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. . . .  Curriculum now available in wiki so anyone can share their own activities . . . . Technology Challenged adopted as textbook at University of Advancing Technology, University of Georgia, and Becker College . . . . Google hosts Tech Talk on "Real Technological Literacy" . . . . Larry Liden of the  University of California at Santa Cruz Extension, joins Advisory Board . . . . Krause Center for Innovation hosts course "Understanding & Evaluating Techology" by Miguel F. Aznar . . . . Executive Director now also serves as Director of Education for Foresight Nanotech Institute . . . Technology Challenged: Understanding Our Creations & Choosing Our Future distributed by Qualtiy Books and available at Amazon and select bookshops . . . Executive Director joins Educational/Consulting Advisory Board of the Acceleration Studies Foundation . . . . . . ICE-9 presented at California League of Middle Schools Technology Conference . . . Karl Pister, Chancellor Emeritus of UC Santa Cruz, joins Advisory Board . . . Executive Director delivers keynote address at University of North Carolina at Wilmington . . . Diane Means, Director of Assessment for Santa Clara Unified School District, joins board of directors . . . ICE-9 approved as technology elective in Santa Cruz . . . . Patrick Williams of Google joins Governing Board . . . . Mark Cathcart, Dell Distinguished Engineer, joins Advisory Board . .  . .

 

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 A 7th grader presents his evaluation of missiles

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 Our Executive Director presents The Real Technological Literacy

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Critical thinking about technology

More than ever, children will grow up in a world where technology is tied to every political, social, and economic decision they make.  Yet they are not being prepared for it.  Schools today teach children how to operate technology, but they donít teach what all technology has in common, how technology changes, or how to evaluate it.

 

KnowledgeContext's technological literacy curriculum places technology in the context of history, science, math, and language arts.  It instills in children the critical thinking skills necessary to understand past, present, and future technology, and to influence how that technology will affect their world.  Schools in Santa Cruz, Berkeley, Sacramento, and San Jose have used our classroom curriculum, which can be downloaded from this site.  The Krause Center for Innovation has hosted our technological literacy workshop for teachers.

 

Our curriculum is now in a wiki, so our community can share new activities, hook stories, reflection questions, or even concepts.  Visit the KnowledgeContext wiki at PBWiki and ask us to be authorized to modify it.  Share your ideas so everyone can benefit.

 

Our college-adopted book, Technology Challenged, mirrors our curriculum, conveying the same approach and concepts to adults.  Contributors to KnowledgeContext may receive a signed copy of this entertaining trek from Hawaiian bobtail squid to Australian aborigines and nanotechnology.  Read observations of our Executive Director on our technological literacy blog or watch video of him addressing educators or speaking at Google.

 

As a 501(c)(3) educational not-for-profit corporation, we receive funding from grants, foundations, and individual donors, as well as prominent technology corporations.  See the many ways you can help.

 

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Teaching Young People to Think About Technology