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STEM Performance Task

Ethics in Technology

  Teacher Resources  

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Review your understanding of technology by reading the portion called Technology.

The future of technology exists with breakthroughs. Read the following article about where technology is heading to gather some background knowledge of the possibilities that exist.

The Next Twenty Years in Technology: Timeline and Commentary by Ian D. Pearson

Recent news has awakened the world to new concerns as well as innovations in the world of biotechnology.

Essential Question

Do the benefits of new technologies outweigh the associated ethical concerns?



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Listed below are the guiding questions you will have to follow while doing your research. Remember to collect information on each question below and provide it in your product.

  • Description of the Technology 
    • How does it work?
    • Unique design/materials 
  • Histoical Development
    • Original inception
    • How the technology has evolved throught time 
  • Uses, Limitations
    • Current uses, consider thr positive and negative applications
    • Current limits to the technology 
    • Potential future applications    
  • Issues and Impact
    • Society, economy, environment
    • Issues that have arisen due to the technbology (explore both sides) 
  • Ethical decision
    • Based on yout research, decice if the beneficial value of the technology outweighs the ethical cost? Support your decision.
  • References
    • Be sure to cite your sources as you go

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Topic List

BrainPop Choosing a Topic

  • Cloning
  • Gene Therapy
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Organ Transplantation
  • Bioterrorism
  • Human Genome Project
  • Stem Cells 
  • Biological Weapons
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Counter Intelligence 
  • Mars Rover
  • International Space Station
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones)
  • Computer Modeling/Simulation (violent simulation)
  • Robotics 
Medical Equipment
  • Ultrasound Imaging
  • Surgical robotics (robots)
  • Pill Camera (pill-sized camera)
  • Artificial Blood 
  • Nanotechnology
  • Military Armor
  • Inhibitors (Bacterial)
  • Invisibility
  • Nuclear Technology 
  • Smart Weapons/Guns
  • Digital Cameras
  • Compact Discs
  • Laser Shows
  • Deep Space Telescopes 
  • Telecommunications
  • Space Exploration 
Select your own topic, with teacher approval 


Essential Question

Do the benefits of new technologies outweigh the associated ethical concerns?

Gather information from a Variety of Resources 21st Century Skills  

Targeted Web Sites and Digital Content

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Paraphrase and quote information taken from sources and cite your sources in a Bibliography to avoid plagiarism. You may use an online citation generator like EasyBib or BibMe to format your sources for a Bibliography.

BrainPop Citing Sources, Copyright, Plagerism

Do a keyword search for websites, articles, and media from authoritative, reliable sources using the BCPS-licensed databases recommended below.
  • No logins needed to use databases at school. See your Library Media Specialist for usernames and passwords required for home access.

Click on a database icon to search for articles and websites:

World Book Advanced




Type your keyword(s) into a Search Widget:



Notetaking Resources

Gather information about your topic from a variety of sources. Sort your research findings using a graphic organizer or note cards.

BrainPop Outlines, Paraphrasing, Organizing Your Thoughts,

Electronic Organization

Take notes using Cornell notes, note cards, graphic organizer, outline, and online note-taking utility like Note Star, or Inspiration software, as directed by your teacher.


Online Notetaking Tools

Evernote Evernote allows you to capture your ideas, graphs, photos, voice memos, web pages, and just about anything else that you want to include in your research project. The best part: Evernote is always within arm's reach. There are versions of Evernote for Windows, Mac, the Web, iPhone, Windows Mobile, and other mobile devices. Each of these versions of Evernote is always synchronized, so any information added in one place is instantly available everywhere else.
Live BindersLive Binders is an online 3-ring binder. It allows you to combine web content with PDF and Word documents in an online binder. The binder can be organized into tabs and subtabs and be embedded on blogs and other websites, or downloaded to a computer desktop. You may want to create a Live Binder to keep yourself organized as you complete your research project. When the project is finished, you can turn in the final project as a Live Binder that includes all web research, notes, and the final written work. Check out the video tutorials to learn how to set up and use your Live Binder. Once you have set up your Live Binder, you may want to view this Live Binder on creating a truly great Live Binder.
ZohoNotes Zoho Notebook - Notebook Zoho makes it possible to create a notebook which can be filled with various different types of content. Multiple notebooks can be created and content can be added to them. It’s possible to put content anywhere on the no tebook so that it is organized in a logical format. Audio can be recorded and embedded, photos can be uploaded, and video can be uploaded from your webcam. It’s also possible to attach files to your notebook.


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Synthesize your research findings by using a presentation tool as directed by your teacher to design an informative presentation and share your learning and insights with the class. Use the directions and tutorials below as needed for your chosen format.

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Web 2.0 Tools

Directions and Tutorials

Software Tools Directions and Tutorials
  • PhotoStory
  • Microsoft Moviemaker

Rubric for products:

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Peer Feedback

Now that you are finished your product it is time for a peer review it. Use the rubric that best fits with your product and print a copy to give to your peer evaluator.You will evaluate the products of your peers. Be careful to give meaningful feedback to better their product. Be as descriptive as possible.

Or use the Peer Feedback document to respond to your peers product.

Rubric for products:

Glogster Rubric

TimeToast Rubric

Animoto Rubric

PhotoStory/MovieMaker Rubric

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This is your final oppurtunity to edit your project before you present and turn in your product. Remember to use the feedback from your peers to guide you in this process. Remember to use the rubric to make sure you have met all expectations.



Students will complete the PRO/CON/My Opinion sheets with supports from the presentation they watch as they watch their peers projects

Pro/Con/My Opinion Worksheet



Now that you have completed your project think about the following questions and reflect back on the information you have learned. A Microsoft Word version is available.

  1. Did any of your intial views on this topic change? Why or why not?
  2. What aspect of your project was most effective for informing public perception and why?
  3. What do you think is the most persuasive point you’ve made in your project and why?
  4. What part of the project are you still dissatisfied with? Why?
  5. What was the best piece of advice you recieved from your peer feedback? Explain how you applied it
  6. How do you think your ethical decision about your topic differ from those of your classmates?
  7. > As you researched your topic what did you discover about yourself as a person?>

The following scoring tools may be used or adapted by your teacher to evaluate your research process, product/presentation, and reflection.