Chapter 4 (Technology and Social Change)

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Survey about Miss Kibedi’s teaching. Go here.


Thursday Oct. 16: After the chapter 3 quiz, please take my survey.

The results will be part of our journey through chapter 4, technology and social change. Thank you. 



CCA CRAAP Test is due on Tues. Oct. 21.

Environmental Behaviour Modification Assignment (plus all journals) is due on Wed. Oct. 22.

CCA Proposal Part 1 is due on Mon. Oct. 27. See blog post on CCA.

Chapter 4 quiz will be at the beginning of the lesson on Tues. Nov. 4 .

CCA Proposal Part 2 is due on Fri. Nov. 7. See blog post on CCA.


Tues. Oct. 21:Individuals Coping with Technology Chapter_4_Slides_Oct_Nov_2014

In-class: answer questions on chapter 4 intro worksheet.

In-class: identify 4 technologies you use in your daily life and the ways they make your life easier and the ways they frustrate you. Then read and take notes on Coping with Technological Change, pages 108-109 using these headings: Apply to your 4 technologies.

  • unintended consequences
  • future shock – pace of change
  • hyperculture – blurring of values
  • technosis – overdependence

Environmental Behavior Modification Assignment due tomorrow. Hand in all journals with your write-up, please.

Related videos:

Distracted Driving video

Coping with Technological Change (examples)

CBC – Nomophobia (choose 22 Minutes)

World-wide Internet and mobile phone access stats (Toronto Star)

Rotman business school introduces video applications

Unplugging the digital classroom – editorial by Doug Mann (Toronto Star editorial)


Wed. Oct. 22: Individuals Coping with Technology

Technology and Young People’s Brains (article links):

UCLA – speech by Howard Gardner on the APP Generation

CBC articles

Social media hurting development of empathy and intimacy in friendships:

Facebook makes people feel worse about themselves:

Are you a Slacktivist?

Supporting causes on social media reduces chances of actually contributing:

blue book pages 232-234, 237-238 – see questions on PPT 

Chapter 4 Introduction worksheet:

  • McLuhan’s theory
  • Traditional school and technological determinism school



Thurs. Oct. 23:Impact of Technology on the Family


Read the Bhutan case study (page 116-117 in text), complete the Bhutan Matching exercise in your handouts, and read “A Parent’s View – Letter” in your handouts. Use the info from the letter to fill in Bhutan: Loss of… organizer (see below).

Bhutan’s Enlightened Experiment (National Geographic photo gallery)

Bhutan – YouTube: What is “Gross National Happiness?”

HSB4M_Bhutan_Loss_of (organizer)



Fri. Oct. 24:Impact of Technology on the Family

Impact of Technology on the Family (p. 115 to 120, including case study and blue book p. 233, 260-261). Fill in worksheet “Impact of Technology on the Family”.

Screen time for children (NY Times, Oct., 2014) – can relate to some of the theories on the worksheet.


Mon. Oct. 27: Technology and Agriculture (where our food comes from)



  • Textbook pages 127-129 (you may want to read this but it is summarized on Ms. Kibedi’s slides).
  • Blue book pages 240-241 – Ritzer’s McDonaldization theory.
  • Apply theory  to feedlots (Beef Inc.)
  • Notes on GM foods, 130-131.

Tues. Oct. 28: Technology and Agriculture


  • Take notes on gm foods – write info on your GM foods BOTH SIDES handout: pages bottom of 130-131, 132-133.
  • Apply McDonaldization theory to The Truth About Monsanto (video worksheet)

What the World Eats (Time Magazine)

Wed. Oct. 29: Technology and Agriculture


  • Use pages 132-133 to fill in “GM Technology: Yes or NO” organizer in handouts. Go to GM foods articles and find one thing to support GM foods and one thing against. Add to your BOTH sides worksheet.
  • The Truth about Monsanto – video worksheet.


Thurs. Oct. 30: Agriculture


The Truth about Monsanto – video worksheet.


Fri. Oct. 31:Technology and Work


blue book pages 248-252 (refer to PPT for specifics).

Tech at work survey – please do the survey before Monday.

Mon. Nov. 3:Technology and Work

Study for chapter 4 quiz. Please bring all CCA materials to class tomorrow.

Blue book pages and concepts you are responsible for:


  • Emile Durkheim’s theory of social norms
  • Marvin Harris’s cultural materialism


  • repercussions of spell check and auto-complete
  • George Herbert Mead’s theory of the self


  •  family systems theory


  • Marvin Harris’ cultural materialism (again)
  • telcommuting

 Tues. Nov. 4:

chapter 4 quiz. Please bring all CCA materials to class.


Best quote ever about technology, specifically social networking:

“If what you are getting online is for free, you are not the customer, you are the product.”

– Jonathan Zittrain, Harvard Law School Professor

Walsh. C. (2011, June 14). Hyper public spaces. Finding clues to managing the Internet by using design principles. Harvard Gazette. Retrieved March 21, 2012 from

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