Welcome and Why
Technology changes everything. That’s what it does.
Please consider TNT (trinitrotoluene) for a few moments. Created by Joseph (or Julius, depending on who you ask) Wilbrand as a yellow dye in 1863, TNT had a simple job, to change the color of things. Things changed significantly, however, in the 1890s when TNT began to gain use as an explosive, eventually moving on from dyeing items to causing humans to die as a military explosive. A substance that began its existence as a way to change the color of something became a substance that very quickly changed the shape of things, including the history of the world.
So, technology changes everything. That’s what it does, and if knowledge is power, technology is dominion.
Broadly defined, technology is “the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes,” and that is the meaning of technology which will hold precedence on this site. In common conversation, the term technology is often used and understood as a synonym for gadgets, “small mechanical or electronic devices or tools, especially ingenious or novel ones.”
Regardless of how much we enjoy the novelty of our gadgets, technology plays a much broader role in our society than merely entertaining us with innovation. Throughout history, humans have developed and shared their knowledge toward the end of creating a more perfect world. We have worked tirelessly to use our knowledge to understand and control a natural environment that offers many dangers.
Some, like Ralph Waldo Emerson in Self-Reliance, may argue that “Society never advances. It recedes as fast on one side as it gains on the other…” and for the most part, I would agree with them. Nevertheless, it is hard to argue that carving messages into stone or wood, traveling overland and oversea for days or months, and being bled are preferable to writing on paper, flying, and taking antibiotics.
Still, despite our best intentions, as we have applied our knowledge to solve problems throughout the years, we have often created new ones. Plastics are amazing materials that make almost anything, including the device that you are reading this on, possible while simultaneously “polluting our oceans, killing wildlife, and damaging our health.”
So, given that technology has the ability to both affect positive change and create terrible consequences, this site exists to help you maximize the former and avoid the later while using technology for teaching and learning.
While I cannot promise that everything you encounter on this site will be good, I am willing to say that it will be presented to you with my best intentions and that the materials that you find here are unlikely to make anyone dye or die.
Happy reading, happy technology use and happy teacher and learning.
Technology Integration Coach
Westbrook Public Schools
Connect With Me @
Please click here to see a reference page for this post.
Reference page created using NoodleTools.