Technology-The Tools of Civilization

What exactly is technology?  Is the term equivalent to computers and gadgets?  Does it mean using devices or methods that are unproven or experimental?  Does it mean leaving behind the tried and proven ways of doing something and taking risks on the outcome?

I looked up the word “technology” and here is a summary of what I found:

Miriam-Webster writes that technology is the practical application of knowledge; and Dictionary.com says that technologies are the tools and processes of a group or civilization.

In other words, technology is simply the tools and materials that we use to accomplish tasks and practically work out knowledge gained.

Paper and pencils; maps and chalkboards were all technological advances at various points in history.  Just as fiber optics and nano chips and 4G networks are the technological processes and devices that have been introduced in our lifetimes.

New does not equal “bad” and today’s technology is not scary, evil or brain-sucking.  Rather, it is just the means by which we communicate our knowledge with each other and make the processes of life easier.

As I researched and studied the content for the new Wonders of Old Ancient Timeline App, I realized how amazing the advances in technology have been all throughout history.  We 21st century citizens of the planet have not achieved anything more or less remarkable than other civilizations have done in the past.

Consider the invention of the wheel, or paper… Consider the processes and knowledge involved in conquering the whole known world… Consider the building of the first ships, the construction of the massive pyramids, the ziggurats and temples built to study the stars…

Human beings have been developing and working with technology since humankind has existed.  It’s part of life and learning.  We have no reason to fear new and better ways to teach our children how to learn and understand more about themselves and the world in which they live.

Some words to ponder…

Do not confine your children to your own learning for they were born in another time.  Hebrew Proverb

In times of change, it is the learners that will inherit the earth while the learned will find themselves beautifully equipped for a world that no longer exists.   Eric Hoffer

EDUCATION is equipping our children to walk through doors of opportunity.  L. B. Johnson

If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.  John Dewey

More to come next week…

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