Take a Technology Inventory
This activity prepares students to watch the film, "Local Voices, Global Visions," by having them examine the presence of technology in their own lives. Students should be familiar with the use of spreadsheets and have a basic working definition of information and communication technology (ICT), using the Understanding page or from their own initial research on the subject. This activity is part of a series of lessons surrounding the film, "Local Voices, Global Visions."
Time Required: 1 hour
Students will understand different forms of technology and their uses to address human needs. Students will also know concepts of data collection and organization, particularly the use of spreadsheets to organize data.
1. As a group, review definitions of ICTs and any previous research collected on this topic, and introduce students to the idea that different forms of technology are used to solve problems in all aspects of daily life.
2. Have students brainstorm to create a list of the kinds of technologies they use, or see others using, in daily life.
3. In teams and using the list from the brainstorm, students should spend 20-30 minutes to create an inventory of the types of ICTs, number of each type present throughout the school, and noting where each type is located. If taking a school-wide inventory, be sure that students will not be disturbing other classes as they gather data. Depending on the size of the school and number of students, each team could inventory a different area of the school. Remind students to note any additional technologies they observe that are not on the list.
4. Once students have completed their inventory, they should enter their data into a spreadsheet and create a graph or chart to depict the findings. Students should write a short summary to accompany the graph that explains their findings and why they organized the information as they did.
5. Wrap up the activity with each team sharing their findings and a group discussion; some discussion questions might include:
Did anyone find ICTs not on the original list? Which ones?
Where there any items on the list that were not found?
How are ICTs being used in our school? Were there any surprising or unexpected uses of ICTs?
In which areas of the school are ICTs used the most? The least? Any ideas why?
6. As a homework assignment, have students take a technology inventory in their homes, and add the home data to the spreadsheet as a comparison of the ICTs present at home vs. school.
Computers with internet access Microsoft Excel or other graph-creating software
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