Technological Thinking


Technology is growing so fast in today’s world; there isn’t much we do without it. Whether it’s in class taking notes, on the phone with your family, or even making food for yourself, technology is used more than we know. As we have integrated so much of our lives with technology, we must become technologically literate. We can’t have a professor trying to teach the class through power point without knowledge of how to use the computer or a person trying to operate a car without knowing how to use the sophisticated technology that comes along with it. The article defines “technological literacy” as “the ability to use, manage, assess, and understand technology” (Technological Literacy: Shackelford). It also goes to explain the “three interdependent dimensions: knowledge, ways of thinking and acting, and capabilities”. This put a whole new perspective on technology that I had never thought about before. Yes, I have thought about technology but not in those terms. It is different to see them put so formally when we use them so frequently and informally in our everyday lives. Thing that got my attention the most was the requirements for essential technological concepts that must be proficient for children in certain grade levels. As I reflect on my years of primary school, I think about how unaware I was that I was taught these concepts and skills. I didn’t think of it as learning because different forms of technology were the new, cool thing that everybody was learning to use. For example, when I was a kid it was popular to have a Gameboy. It a little bigger than a box of cards and it only had a few buttons on the front. Now a days you see kids playing with these big iPads. These iPads have helped children change they way they think in terms of “creativeness, innovation, and systematic thinking” (Iowa Technology Literacy). As technology affects our present and future lives, it is important that citizens of society “have a basic understanding of how technology affects their world and how they exist both within and around technology” (Technological Literacy: Shackelford). So the real question is: are the children using technology, like the IPad, learning a deep understanding of technology literacy concepts or self-directed learning? I think that using these IPads at such a young age if used at an absolute minimum. A technologically literate person must understand the “planned and unplanned consequences”, be  “familiar with the core concepts and scope of technology”, and understand the reflections of “the values and culture of society” (Technological Literacy: Shackelford). Therefore, children should be taught the proper ways to use technology and the importance behind them.

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