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The Role of Technology




Technology has changed the world faster than many of us could imagine and continues to change the world at a daunting pace. Technological advances have had a tremendous impact on goods, services, jobs, and markets over the last 50 years. The Internet and electronic communication have changed the way we do business. While people still use stores for many goods and services, people are able to place orders for rare or unusual goods that can be filled quickly, from the comfort of their home. Children born in the last decade often do not have an understanding of how things have changed. This lesson focuses on those changes and will introduce the students to some of those changes. Because of scarcity, we are not always able to satisfy our wants. We have to choose some things and give up others. Anytime we make a choice, there is something that is not chosen. The value of the next best alternative is called the opportunity cost. Every decision has an opportunity cost.

Students will examine and analyze photographs that show life in the past, list the objects and people in the photos, compare life and technology today to the past, and identify ways technology has changed or lives. Students will interview an adult to gain information about how goods, services, and technology have changed over time. 


    Identify ways in which computing devices have impacted people’s lives.

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    • devices
    • tasks


    Students know:
    • ways in which computing devices have made many tasks easier.


    Students are able to:
    • discuss ways in which computing devices have made many tasks easier.


    Students understand that:
    • Computing devices have made many tasks easier.


    List positive and negative impacts of digital communication.

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    • identity
    • positive
    • negative
    • artifact


    Students know:
    • everything they put in a digital environment may always accessible, even if they delete it.
    • behavior and artifacts created in a digital environment can reflect positively or negatively on the student.
    • digital communication helps you communicate and collaborate with people furthur away, faster, and easier.


    Students are able to:
    • list positive impacts of digital communication.
    • list negative impacts of digital communication.


    Students understand that:
    • all things that I do in a digital environment, whether positive and/or negative, can be recorded, reproduced, and may become part of my digital identity forever.


    Compare ways individuals and groups in the local community and state lived in the past to how they live today. (Alabama)

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    • compare
    • identify
    • analyze
    • past
    • present
    • communication
    • apparel
    • technology
    • recreation
    • primary sources


    Students know:
    • Changes occur from past to present and can compare these changes.
    • Communication, apparel, technology, recreation, and primary sources show forms of change over time.
    • Individuals and groups in the local community and throughout Alabama provide information about changes in everyday life.
    • Vocabulary: past, present, communication, apparel, technology, recreation


    Students are able to:
    • Compare past and present forms of communication, apparel, technology, and recreation using primary sources in the local community and throughout Alabama.
    • Analyze pictures from the past to the present.
    • Write and speak about individuals and groups that lived in the past compared to those of the present.


    Students understand that:
    • People in Alabama and the local community lived differently from past to present in areas such as communication, apparel, technology, recreation, and primary sources.
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