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. 7, April

A Proactive Approach to Technological Literacy
"Technological literacy is vital to individual, community, and national economic prosperity. " (ITEA, 1996, p.6) With the increasing complexity of technology, it is important for each citizen to be able to make informed decisions about the technology...
Designing Nature's Way
You have won a new car--any new car you want! What kind of car do you pick? Do you want a racy sports car, with a powerful V-8 engine, 6-speed transmission, power convertible top, navigation system, polished aluminum wheels, and premium sound system...
Mastering the Essentials for a Career in Technology Education: Over 60% of the Annual Growth in Our Nation's Economy Is Directly Attributable to Scientific and Technological Advances
Prologue In this article, I shall endeavor to set an ideal, a personal wish list if you will, for what I believe are the key areas of competency young technology education teachers should be developing while still in college. Not being an educator...
Teaching Elements and Principles of Bridge Design: By Designing Model Bridges, Students Can Begin to Appreciate How Engineers Construct Elements That Produce Tremendous Force, Such as Arches and Cables
Bridge construction is a popular classroom activity. However, the basic principles of tension, compression, and counterbalance are not always clearly represented and defined. The common materials used to construct model bridges, such as straws, toothpicks,...
Using Storyboarding Techniques to Identify Design Opportunities: When Students Employ Storyboards, They Are Better Able to Understand the Complexity of a Products's Use and Visualize Areas for Improvement
The movie industry heavily relies on storyboards as an effective way to visually describe the process of a movie. The storyboard visually describes how the movie flows from beginning to end, how the characters are interacting, and where transitions...
What Happened with Education in the Latest National Budget?
The following quick summary was provided in The Washington Post by writer, Michael A. Fletcher: The administration is requesting $56 billion for the Education Department, a cut of half a billion dollars, or 0.9 percent, from fiscal 2005--the first...
Wheels and Tires: Understanding the Numbers on the Sides of Tires Might Lead to Longer Life Tires and Improved Driving Safety
Automobile wheels (rims and hubcaps) have been catching the eyes of car enthusiasts for years. Designers have used their creativity to make better products both structurally and aesthetically. Hubcaps were one of the early aesthetic accessories added...
Where the Woman Are: Research Findings on Gender Issues in Technology Education: Once Investigations Discover Issues to Address, the Profession Can Make the Changes Needed to Attract and Retain More Female Students and Teachers
This article reports some research findings about gender issues in technology education and relates some actual events that cause concern for our profession. It also includes a Self-Check Questionnaire that teachers and other professionals can use...