Posted by: crudbasher | September 21, 2010

Rules for Dealing with Technology

Ah I love this list (annotated below).  This was given to a homeschooled child on how to become techno-literate.  I completely agree.

The most important from this list is this one:

Nobody has any idea of what a new invention will really be good for. The crucial question is, what happens when everyone has one?

Apply this idea to the classroom. Awesome!

  • Brilliant list for techo-literacy

    tags: education technology literacy nell

    • Every new technology will bite back. The more powerful its gifts, the more powerfully it can be abused. Look for its costs.
    • Technologies improve so fast you should postpone getting anything you need until the last second. Get comfortable with the fact that anything you buy is already obsolete.
    • Before you can master a device, program or invention, it will be superseded; you will always be a beginner. Get good at it.
    • Be suspicious of any technology that requires walls. If you can fix it, modify it or hack it yourself, that is a good sign.
    • The proper response to a stupid technology is to make a better one, just as the proper response to a stupid idea is not to outlaw it but to replace it with a better idea.
    • Every technology is biased by its embedded defaults: what does it assume?
    • Nobody has any idea of what a new invention will really be good for. The crucial question is, what happens when everyone has one?
    • The older the technology, the more likely it will continue to be useful.
    • Find the minimum amount of technology that will maximize your options.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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Responses

  1. This is a great list, I also like…”Every technology is biased by its embedded defaults: what does it assume?”


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