns, 1997, p. 16
Survey questions? Could include e.g. ....
1. What do you think technology is?
2. What did you do at school for technology?
3. How much did you like doing technology at school?
4. Its purpose, in your life?
Team Task: Use the
to guide you through this activity.
What might each key competency look like in the primary technology classroom?
- managing self
- relating to others
- participating and contributing
- using language, symbols and text
In your group, record each person's contribution they think they can make to today's team challenge in the areas of the key competencies
Homework - preparation for next week ...
Glimmers of technology in Cambodia?
Visual Narrative: Glimmers my technology in Cambodia?
Is a bird making a nest, technology?
Is a bee making a honeycomb, technology?
a posthuman world?
A provocation from Steven (Arnold) ...