Technology has come a long way in our lifetimes. The past 150 years has seen some of the greatest advancements in technology in history. From the steam engine to the solar panel to the iPhone, every child will be able to find something to write about with these prompts for writing on technology.
Prompt 1: When daily paper newspapers were prevalent, people used to voice their opinions by writing a letter to the editor, which often got published. However, when you voiced your opinion in that manner, you had to sign your name to your letter. Today anyone can say anything about anyone anonymously all due to social media. Frequently there is no censorship and people can say hurtful things, or tell lies without fear of being caught. Do you think that there should be a law in which you can’t post anything unless your name goes along with the post? Why or why not?
Prompt 2: Cyber bullying has become a problem for many children and teens. Although it can lead to a child feeling so hopeless that they commit suicide, there is no Federal anti-bullying law. (Forty nine states have anti-bullying legislation, but bullying is not illegal). Have you ever been cyber bullied? If so, did you report it? How did it make you feel and what can we do as a nation to stop it?
Prompt 3: Less than 50 years ago, the average family owned one telephone, one or two televisions and a few radios. Today the average household has at least five devices that need an internet connection and as many as six percent of households own at least 15 such devices including smartphones, tablets, televisions, gaming consoles; even digital photo frames. This makes life much easier for everyone. But can there be a bad side to being so dependent on technology?
Prompt 4: Most inventions have pros and cons to them. Pick an invention that you believe has the most negative impact on our world. Why did you choose that invention? What do you think is wrong with it?
Prompt 5: Transportation is a necessary part of modern life. Write an essay that explains how American families use the car. Explain how it is used for business, pleasure, and emergencies.
Prompt 6: The telephone has become a very important part of everyday life. Write an essay explaining how the phone has changed American life and the different ways the family uses it.
Prompt 7: Weigh the risks and rewards of space flight by explaining why you would or would not like to be a passenger on the Space Shuttle.
Prompt 8: Do you think that some people have difficulty talking to others face-to-face because of how prevalent texting is today? When you have an issue that you need to discuss with someone, do you prefer to sit down and talk it out or handle it through texting or Facebook or some other form of written communication?
Prompt 9: Describe an experiment to be conducted on board the Space Shuttle.
Prompt 10: Think about what your life would be like without the electric light bulb. Describe a typical day for you during the dark of winter and think about how you would adjust without being able to turn on any lights.
Prompt 11: Think about a new invention you would like to create. Describe this invention and tell what it can do.
Prompt 12: Write a story about something that has been recycled, like a can, newspaper, or plastic bag, and its adventures along the way.
Prompt 13: Methods of communication have changed drastically over the past 50 years. Do you feel these changes on how we communicate have caused more stress or have made life easier for this generation compared to your parents and grandparent’s lives?
Prompt 14: Flying cars will probably a part of your future. What types of laws do you think we’ll need for this new invention? What will the speed limit be for flying cars? How will take offs and landings be handled? Will we need to drive to an airstrip to start our journeys or will the car be able to lift off right from our driveways?
Prompt 15: Your principal has decided that students in your school can have several new computers in your classroom. Write an essay for the school newspaper about how the new computers will be used to benefit your learning.