Reflection: Real World Applications Does Technology Help or Harm the Earth - Section 5: Wrap Up


A Real World Debate 

Whether technology is more helpful to the Earth or more harmful is a debate that has been going on in the real world for a long time.  Scientists have been using technology to help improve the lives of people since the beginning of time.  The more research available regarding the impact of technology leaves people to consider whether all this technology is causing more harm than good.  

Allowing the students to take their own stand on this topic and provide the class with evidence to support their reasoning helps them educate their peers on the facts for either side.  After seeing the list that was developed on the anchor chart, most students came to the conclusion that technology is both helpful and harmful.  This will lead us into our next two lessons, renewable and nonrenewable resources as well as how to reduce, reuse, and recycle.  Some of the technology groups discussed such as trash cans, will help guide our discussions on how technology is helping us come up with new ways to use renewable energy sources, and find ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle.  

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Does Technology Help or Harm the Earth

Unit 5: Earth and Human Activity
Lesson 4 of 6

Objective: SWBAT find evidence to support their choice on whether technology helps or harms the Earth.

Big Idea: Students work in groups to find evidence through internet searches, to support their choice on whether technology helps or hurts the Earth. They then have a debate with the other groups in class.

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Science, Conservation of Energy, Renewable Energy, earth, recycling, community, pollution, resources
  75 minutes
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