A lesson idea for Year 4 student which explores past and present technology can be where students examine several technological innovations that have occurred since the beginning of humanity. The students will then consider how these technologies have helped change the way people live and how society works. Students will then be asked a variety of open-ended questions which can spark their interest such questions as:
- When I say the word technology, what kinds of things do you think of?
- Are any of these items technology? Why or why not? (refer to an arrangement of items)
Students can then research other forms of technology and try to think of what current technologies have had some of the greatest impacts for humanity. This could lead to student discussion on possible positive and negative impacts from technology.
Here is also a link to a YouTube video that I think would make a great additon to this lesson.