Students have read about the technological revolution and its global impact.
In this activity they will review a special report about the technology and
telecommunications revolutions and how these developments have changed Americans'
Students will use information from the Time.com: Our Interactive World Web site
to learn about the impact of the technology and telecommunications revolutions.
They will explore several multimedia features, including a photo essay, a video
gallery, and articles about the ways in which technology has changed the world.
Students will then answer four questions and apply this information by discussing
and debating whether technology is enhancing our ability to interact with others,
or inhibiting it.
- Students will analyze how technological innovations have changed American
business, society, and culture.
- Students will be able to use this knowledge to discuss and debate with other
classmates whether technology is enhancing our ability to interact with others,
or inhibiting it.
Student Web Activity Answers
- The author describes some of technology's innovations, but he laments
that people are under pressure to be wired. He points out that technology
has indeed made some things better (instant replays at a live sporting event),
but that technology also has limitations (he missed the live action because
he was preoccupied with the replay).
- The Photo Essay topic in the Web site illustrates several areas in which
technology has improved lives. Virtual hospital visits make it easier to connect
with loved ones who are far away. Robotic surgery has proved valuable in medical
operations. The Internet has opened a world of information to those who have
no access to libraries or universities. Computers can also be useful in helping
those who are physically restricted. Interactive art has become a new form
of expression that has the viewer making choices that determine the outcome.
Students may find other examples of the benefits of technology on the Web
- Filipinos used text messaging to organize during a rebellion. In China,
the Internet challenged government officials' efforts to censor the media.
In Spain, certain political groups used the Internet to organize demonstrations.
Students' response as to how it impacts Americans will vary. They may
suggest that the Internet makes it easier for citizens of some nations to
access uncensored information. Those citizens may find the freedom of the
United States appealing. Students may say that the Internet makes it easier
for protest groups, either in the United States or elsewhere, to organize
and recruit members. They may also respond that the Internet provides them
a tool with which to assess the accuracy of their own news sources.
- An Internet connection in a remote Peruvian village changed villagers'
view of the world and gave the villagers ideas of economic opportunities for
their village. It also expanded parents' ideas about their children's
futures. In a rural area of India, an Internet connection improved communication
between villages and helped farmers set prices.
- Students' contributions to the classroom discussion will
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