Some weeks ago in my Literacy and Technology class, Dr. Doug Hartman asked us the following question: “What is technology?”
I’ve taken more than my share of ed tech classes so I decided to take a stroll down memory lane and find an answer this question. As I foraged through the forest of information that has grown from seeds over the past three and a half years, I slowly started to realise that I have never been asked that question before.
The question was so simple, but I had never given it any thought before. What is technology? What makes something technology? Where do we draw the line between technology and non-technology? Is technology man-made? Does it matter what we label things? And so on… A simple question, resulted in a cascade of curious inquiries (as well as a class-wide debate about the topic).
Our class assignment for the week was to work in pairs and find an answer to that simple question. My colleague, Erik Skogsberg, and I decided on the following visual to represent our understanding of what is technology. I’ll be leaving the representation up to your own interpretation.