Evolution of Technology (TEC 154 2014S) : Outlines
Held: Friday, 9 May 2014
We explore the subject matter of this course in prepration for the final.
Tentative (can be changed):
Format * Any class member who desires may read a prepared statement. * Any class member who would like a statement read but is not comfortable reading it themselves may send it to me in advance, and I will read it anonymously. * I will survey the class about what to do next (discuss, go on with class topics, whatever). * I will decide what to do next.
About Statements and Discussion * In spite of the strong feelings many feel about these issues, you will be respectful to the individual members of this class. * We can express strong feelings. + As one of you notes, "Discussions of these topics need to happen and should put people in place that is outside of their comfort zone. I think personal safety can still be maintained as long as ideas are challenged and not individuals."
I think of this course as having three main subject matters * Topical + Details of individual technologies + Lenses through which to consider technology * General skills * And beyond
Individual technologies - To talk about technology, you need to have thought about and understood particular technologies * Stone tools * Language * Music * Bridges and other Structures * Digital Art * Biotechnology * Solar Energy * Computers
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 * The power of collaboration * Whether you like it or not, being able to think on your feet is an important skill * Try learning subjects in different ways (e.g., hands-on activities)
And beyond - Some of what I hope to teach you is not strictly academic * Have fun with what you do * Be responsible for yourself and to those around you + Show up, and if you can't show up, call! * Take risks * Support each other * There are things in life much more important than any academic subject
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