During my last trip in October, we talked a lot about technology being part of a life long passion for learning. Technology will always be changing, and if you aren’t prepared to always be learning, you’re going to run into problems in the workplace.
Today I focused more on accessibility, mostly because the quality of consumer technology has impressed me lately. I break the students up into groups and tell them to brainstorm technology used in fields like medicine, law enforcement and education. Their first answers normally include the high-end, specialized equipment.
But, it’s surprising how much of my job, and many others are impacted or even improved by things we can buy at a large super center or basic electronics store.
Instead of using a live truck that takes lots of training and costs hundreds of thousands of dollars, I can live stream from my cell phone in a matter of seconds. Is the quality the same? No. But, it could be in the near future.
I think looking at existing technology and finding applications in our own field is just as important and inventing new, specialized technology.
Thank you 7th graders for your thoughtful answers and insight during our brainstorming today. Hopefully you learned as much from me as I did from you!
This post was written by jjarvis on February 26, 2010