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A Problem with Fear

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Recommended because this film, through the humor of its director Gary Burns, shows that even though technology can make our lives safer and better, it can result in increased complexity. He questions whether the faith we have in technology is really giving us any more control over our lives. By centering the films plot around a new wrist bracelet technology, the director shows how people’s fears come to the forefront of their lives. This film is appropriate for grades 9-12. Reviewed by Ronald Reichel. 01/25/2005

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Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh. (1993).

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Recommended because it explores environmental, social, and psychological problems associated with our push for ‘progress’ and ‘development through an examination of the breakdown of Ladakh’s culture and environment (ecological balance and social harmony) because of ‘modernization’. The film is based on the Helena Norberg-Hodge (founder of ISEC) and Peter Matthiessen book of the same name.

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Annual Editions: Global Issues 09/10. (2009).

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Recommended because new editions each year contain collections of 30-40 up to date articles from scholars and the world press that examine the most important global issues facing the planet.  The book has a world map, a glossary, a topic guide, and a list of related websites. This is one of many Annual Editions series. Others (see list on the Annual Editions website) are also relevant to specific issues as well as regional studies.

Citation: Jackson, Robert M. (editor). Guilford, CT: McGraw-Hill/Dushkin. http://www.dushkin.com

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As The Future Catches You: How Genomics and Other Forces are Changing Your Life, Your Work, Your Investments, Your World

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Recommended because Juan Enriquez, of the Harvard Business School, demonstrates how technology destroys existing systems and at the same time creates new ones. In particular, he demonstrates how the mapping of DNAs genetic code of life has set into motion a new revolution. In this 260-page book, he writes in a way most students in grades 11-12 can understand. He has a fascinating discussion of the possible effects upon systems by bio computing specialists who may grow computers organically to store data on a nano scale. Reviewed by Ronald Reichel. 01/24/2005

Citation: Enriquez, Juan Crown Publishing. ISBN B000050VHG. October 1991.

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At School Education Web

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this site deals with technological questions and issues which are fundamental to any study of technological systems. Questions dealt with are: What is design? Is technology related to science? The issues discussed are social determinism, the socio-technical interface, and technology and gender. Start by clicking on questions or issues the viewer will encounter a brief discussion of the topic. Following the discussion links are provided which are related to the topic. Be aware of this site is appropriate for grades 9-12. Reviewed by Ronald Reichel. 01/12/2005

Automotive Intelligence News

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Recommended because of its relationship to technology and global manufacturing. This site would appeal to teenagers because it centers on cars and modern technology. When you click Companies located at the top of the page, you will then arrive at automotive analysis and auto industry research. Start by clicking News, and then clicking January and scrolling to Jan 03, 2003. There is an excellent article entitled “GM’s Global Manufacturing System – A System to Build Great Trucks”. Reviewed by Ronald Reichel. 01/12/2005

CNN

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Recommended because there is a plethora of articles on technology and technological systems. Start by clicking Technology and using the search for technological systems. You will find an interesting article dated July 6, 2000, entitled “Analysis: A Tale of Two Terrors.” This article suggests that there is the possibility of technological systems creating an anti-utopia, as portrayed in the movie The Matrix. Be aware of this is an excellent article to use to counter balance technology utopia arguments in any point/counter point discussions or debates within the high school classroom. Reviewed by Ronald Reichel. 01/12/2005

Communication Satellites: Making the Global Village Possible

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Recommended because it provides a clear and succinct history of events, from 1945 to 1988, that helped communications satellites make a global village possible. At the end of this four-page article by David J. Whalen, there is a satellite chronology provided by the author. This site would be useful for grades 7-12. Reviewed by Ronald Reichel. 01/12/2005

Consumers and Luxury: Consumer Culture in Europe 1650-1850

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Recommended because this book would help secondary teachers develop world history, economics, or European history lessons. This book would be helpful in examining the effects of consumer psychology upon products produced by new technologies. Each of the eleven chapters is an analysis of items such as coffee, sugar, tulips, clothing, paintings, and a host of commercially produced items. This work explores the complex variety of associations attached to goods and their users of the period. There is an extensive coverage of consumption practices in France and England. Reviewed by Ronald Reichel. 01/24/2005

Citation: Berg, Maxine & Clifford, Helen (eds.) Manchester University Press. ISBN 0719052734. 1999

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Digital Library Technology Trends

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because of its relevancy to the radical transformation taking place in information technology systems. This article not only defines what is meant by digital library, but looks at possible future directions that digital library development might take. This would be a suitable site for students in grades 11-12. Be aware of the fact that Google automatically generates html versions of this document. Reviewed by Ronald Reichel. 01/12/2005

Dissolving Boundaries: Solving Global Problems

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Recommended because of a discussion of the greenhouse effect and discussion of the need of international controls on polluting technologies. Bill Moyers and several international experts discuss a wide number of global issues. Be aware that the film is somewhat dated. The issues, however, are still relevant to our times. This film is appropriate for grades 10-12. Reviewed by Ronald Reichel. 01/25/2005

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EETimesUK

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this site has an excellent synopsis of a PopTech gathering which dealt with biomimicry. Biomimicry, which crosses the lines among biology, scientific observation, and engineering, is urged as a means to deal with solving global problems. This provocative article would be quite useful for grades 10-12. In addition to the article “Life Lessons to Drive Solutions to Global Woes,” this site provides several recent articles on technology. Reviewed by Ronald Reichel. 01/12/2005.

Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change

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Recommended because this site contains an excellent listing of acronyms and abbreviations, which deal with methodological and technological issues in technology transfer. Start by clicking table of contents, next go to Section III and you will find 30 case studies dealing with technological issues. Many of these could prove very useful for grades 9-12. Be aware of the fact that some of these case studies will have to be rewritten to fit the classroom proficiency level. Reviewed by Ronald Reichel. 01/19/2005

International Telecommunication Union

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Recommended because this site provides an excellent history of the growth of the telecommunication system. From the invention of the telegraph to the development of communication satellites, this brief history traces the evolution of communication globalization. Today this little known organization has grown to over 189 member states. ITU has for over 100 years helped create a global communication network which now integrates a large range of technologies. This would be useful for grades 6-12. Reviewed by Ronald Reichel. 01/19/2005

Leonardo to the Internet: Technology and Culture from the Renaissance to the Present

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Recommended because of the interesting case studies found within the thematic chapters of this 324-page book. The author provides a comparative history of the interrelationship of technology and culture, which secondary students would find quite compelling. He provides numerous case studies, from Johann Gutenberg to the telecommunication revolution of today. Many of these case studies would be quite appropriate for secondary school world history, U.S. history, economics, or civics courses. Reviewed by Ronald Reichel. 01/24/2005

Citation: Misa, Thomas Johns Hopkins Press. ISBN0801878098. 2004.

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Manufacturing & Technology News

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this site contains a wide assortment of news items, which demonstrate technological systems within manufacturing. The item that you immediately pull up is “Honda Reduces Manufacturing Costs By 87 Percent With Prototype Biological Manufacturing System.” The news items would be of high interest to grades 9-12. Reviewed by Ronald Reichel. 01/19/2005

Minding the Machines: Preventing Technological Disasters

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Recommended because this book contains 30 case studies of technological disaster. They include such disasters as Challenger, Titanic, Bhopal, Chernobyl, Ford Pinto, and Dow Corning breast implants. Beware that Minding the Machine is targeted at engineers, scientists, government officials, and senior managers. The case studies are so fascinating, however, that they make good resources for students in grades 11-12. The book concludes by examining the roles that government, corporations, and society should play in reducing the risks of technology. Reviewed by Ronald Reichel. 01/24/2005

Citation: Evan, William & Manion, Mark Pearson Education Australia. ISBN RRP. 2002.

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North Central Regional Educational Laboratory

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because of its usefulness to K-12 teachers who wish to examine technological systems by using education as a model. This site examines “Critical Issue: Using Technology to Improve Student Achievement.” Contained in the discussion of four educators are in-depth linkages to resources, audios, and text references to the topic. Reviewed by Ronald Reichel. 01/19/2005

Rand Corporation

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Recommended because it is the largest independent global research agency in the United States. The site includes publications of interested on topics such as terrorism, military strategy, education, international politics and culture. Start by examining the Publications section since most are available online for free. Be aware of that the majority of the publications are written by academics and experts in the field and may not be suitable for use within the classroom, but all the materials are excellent resources.

Roland Piquepaille’s Technology Trends

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Recommended because this proves an interesting example of how a blog can be used as an educational source. This article deals with the effects three technologies might have upon our lives in the future. They are nano technology, sensors, and wireless technologies. Be aware of the fact that there is private advertising at this site. This site is recommended for grades 9-12 which are engaged in future studies. Reviewed by Ronald Reichel. 01/19/2005

Secrets of Silicon Valley

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Recommended because the film brings out the message that high tech and globalization still involve labor and capital conflict. The husband and wife producer team, consisting of Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman, build a strong case that racism persists within the Silicon Valley economic system. By following the lives of Magda Escobar and Raj Jayadev, the film underscores the disconnect between the rhetoric of capital and daily lives of poor minority workers. Reviewed by Ronald Reichel. 01/25/2005

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TENET Professional Resources for all Educators

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because of its technology resources in the Classroom Resources for Teachers. This site contains 12 links to organizations which provide resources for teaching about technology in grades K-12. Reviewed by Ronald Reichel. 01/20/2005

The Global Technology Revolution: Bio/Nano/Materials Trends and Their Synergies with Information Technology by 2015

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Recommended because this study, sponsored by the National Intelligence Council, provides ways in which various technologies could shape the world by 2015. Although this study is meant to be helpful to U.S. policymakers and intelligence analysts, it provides an excellent source for secondary teachers of social studies. Chapter Two, entitled “Technology Trends,” should be of special interest to teachers because it contains information on such topics as Genomics, Bidomedical Engineering, Smart Materials, Nanotechnology, and Molecular Manufacturing and Nanorobots. Chapter Two contains an excellent discussion pertaining to the technology revolution and culture. Reviewed by Ronald Reichel. 01/24/2005

Citation: Anton, Philip S., Silberglitt, Richard & Schneider, James Rand. 2001.

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The Great Warming

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Recommended because these three 46-minute films tell three stories of people around the world who are describing exciting ideas and technologies for a sustainable future. The series is based upon the book Storm Warning- Gambling with the Climate of our Planet, written by the Canadian author Lydia Dotto. The three episodes are “The Human Fingerprint”, “The Age of Uncertainty”, and “Our Children’s Planet.” These films are recommended for grades 8-12. Reviewed by Ronald Reichel. 01/25/2005

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The Letter

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Recommended because it demonstrates how technology plays a role in a teenager’s life. Sasaki Yusuke, a 17 year old Japanese student, produced and directed this film. It centers around a boy who spends his entire evening chatting on a cell phone. In all but two minutes of the film, the cell phone is the sole focus of the action. This is an excellent portrayal of human-computer interaction. This film is appropriate for grades 10-12. Reviewed by Ronald Reichel. 01/25/2005

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The Social Construction of Technological Systems: New Directions in the Sociology and History of Technology

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Recommended because there are 13 essays, which cover individual case studies and provide examples of how social processes construct technological artifacts. Cases explain how the technological artifacts work or don’t work, depending on how they are used. Other cases show how relevant social groups interpret and define the technological artifact. Each group defines the artifact by what they already know about related technologies. Many of these case studies would provide excellent resources for the secondary school sociology teachers who are teaching about social systems. Reviewed by Ronald Reichel. 01/24/2005

Citation: Bijker, Wiebe E., Hughes, Thomas P. & Pinch, Trevor F. (Editors) MIT Press. ISBN 0262521377. 1994.

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The Society for International Space Cooperation

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this site promotes cooperation, education, and exchange among countries of the world, related to scientific advancement and the international exploration of space. Click on Space Rover and then click Students. You will find resources appropriate to students in grades 6-12. There is also a section for teachers. This site also contains information about several other programs available. The International Space Station Resource Guide CD includes over 30 minutes of movies and animation. Another interesting program is the Telemedicine Resource Guide CD. This contains multimedia resources about the history, uses, and future of telemedicine on earth and in space. Recommended by Ronald Reichel. 0120/2005

They Made America: Two Centuries of Innovations from the Steam Engine to the Search Engine

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Recommended because this work can be obtained on audio tape, as well as from Time Warner. This 4Latin America-page work is written by an English science reporter and contains numerous illustrations. He provides interesting insights into such entrepreneurial undertakings as Disney’s theme parks and Turner’s CNN 24-hour news venture. His work includes discussion of such figures as Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Henry Ford, George Eastman, Edwin Land, Gary Kindall, Steve Jobs, and Bill Gates. This work is quite appropriate for students in grades 9-12. Reviewed by Ronald Reichel. 01/24/2005

Citation: Evans, Harold Little, Brown. ISBN 1586217054. 2004.

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Trends In Japan

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because of the extended coverage of science and technology articles this site provides. This site contains numerous descriptions of evolving trends in Japanese technology. Start by clicking the description desired, you will pull up an extended coverage of that trend. Many of the articles contain related articles you can go to. This site is appropriated for grades 6-12. Recommended by Ronald Reichel. 01/20/2005

Wikipedia

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Recommended because the excellent coverage of the history of science and technology. This site covers Islamic contributions, Indian contributions, Chinese contributions, and Mayan contributions in science. There are many references to additional sources which might prove useful to students engaged in research. This site is appropriate for grades 7-12. Reviewed by Ronald Reichel. 01/20/2005

World Information

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Recommended because of the extensive coverage of the evolution of information-infrastructure from 4000 BCE to 2000 AD. Start by clicking on “More and more, faster and faster but…” for a short, provocative article. Click Research Matrix and you will be able to examine the World Communication Info structure model. This model examines the globalization of communications today. This site is recommended for grades 9-12. Reviewed by Ronald Reichel. 01/20/2005