Career & Technical Education

Impacts of Technology

Key idea: Technology can have positive and negative impacts on individuals, society, and the environment and humans have the capability and responsibility to constrain or promote technological development.

Performance Indicators


Students will:

  • describe how technology can have positive and negative effects on the environment and on the way people live and work


Students will:

  • describe how outputs of a technological system can be desired, undesired, expected, or unexpected
  • describe through examples how modern technology reduces manufacturing and construction costs and produces more uniform products


Students will:

  • explain that although technological effects are complex and difficult to predict accurately, humans can control the development and implementation of technology.
  • explain how computers and automation have changed the nature of work
  • explain how national security is dependent upon both military and nonmilitary applications of technology
Last Updated: March 17, 2011