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Topic: Uses of technology 

Technology

 Standard 3.  Understands the relationships among science, technology, society, and the individual
  Level Pre-K (Grade Pre-K)
   Benchmark 1.Uses tools (e.g., hammer, email, telephone) that help humans do work and solve problems
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Uses tools that help humans do work
     2.Uses tools that help humans solve problems
     3.Knows that a hammer is a tool
     4.Knows that a fax machine is a tool
     5.Knows that email is a tool
     6.Knows that a telephone is a tool
  Level II (Grade 3-5)
   Benchmark 2.Knows areas in which technology has improved human lives (e.g., transportation, communication, nutrition, sanitation, health care, entertainment)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that transportation is an area in which technology has improved human lives
     2.Knows that communication is an area in which technology has improved human lives
     3.Knows that nutrition is an area in which technology has improved human lives
     4.Knows that sanitation is an area in which technology has improved human lives
     5.Knows that health care is an area in which technology has improved human lives
     6.Knows that entertainment is an area in which technology has improved human lives
     7.Knows the impact that technology has on people’s lives
  Level III (Grade 6-8)
   Benchmark 6.Knows ways technology is used to protect the environment and prevent damage caused by nature (e.g., new building technologies protect cities from earthquakes, bacteria are used in cleaning water)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows ways technology is used to protect the environment
     2.Knows ways technology is used to prevent damage caused by nature
     3.Knows that new building technologies protect cities from earthquakes
     4.Knows that new technologies allow bacteria to be used in cleaning water
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 1.Knows that science and technology are pursued for different purposes (e.g., scientific inquiry is driven by the desire to understand the natural world and seeks to answer questions that may or may not directly influence humans; technology is driven by the need to meet human needs and solve human problems)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows the purpose for pursuing science
     2.Knows the purpose for pursuing technology
     3.Knows that scientific inquiry is driven by the desire to understand the natural world
     4.Knows that scientific inquiry seeks to answer questions that may or may not directly influence humans
     5.Knows that technology is driven by the need to meet human needs
     6.Knows that technology is driven by the need to solve human problems
 Standard 4.  Understands the nature of technological design
  Level I (Grade K-2)
   Benchmark 1.Knows that both objects and systems occur in nature (e.g., stars and the solar system), but people can also design and make objects and systems (e.g., telephones and communication systems) to solve a problem and to improve the quality of life
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that both objects and systems occur in nature
     2.Knows that stars and the solar system are examples of objects and systems in nature
     3.Knows that people can design and make objects and systems to solve a problem and to improve the quality of life
     4.Knows that telephones and communication systems are examples of designed objects and systems
   Benchmark 2.Knows that tools have specific functions, such as to observe, measure, make things, and do things better or more easily; selecting the right tool makes the task easier
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that tools have specific functions
     2.Knows that the specific function of some tools is to observe
     3.Knows that the specific function of some tools is to make things
     4.Knows that the specific function of some tools is to make things better
     5.Knows that the specific function of some tools is to measure
     6.Understands that selecting the right tool makes the task easier
  Level II (Grade 3-5)
   Benchmark 4.Identifies a simple problem that can be solved using technology
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that some problems can be solved with technology
   Benchmark 8.Knows that people have invented and used tools throughout history to solve problems and improve ways of doing things
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that throughout history, people have invented and used tools to solve problems
     3.Knows that throughout history, people have invented and used tools to improve ways of doing things
   Benchmark 9.Knows that different technologies can often be combined (e.g., an escalator uses both pulleys and an electric motor)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows examples of combined technologies
     2.Understands that an escalator combines two different technologies, pulleys and an electric motor
  Level III (Grade 6-8)
   Benchmark 3.Identifies appropriate problems which can be solved using technological design (e.g., identifies a specific need, considers its various aspects, considers criteria for a suitable product)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Identifies appropriate problems which can be solved using technological design by identifying a specific need
     2.Identifies appropriate problems which can be solved using technological design by considering its various aspects
     3.Identifies appropriate problems which can be solved using technological design by considering criteria for a suitable product