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McREL Standards Activity


The Future is Now


Purpose:As a result of this activity, students will be able to apply their knowledge of advanced and emerging technologies and the understanding of the role of technology to a variety of careers.
Related Standard & Benchmarks:
Technology
 Standard 3.Understands the relationships among science, technology, society, and the individual
   Level IV [Grade 9-12]
   Benchmark 5. Knows examples of advanced and emerging technologies (e.g., virtual environment, personal digital assistants, voice recognition software) and how they could impact society
Technology
 Standard 3.Understands the relationships among science, technology, society, and the individual
   Level IV [Grade 9-12]
   Benchmark 10. Knows the role of technology in a variety of careers
Student Product:Speech
Material & Resources:No special resources for this activity.
Teacher's Note:Career(s) currently being covered in the classroom can be substituted for the career identified in the activities (e.g., substitute medicine or education for farming).
Activity
Activity 1:  Your grandfather and uncle, who run a crop farm in North Dakota, are continually arguing about whether or not to incorporate various technologies into their work.  Your grandfather generally believes that technology is destroying the farming industry, while your uncle thinks that embracing technology is the only way that their farm will survive and prosper.  They want you to give an impartial view of the positive and negative impacts of various technologies (e.g., using global positioning and geographic information systems, biotechnologies) so that they can make informed decisions.

Activity 2:  In your recent travels you ran across a remote farming community that has been cut off from the rest of the world for generations.  You are a farmer from Iowa who has been incorporating various advanced and emerging technologies into your work.  Based on your understanding of the positive and negative impacts of these technologies, what types of technology would you choose to introduce to this remote community?  On what did you base your decision?