Technology has progressed by leaps and bounds in the last few decades, and the benefits of technology are there for all to see. Whereas my efforts were primarily focused on the after school and summer school programs, this year so far has brought summer camps, a new competitive robotics team, new equipment to serve more students, and the beginning of classroom projects bringing robotics to all students in a classroom.
Explain that they will now have 7 minutes to find anything they think is technology in the classroom and stick their post it note to it. It’s likely all students will stick their post it note to something obvious like the computer so let them know they have to try and stick their post it note to an item that doesn’t have many others but obviously more than one post it may end up on an item.
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Having the students stick an image of technology to their back and have their friends look at it and give them clues as to what it is until they guess it will not only be a fun way for students to get up and move around the classroom but will continue helping them learn to identify technology.
The notion of appropriate technology was developed in the 20th century by thinkers such as E. F. Schumacher and Jacques Ellul to describe situations where it was not desirable to use very new technologies or those that required access to some centralized infrastructure or parts or skills imported from elsewhere.