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Technology Critical You Are Not a Gadget



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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2011-07-06.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 2

Reviewer Comments:

This collection contains a variety of resources to introduce, discuss and extend the ideas in Kevin Kelly’s 2010 book, "What Technology Wants,” focusing specifically on Kelly’s main concept of the Technium. Kelly created this term to describe “anything useful that a mind makes.” The collection includes two videos - one is simple audio with titles and the other is a TEDxSF talk – that specifically use the author’s own words. Two other resources, “Did You Know 4.0?” and an excellent New York Times interactive timeline of the “Evolution of Classroom Technology,” challenge students to look at how technology is changing the way we use information and communicate. And finally, there are two Prezi presentations that could be used in a classroom discussion. A very basic lesson plan and rationale is included for each resource. Overall, the material is very engaging for middle school and high school students, although the younger students may have some difficulty with the nuances of the information. This collection is varied and thought provoking, but it will take some work on the part of the educator to organize the materials in order to use them effectively in the classroom.
Stephanie Slota
June 2, 2011

The “Did you now 4.0” video was perfect for this week’s topic. It demonstrated in an effective manner the adverse way that technology impacts our lives. The video was created in 2009, so a more updated version would probably be even more shocking to students, and I think that students would be better acquainted with some of the events mentioned in the video (I believe that the video mentioned swine flu, which is so 2009). Great resource, nonetheless.

The author’s commentary video was another great resource for this week’s read where Kelly summed up some of his most important points. There’s just something neat that people can connect to when they hear the person’s voice after spending so many hours with that person’s words while reading their book, but if there was a video with a visual of the author, that would be ideal.

Finally, the evolution of classroom technology interactive website was a great way to demonstrate (or disprove) many of the topics discussed in the book. I could see having students explore this with a few teacher-provided critical thinking questions and it being a success.

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