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. 63, No. 2, October

Award-Winning Educational Initiative Kicks off the School Year
The award-winning Space Day[SM] educational initiative will take young people on a journey to uncharted galaxies with Space Day 2004--Blazing Galactic Trails. In honor of the national bicentennial commemoration of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Space...
Competition Opportunities
NASA's K-12 Student Involvement Program competitions are sure to bring fun and excitement into the classroom. The special theme for NSIP's 2003-2004 Science and Technology Journalism competition is "The Centennial of Flight," celebrating the 100th...
Design Drawing: A Means toward Visual Literacy and the Exploration of Ideas in the Classroom: Drawing Is the Most Immediate and Natural Tool for Generating and Expressing Ideas
Introduction Learning to visualize is an essential component of a student's cognitive development and an important skill in activities of design and problem solving. As an industrial design professor, with years of experience as a practitioner,...
Gravure Printing: Traditionally, Technology Teachers Have Found It Difficult to Teach Gravure Printing in a Hands-On or Meaningful Way in the Laboratory
Introduction With a distinct rise in the user-friendliness of desktop technology, there has been a corresponding decrease in the emphasis of printing processes in the communication technology curriculum. Nevertheless, printing technology has a profound...
Making Use of the New Student Assessment Standards to Enhance Technological Literacy: The Assessment of Student Learning Is a Pivotal Component of Effective Teaching and Learning
Introduction Assessment--it's a word that conjures up an odd mix of emotions for many educators. It often reminds people (of any profession) of their own fear of testing situations (for example, how would you feel about having to take another state's...
Put Your Name on a Speeding Comet
Do you want to put your name on a collision course with a comet as part of the first space mission designed to give scientists a look inside one of these icy wanderers? The University of Maryland, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and Ball Aerospace...
Sizing Up the Clouds: Teacher's Guide for Setting Up the Activity
In this activity, you will set up three simulated "clouds" representing three different cloud types. Students will use different methods to estimate the "precipitation" contents of each cloud type. Each method is roughly analogous to methods actually...
Teachers' Experiences in Implementing the New Zealand Technology Curriculum: Technology Teachers Have Had to Adapt More Than in Any Curriculum Area to New Ways of Teaching
Introduction This paper describes the results of a national study to investigate teachers' experiences in the implementation of the technology curriculum in New Zealand schools from Years 1-13. This investigation of the implementation of the technology...
Water Pollution Scrubber Activity Simulates Pollution Control Devices: The Students Realized That It Just Might Be a Lot Easier to Keep Our Water Clean Than It Is to Remove Pollutants
Several years ago we were looking for a laboratory activity for our industrial pollution control class at Bowling Green State University that would cause our students to think more actively about water pollution. We wanted to give them the opportunity...