Evolution of Technology (TEC 154 2014S) : Outlines
Held: Monday, 5 May 2014
Back to Outline 39 - Social Media (Discussion).
On to Outline 41 - Student Presentations (1).
We explore the subject matter of this course in preparation for the
- About the Final.
- The Subject Matter of This Course.
- End-of-course Evaluation.
- No note takers today (other than Sam)
- Distributed: Sample final examination.
- I haven't seen any followup to my comments on your papers or edits.
- In many cases, you are expected to do another edit and to make
sure to Cc me on that edit.
- I will accept late questions on readings until Friday of finals week.
- The schedule has been rearranged slightly. It looks like we'll have
two presentations on Friday. So, we're doing the wrapup class today.
- A few groups have asked to have until next Monday for their papers. I
don't like having an exam and a paper due the same week, but I've said
yes. The option is also available to other groups.
Plans for Wednesday and Friday
- Airport security
- In-car tech
- Digital photography
- Voting machines
- A bit of final review
The Format of the Final
- 20 short-answer questions. similar to the questions on the first part
of the mid-semester examination.
- Four categories: Student projects, Post-break technologies,
A new reading, and "Miscellaneous".
- You may bring one double-sided hand-written sheet to the examination.
- If you want to type your answers on a computer, you may do so. I will
provide an electornic version of the exam on a memory stick.
What We've Done Since Break
- Biotechnology (Robertson)
- Patents, IP, and Innovation (Graham)
- Bioprospecting and Biopiracy (Roper)
- Futuring, Revisited and Hypertext (Rebelsky)
- Paper (Trimmer and Running)
- Theatre (Thomas)
- Social Media (Yoose)
- Student-presented Technologies
- A host of technology-specific readings (I'll generally look for
big themes, rather than precise details)
- Launching the Innovation Renaissance
- "As We May Think"
- Developed a few new perspectives
The Subject Matter of the Course
I think of this course as having three main subject matters
- Particular technologies and how they have evolved
- Lenses through which to consider technology
- General skills
Individual technologies - To talk about technology, you need to have thought about and understood particular technologies
Lenses - We need to know more than how a technology works, we need to
consider its effect and milieu
- Too many to list
- I hope that after you leave this course, whenever you encounter a new technology, you ask yourself some of the questions these lenses reveal.
General - I expect that every Grinnell course should help to enhance your learning and thinking skills
- Identifying key points in readings
- Synthesis - Applying an idea from one context to another
- The power of collaboration
- Whether you like it or not, being able to think on your feet is an
End of Course Evaluation
- Fill it out.
- A volunteer will turn it in to the Science Division Office.