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A New Definition of Technology

Technology Redefined, or Maybe Simply Clarified.

A position statement, by Lisa Murphy

 

According to a wikipedia post, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/technology in 1937, the American sociologist Read Bain wrote that “technology includes all tools, machines, utensils, weapons, instruments, housing, clothing, communicating and transporting devices and the skills by which we produce and use them.” Additionally, “Technology can be most broadly defined as the entities, both material and immaterial, created by the application of mental and physical effort in order to achieve some value.”

 

For the sake of future writings, articles, web discussion and workshop presentations, Ooey Gooey, Inc. has adopted a similar, broader definition of “technology” which includes examples that stretch beyond those specifically related to consumer electronics, such as televisions, computers, radios, etc.  By intentionally stretching the boundary of definition, we no longer feel bogged down by semantics which often hinder healthy discussion.

 

Additionally, we maintain our platform of making sure that all involved in a discussion are clear on the various definitions the players at the table are, literally, bringing to the table.  We propose that before spending lots of energy getting riled up about “having to use technology in the classroom,” we spend some time examining the parameters of the expectation.

 

We propose that by taking the time to clarify definitions and to get beyond the assumptions that often accompany industry related lingo, teachers and providers aligned with various accreditation and evaluative systems will be able to articulate that a hands-on, play-based program can be providing “opportunity for children to interact with technology” without having to plug anything in.

 

Ooey Gooey, Inc. maintains that the following examples of materials traditionally found in early childhood classroom “centers” would qualify as “using technology” in environments that required as such.  Additionally it need be stated that this list is not all inclusive and that Ooey Gooey, Inc. reserves the right to modify or amend without notice.

 

ART CENTER:

Examples of technology include but are not limited to:

Art spinner

Crayons

Contact paper

Easel

Flyswatter

Hole puncher

Kiln

Loom (weaving)

Markers

Paint brushes

Paper

Pencils

Protractor

Scissors

Staple remover

Stapler

Staples

 

BLOCK CENTER:

Examples of technology include but are not limited to:

Blocks

Boxes

Gears

Pendulum

Pulleys

Ramps

Roads

String

Transportation materials: cars, boats, tractors, etc.

 

 

BOOK CENTER:

Examples of technology include but are not limited to:

Books (print)

CD player

iPod

Tape recorder

 

 

CIRCLE TIME AREA:

Examples of technology include but are not limited to:

Books (print)

Calendar

CD player

Flip chart

iPod

Musical instruments

Parachute

Tape recorder

 

 

DRESS-UP CENTER:

Examples of technology include but are not limited to:

Appliances

Buttons

Calculator

Clothespins

Computer keyboard

Egg beater

Iron

Light bulbs

Snaps

Stroller

Suitcases

Sunglasses

Telephones

Typewriter

Umbrella

Velcro

Zippers

 

 

MANIPULATIVE AREA:

Examples of technology include but are not limited to:

Busy-boards

Locks

Magnifying glasses

Microscope

Pipettes

Scale

Slinky

Tape measure

Tweezers

 

 

FOOD/SNACK TIME:

Examples of technology include but are not limited to:

Appliances

Blender

Cooking utensils

Fermentation (yeast = bread)

Fire (heat)

Microwave

Mixer

Oven

Refrigerator

Silverware

Stove

Warming tray

 

 

NAP TIME:

Examples of technology include but are not limited to:

CD player

Indoor plumbing

Diapers

iPod

Tape recorder

 

 

PLAYGROUND TIME:

Examples of technology include but are not limited to:

Ball

Bikes

Buckets

Compass

Corn husker

Drill (manual)

Gutter

Hammers

Hammock

Hose

Hula hoop

Jump rope

Nails

Parachute

Pendulum

Pulley

Pump (water)

Running water

Scooter

See-saw

Shovels

Sprinkler

Swing

Thermometer

Tires

Trikes

Wagon

Washboard

Wheel

Wood working materials: hammer, nails, level, brace, vice

 

 

SENSORY TUB:

Examples of technology include but are not limited to:

Funnel

Gutter

Measuring cups

Measuring spoons

Plastic tubing

Wooden spoons

 

 

WRITING CENTER:

Examples of technology include but are not limited to:

Calculator

Chalkboard

Clipboard

Compass

Envelopes

Paper

Pencil sharpener

Pencils

Pens

Protractor

Rulers

Scissors

Stencils

Tape

Typewriter

Whiteboard

 

 

 

What might you add?

 

 

 

We hope this assists.

 

© Lisa Murphy, Ooey Gooey Inc.

September 14, 2010

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