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. 3, November

Five ITEA Gallup Poll Questions That Will Improve Instruction: The ITEA Gallup Poll Has Allowed Students at This School to Gain a Much Broader View of What Technology and Design Are
The International Technology Education Association (ITEA) commissioned the Gallup Organization in the spring of 2001 to research American citizens' knowledge and attitudes about technological literacy (Dugger & Rose, 2002). Technology is important...
Global Warming: If You Can't Stand the Heat: All of the Top Ten Warmest Years on Record Have Occurred since 1990
Introduction In the early 1980s scientists began raising concerns about global warming and climate changes. Initially these concerns about human-induced climate changes were met with skepticism because there are natural cycles of climate changes...
Information for State Supervisors
The International Technology Education Association (ITEA) is pleased to announce publication of four new addenda on implementing standards-based technology programs, curricula, professional development of teachers, and student assessment. These addenda...
Museum of Science Builds National Center for Technological Literacy (NCTL)
Research indicates that most Americans don't understand the technologies that surround them--the products and systems designed to fill a specific need. From water filtration to wheelchairs, from pens to PDAs, people use technology, often without fully...
NSTEP Launches Initiative to Advance Science and Technology Education in Elementary Schools
The National Science & Technology Education Partnership (NSTEP), the leading education foundation for the U.S. high-tech industry, has launched the Youth Exploring Technology Initiative, designed to improve science and technology education. Through...
Opportunities of Interest
Each year ITEA receives information about contests and competitions that might be of interest to K-12 technology education teachers. Here are just a few: * Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF). Students can win scholarships...
Passing the Torch by Passing on a Skill: Passing the Torch to the Next Generation Is the Intrinsic Reward for Dedicated Technology Teachers. but How to Spark Creativity While Teaching the Basic Skills That Underpin Tomorrow's Innovators?
Motivating students to master the basics in any field is a demanding task. In technical education, while the direct benefit--almost certain, well-paying employment--is obvious, the challenge is to keep students' interest high. Absent that, the technical...
Seven Secrets for Teachers to Survive in an Age of School Reform: The Single Most Important Factor to Your Success Is to Get the Principal to Understand That You Can Help All Students Learn and Achieve at Higher Levels!
Just when you thought it was safe to come out of the classroom, teachers hear those two words that instantly spread fear throughout the faculty--"School Reform." The words spread like wildfire--and the faculty lounge talk turns to gloom and doom. A...
Technological Literacy Standards: Practical Answers and Next Steps: There Is a Door to the Future That Could Open onto a Technologically Literate Citizenry
In October 2005, the Technology for All Americans Project (TfAAP) came to an end, having far exceeded its goals. TfAAP delivered a philosophical basis of the need for technological literacy (ITEA, 1996); content, student assessment, professional development,...
Technology in the Standards of Other School Subjects: Is the Real Value of Standards for Technological Literacy That It Demonstrates How We Connect to Other School Subjects?
Background According to Standards for Technological Literacy (STL; ITEA, 2000/ 2002), technology education can play an important role in integrating the subjects of the K-12 curriculum. In fact, STL, developed with a "cross-disciplinary perspective,"...
Visual Storyboarding Provides a Conceptual Bridge from Research to Development: Students Can Imagine the Results of Their Decision Making, and Their Prioritization of the Many Facets of the Design Problem Will Facilitate the Development of a Strong Final Solution
Industrial Design students are hardworking, ambitious, get-the-job-done sort of people. They conduct Industrial Design research that defines the user, the intended market, the required function, and appropriate image. This plethora of information is...