Lesson Plan : Exploring Technology

Teacher Name:
 Mr. Christopher Gaines
Grade:
 Grade 11-12
Subject:
 Other

Topic:
  Technology Focus
Content:
  Important facts: Technology is a process - the way human beings use their resources to solve problems and meet their needs and wants. Key concepts: Technology is a process. Skills: Problem solving Key vocabulary terms: technology, bio-related technology, communication technology, construction technology, emerging technologies, manufacturing technology, technology assessment, transportation technology
Goals:
 Students should be able to define technology. Students should understand that technology allows them to use their problem solving skills to find solutions to problems.
Objectives:
 - Define technology. - Explain why the pace of technology change has increased. - Define five areas in which technology is used to solve problems. - Describe the relationship between technology and other areas of knowledge.
Materials:
 Instructional/training approach: Powerpoint presentation, lecture Textbook: Technology Today and Tommorrow, Fales, Kuetemeyer, & Brusic Aids: Computer/laptop, projection screen
Introduction:
 Give an example of technology and a problem-solving solution.
Development:
 Direct instruction.
Practice:
 Problem Solving - Lab Activity to solve "thinking" problem. (After having posed a problem, students need to experience open-ended problem-solving. Real scientific problems do not have answers at the back of the book. The scientist entertains multiple competing hypotheses and makes inferences over a long series of experimental observations. Scientists do not arrive at a final answer; research is abandoned for a variety of reasons, including time, resources, and most importantly when the scientific research team is "satisfied", i.e. when the solution is "useful" for some purpose.)
Accommodations:
 Special Needs Students are paired with assigned lab partners.
Checking For Understanding:
 Go over important lesson concepts.
Closure:
 Allow students 5 to 10 minutes to comment on various presentations. Allow students to comment on lesson concepts.
Evaluation:
 Rubric to grade student presentations.

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