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. 5, February

"Are You Talking to Me?"-Teaching User-Centered Design
"Are you talkin' to me?" Robert DiNiro as Travis Bickle in 'Taxi Driver' [c] 1976 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. This memorable scene from motion picture history has many meanings for me. It is at first the cry of frustration in living in...
Creating a Star: The Science of Fusion: Fusion Power Would Not Contribute to Global Warming, Acid Rain, or Other Forms of Air Pollution, nor Would It Create Long-Lived Radioactive Waste
Fusion is the process that powers the sun and the stars. Since the 1950s, scientists and engineers in the United States and around the world have been conducting fusion research in pursuit of the creation of a new energy source for our planet and to...
Engineering and Learning Communities Top Board Agenda
The International Technology Education Association's Board of Directors held its fall meeting in Baltimore, MD. The Board discussed strategic issues with potential impact on the profession and association in addition to taking care of other association...
How to Keep Your Program Relevant (and Standards-Based): We Must Demonstrate That Our Programs Are Relevant, Standards-Based, and Truly Beneficial to All Students
Technology education as a profession is in a tenuous situation. With budgets becoming increasingly tighter, schools across the country are forced to make tough decisions regarding which programs will be supported and which will not. If technology education...
ITEA Financial Report-Fiscal 2004
Important Comments Pertaining to the ITEA and FTE Financial Reports * The figures in this report reflect the financial year, which ended on June 30, 2004. A complete financial report is made to the ITEA/FTE Board of Directors/Trustees by the accounting...
National Center for Engineering and Technology Education: The Overall Impact of the NCETE Is to Strengthen the Nation's Capacity to Deliver Effective Engineering and Technology Education in the K-12 Schools
Background The National Science Foundation established the Centers for Learning and Teaching (CLT) program to address national needs in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce. NSF recognized two problems, the large...
Pluto or Bust!
Almost five billion years ago, our solar system began as a vast cloud of dust and gas. The cloud began to collapse. It flattened into a giant disk that rotated faster and faster, just as an ice skater spins faster as she brings her arms in close to...
The P.A.C.E.S. Grading Rubric: Creating a Student-Owned Assessment Tool for Projects: The Design Brief Brings out All Kinds of "Out of the Box" Thinking, with Many Correct Answers to Solve the Problem
With several years of teaching experience using an engineering-based curriculum for seventh and eighth grade technology education in an urban school district, I was frustrated that there was frequently a poor attitude about the aesthetic quality of...
Working It out by Hand: Construction as a Creative Act: Most Students Are More Creative in Their Solutions without Seeing Materials or Examples First
In the world of project execution, "design/build" is the convention. With its emphasis on the benefits of early involvement (integration of design, engineering execution, design-build, procurement, and construction decisions), it has become the dominant...