Examples of technology include the computer and the Internet-the power to do simple thinking processes so much faster allows industry, science and commerce to move forward more quickly. An example of new technology is the Internet that provides instant information to virtually anybody with access at a moment’s notice and also provides real-time information on-line in a matter of seconds…and all of this happens without the need for a computer. Another example of new technology includes the telephone. New technologies such as the cellular telephone has reduced lines and wasted energy as well as increasing the speed with which we communicate. Another example of new technology is satellite television, which has revolutionized the way we watch television.
Scientific knowledge has been developed through the accumulation of scientific and technological data over time. Examples of scientific applications that have taken place through the accumulation of factual data are the discoveries made by the scientists that made the first rock fossil record, the first maps drawn on the moon and the first planets. Examples of technological advances made in the realm of science and technology include the flight of the first flight passengers to the moon and the building of the first artificial intelligent computer. The ways in which technology assists with the process of learning include:
Technological knowledge is used in the process of scientific investigation. The observations of experts in various fields have been compiled and form a basis for the understanding of natural phenomena. For example, observations on the behavior of the earth’s atmosphere and on solar wind patterns have been recorded and studied in order to help scientists better understand the processes that take place in nature and how they may be altered or influenced in future occurrences.
Scientific investigation occurs through the process of scientific inquiry or study. This is a systematic way of gathering facts and data and using them to support a scientific hypothesis. The hypothesis is then tested in order to determine whether it is valid or not. It may then be considered to be a fact and evidence is gathered and analyzed in order to provide support for the hypothesis. Examples of scientific methodologies include the use of observational methods, the use of statistical methods, experiments and measurements. They all depend on the scientific method to be effective and the results supported by observations.
Technological knowledge is used in the process of scientific knowledge. In the case of technological systems, this refers to the use of advanced technologies in order to acquire knowledge about the natural world. The natural world has principles that are universal and have been observed over time. The same principles can be applied to the technological world and as a result a theory or concept known as natural knowledge is introduced.
Technological knowledge can be taught. It is taught through the process of scientific inquiry and observation. It can also be learned by using readily available technology in the course of our daily lives. As a result of scientific knowledge acquired through observation, people can learn how to predict the future and can also find out what causes certain phenomena. For example, by observing that particular material object breaks down after being subjected to certain conditions, we can know that it will break down in specific circumstances.