Last week, CBS 2 Chicago aired a story about Chicago Lighthouse patient and avid Chicago Cubs fan Andy Fabino. They can use their worksheets for the focus of their reports, but encourage each group to be creative with visual displays or other fun props to communicate their findings. It may be helpful to still work in five groups, though, so that each group can invent a machine for a corresponding farm from the site. It cannot do – and does not do – anything that it’s not made to. Technology is harmless as it is completely controlled by humans. Our brains are under the influence of an ever- expanding world of new technology: multichannel television, video games, MP3 players, the internet, wireless networks, Bluetooth links – the list goes on and on. However, what needs to be understood is that no matter how advanced or developed it is technology is still lifeless. Most of the cost occurred when implementing a new technology is spent on maintenance of the system, approximately 70% of total cost.
First reason is the gross lack of understanding of the scientific and technical aspects of our day-to-day technology. These fascinations have been greatly furthered by the inputs of modern technology in the manufacturing of flying toys. You will need to create a safe environment for students who may not have a positive view of technology that requires less people power on a farm. Important modern equipment that has made the job of close personal protection much easier is the two-way radio. Although it may seem that modern technology is slowing stealing our jobs and affecting our livelihoods, it is still people who control the modern technology. According to Mays Business School at Texas A&M University, MIS is the study of people, technology, organizations and the relationships among them.
Unless we wake up to the damage that the gadget-filled, pharmaceutically-enhanced 21st century is doing to our brains, we could be sleepwalking towards a future in which neuro-chip technology blurs the line between living and non-living machines, and between our bodies and the outside world.
But our modern brains are also having to adapt to other 21st century intrusions, some of which, such as prescribed drugs like Ritalin and Prozac, are supposed to be of benefit, and some of which, such as widelyavailable illegal drugs like cannabis and heroin, are not.
As Benchmarks states, Most of the complexities of the social consequences of the use of technology can wait, but students should begin to consider alternative ways of doing something and compare the advantages and disadvantages.” (Benchmarks for Science Literacy, p.45) Through working on this lesson, students will gain experience with the idea that there are positive and negative consequences of technology and will be challenged to think through these consequences in relationship to farming.