Monday, 10 August 2015

What is Technology?

This term we have been pondering on what technology is. We watched a clip that got us thinking...
We discovered that technology is not just computers, smart phones and televisions, but stuff that contributes towards making our lives better. 
We tested this criteria by debating whether a chair or table was technology. 
Some of us thought that no, chairs are not made of rubber or metal, so they can't be technology.
Others decided that a table was most definitely technology because it stopped you from eating on the floor and that makes our lives better.

We were very lucky to have some helpful children bring in their ideas of what technology means to them.
We used this opportunity to pose some thoughtful questions
  • what is it made of?
  • what does it do?
  • can you fix it?
  • how does it make our lives better?

Cole bought in his smart watch and explained what it does, (takes photos, tells the time) and how it helps him, ( portable and easy to use).

Jade got us all wondering what her piece of technology was. We thought it was a kind of baby monitor because you could speak into it. Jade explained that it was a tool that flashed a very bright light which helped her parents know when someone was at the door, if the phone was on... and if a baby was crying. Jade said this was valuable to her parents because they cannot hear the noises that most people can hear. We all decided that this example was a very well considered and cleverly made device. 

Ashleigh and Tayla bought in a Leapfrog device and tablet. Ashleigh said she used this to play games. Tayla demonstrated how to take a photo with her tablet, which had us all laughing!

After some discussion we began to realise that some technologies exist to support and entertain people. I wonder what we will find out next? 

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