What is Technology?

wooden wagon wheel
By: Andrew Rollinger

What is technology? I have grappled with this question before. The grade three B. C. Social Studies curriculum (2006) asks students to show how technology affects individuals and communities past and present. Initially, I thought the technology referred to a device that used electricity. Later, I came to see that this should be expanded to any tool created by man. Since beginning this course, 540, I am learning that technology can be more abstract as in anything created by man. For example, the word technology can be used to refer to text, language and the application of knowledge in any given field. (Oxford English Online Dictionary, 2011).

I chose a picture of a wheel to complement this post because it considered one of man’s greatest creations (Wikipedia, 2011).

B.C. Ministry of Education, 2006). Social Studies Grade 3 Curriculum. Retrieved from: http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/irp/pdfs/social_studies/f_2006ssk7_3.pdf

Oxford English Online Dictionay (2011) Technology. Retrieved from: http://www.oed.com.ezproxy.library.ubc.ca/

Wikipedia (2011). History of Technology. Retrieved from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_technology

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1 Response to What is Technology?

  1. Juliana says:

    Hi Andrew,

    I don’t think you are alone in what initially pops into your mind when you think about technology. I have found that when I popped that word into clipart searches, it does bring up a lot of devices using electricity.


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