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Invite us to give a teacher workshop
or read our book to understand context


Incorporate technology's
Connections to Content Standards
into your classroom plan


Deliver ICE-9 using the Teacher Guide, which details every lesson with hook stories, activities, and reflection.


Each student gets their own copy of the Student Workbook with handouts and worksheets for every lesson.


Have students research their favorite technology or their most important technology-related issue using ICE-9..







Technological literacy includes the ability to understand & evaluate technology.


Understanding & evaluating technology can be taught with the ICE-9 curriculum.




Click on any of the nine lessons (or Introduction) above to see a summary of that lesson.

For the full, detailed lessons, ready to use in a classroom (without cost), click on Download.


Our curriculum on understanding and evaluating any technology is called "ICE-9" because it is organized around 9 questions on technology's Identity, Change, and Evaluation.  These are shown in the pyramid above, which includes the Introduction lesson (which is number 0 of 9).  To learn more about the benefits of ICE-9, the pedagogy behind it, how ICE-9 connects to content standards, how students have reacted to it, how a parent views it, or how to download the curriculum, please click on the underlined links in this sentence or on the navigation bar at the top of this page.  A good place to start is with the online summary of the Introduction lesson.


Activities in each lesson were developed and tested in grades 5 to 8, but the concepts are appropriate for many ages.  Teachers are free to develop new activities that illustrate the concepts taught in ICE-9.  Teachers are encouraged to draw new hook stories from newspapers and magazines, keeping their lessons current and provocative.  ICE-9 is a flexible framework for critical thinking with complete, but extensible, lesson plans.  Teacher training is offered periodically at Foothill College's Krause Center for Innovation (search course offerings for "Critical Thinking about Technology").


As teachers develop new activities to illustrate the concepts in ICE-9, they are encouraged to share them, through KnowledgeContext's website, with other teachers wishing to address different grades or modes of learning.  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 download area includes an adaptation to college (courtesy of Paul Cotnoir of Becker College) and an adaptation focused on understanding and evaluating nanotechnology for high school students (courtesy of Miguel F. Aznar, our Executive Director, teaching at UC Santa Cruz).

Middle School (grades 5 - 8).  Teacher Guide, Student Workbook, Connections to Content Standards.

College (undergraduate).  Syllabus, handouts, lecture slides.

High School (accelerated summer program focused on nanotechnology).  Calendar, activities, lecture slides, concepts, reading list.


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Teaching Young People to Think About Technology