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"Saving the World, One Swipe at a Time", Connected, level 4, November 2018

27 November 2018

The first page of the article.

Digital technologies have unlocked new ways to tackle some of the world’s biggest problems. Three kiwi companies are at the forefront.

You can find the story and the teaching notes here: Saving the World, One Swipe at a Time, Connected, level 4, November 2018

Other useful resources

Examples of New Zealand technology students who have developed digital technology solutions to problems they recognised:  

Discussion questions

These could include:

  • Read Part 1: Thoughtful technology. Which of the human senses does the technology developed by Dmitry return to people with physical disabilities? What are some other possibilities where digital technologies may assist the return of senses to people with disabilities?
  • Choose one of the three companies:
    • Write a conceptual statement for the product that identifies the nature of the outcome and why such an outcome should be developed.
    • What are the key attributes for the product to evaluate that it is fit for purpose?
    • Examine and debate the innovative technology that resulted in new possibilities. Identify the creative and critical thinking behind the innovation.
    • Identify the knowledge and skills that have informed initial design decisions and on-going manufacturing of the product. What knowledge do you think is technological knowledge and what is knowledge drawn from other disciplines (for example, science, mathematics, social sciences).

Indicators of progression for discussion starters

Component Indicator Level
Characteristics of technology
  • identify examples where technology has changed people’s sensory perception and/or physical abilities and discuss the potential short and long term impacts of these
  • identify examples of creative and critical thinking in technological practice
  • identify and categorise knowledge and skills from technology and other disciplines that have informed decisions in technological development and manufacture
Brief development
  • identify a need or opportunity from the given context and issue
  • establish a conceptual statement that communicates the nature of the outcome and why such an outcome should be developed
  • establish the key attributes for an outcome informed by stakeholder considerations
  • communicate key attributes that allow an outcome to be evaluated as fit for purpose.

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