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. 65, No. 7, April

Calendar
April 6-9, 2006 The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Convention will be held in Anaheim, CA. Information is available at http://ecommerce.nsta.org. April 7-8, 2006 The Ohio Technology Education Association (OTEA) will...
Donations Available from NASA and the U.S. Government
The Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980, amended April 1996, allows the Federal Government to donate technical and/or scientific property to educational institutions or nonprofit organizations for conducting technical and scientific...
Engineering a Drug-Delivery Device: This Activity Integrates Technology (Biomedical Engineering) and Science, for Students in Grades 5 to 12
What is drug delivery? Briefly, drug delivery is a method used to administer medication to a source. In most cases this source is humans or animals. When people get sick, they take medicine to get better. Medicine comes in all forms and sizes, such...
Five Good Reasons for Engineering Design as the Focus for Technology Education: In My 25+ Years as an Educator in This Field, I Have Rarely Discussed My Profession with Individuals Who Have an Accurate Understanding of Our Educational Purpose
In this paper, the author will seek to identify and explain the primary rationale for having the field of technology education direct its focus on engineering design. The basis of this proposal stems from a combination of observations made over a 25-year...
ITEA Celebrates 20 Years with NCATE: This Type of Public Recognition of the Importance of Professional Accreditation in Teacher Preparation Has Only Occurred Because of the Hard Work of Those Involved in Building the Structure and Stature of NCATE over the Past Two Decades-Including ITEA Members
This year ITEA celebrates its 20th anniversary as a member organization of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). NCATE, the teaching profession's accrediting body, was founded as a non-profit, non-governmental accrediting...
Keeping Joy in Technology Education: The Attitude of the Teacher about the Topic, the Classroom Environment, the Students, and Technology in General Will Significantly Influence the Attitude of the Students
Introduction What makes an individual passionate about what he or she does? What fans the flames of interest? What sparks the spirit to learn and grow? One would hope that for the majority of young people, some aspect of their public school experience...
Reengineering Activities in K-8 Classrooms: Focus on Formative Feedback: Wouldn't It Be Nice If Rosalinda and Elisa, Having Learned from Observing All of the Tests, Could Redesign and Rebuild Their Bridge?
Standing at the front of the room, Rosalinda and Elisa are nervous. Their whole class is present today, the Friday before April vacation, and every other third grader in the room is looking at them. This will be the ninth and final time this morning...
Setting Up a Modular Computer Lab with Limited Resources: With a Little Bit of Imagination and Ingenuity, Laboratories Can Be Created with Domestic-Grade, Hand-Me-Down, or Refurbished Equipment at Very Little Cost
Introduction Recent technological developments in information and communication technology are adding new dimensions to the strategies and instructional tools available for teaching and learning. Technological systems that are controlled by a computer...
The Grasping Device Project: Breaking the Pattern to Benefit the Students: Students Do Learn as Much from the Struggle as from the Success
Industrial Design curriculum is constructed to prepare students to enter, challenge, and achieve success within the professional practice. This is achieved by constructing projects that address specific issues and methods that are germane to the successful...
The Impact Model: We Must Help [Students] Acquire the Ability to Make Critical Decisions about the World They Live in and the Technologies That Will Impact Their Lives
Technology education has new requirements for tomorrow's leaders and workers. Not only do we, as teachers, need to educate ourselves and our students about new and existing technological systems that support our society, we must emphasize the impact,...