The Technology Teacher

A peer-reviewed journal serving technology education professionals from elementary school to high school. Focuses on technology trends, education, and learning activities.

Articles from Vol. 64, No. 1, September

Being a Somebody for Technology Education: Leadership Requires Creating What Isn't There, Something New, Something beyond What the System Already Has
Keynote Address at the FTE Spirit of Excellence Breakfast ITEA Conference 2004, Albuquerque, NM This morning I have chosen not to share with you who and why certain individuals were influential during my career--but instead I have decided to...
Bush vs. Kerry on Education
The American public is being inundated with political advertisements, which will reach a peak this fall, leading up to the November elections. Among the myriad of issues that the candidates have addressed is the issue of education. Where do George...
Electric Motors Everywhere: Most Forms of Energy Go through Some Conversion Process to Do Useful Work for Us
Introduction Can you imagine the multitude of uses for electric motors? We may even say "motors, motors, everywhere electric motors!" Electric motors are used in home, work, and recreation, silently doing work for us in converting electrical energy...
Informed Design: A Contemporary Approach to Design Pedagogy as the Core Process in Technology: In Classroom Settings Most Problems Are Usually Well Defined, So Students Have Little Experience with Open-Ended Problems
The Standards for Technological Literacy (ITEA, 2000, 2002) document indicates the centrality of design to the study of technology, "Design is regarded by many as the core problem-solving process of technological development. It is as fundamental to...
Observational Research: Formalized Curiosity: Curiosity Is a Hard Concept to Teach, but We Can Teach Methods That Will Help Students Experience the Power of Curiosity
Design research is a valuable tool to help the designer understand the problem that he/she needs to solve. "A problem well stated is half solved." (1) The purpose of design research is to help state or understand the problems better, which will lead...
Request for Special Recognition Nominations: ITEA Members Are Invited to Submit Nominations for the Following Awards. Recognize Colleagues Who Give Extra Effort!
Academy of Fellows This is the highest recognition that the International Technology Education Association (ITEA) can bestow upon any person. To qualify, the individual must have gained prominence in and brought honor to the profession of technology...
Robot Design Challenge: This Design Challenge Is a Mirror on the World
Here is a fun design challenge you can use in your classroom or across the grades in your school. If you are a regional manager of a number of schools, you can challenge several schools to participate. No special tools, hardware, or supplies are needed,...
Standards-Based Technology Teacher Education Online: An Innovative New Program at Valley City State University
Valley City State University in Valley City, ND, has developed an undergraduate technology education program over the past five years that is being delivered completely online. What are you doing in technology education and how did it come about?...
The Second Installment of the ITEA/Gallup Poll and What It Reveals as to How Americans Think about Technology: A Report of the Second Survey Conducted by the Gallup Organization for the International Technology Education Association
The first poll in what has become a two-part series was commissioned by the International Technology Education Association (ITEA) in the spring of 2001 with the intent of finding out how Americans viewed technological literacy. Funding for this second...