Technology and Children

A quarterly journal dedicated to teaching technology in elementary schools. Articles provide practical and creative ideas and activities for the elementary classroom teacher. Reports on interdisciplinary learning program successes, and other current issue

Articles from Vol. 7, No. 2, December

A Dozen Eggs and a Concrete Block or How to Avoid Becoming an Omelet
When industrial designers embark on a project, they must always consider human factors or ergonomics. These are the elements dealing with the appropriateness of a design relative to fit, safety, and ease Qf use. The safety of the user of a product is...
A Dozen Eggs and a Concrete Block or How to Avoid Becoming an Omelet: When Industrial Designers Embark on a Project, They Must Always Consider Human Factors or Ergonomics. These Are the Elements Dealing with the Appropriateness of a Design Relative to Fit, Safety, and Ease of Use. (IDSA)
The safety of the user of a product is always a major consideration in any project, be it the interior of an aircraft or a simple can opener. As designers work through a project, they must test their designs with focus groups and test users as described...
A Place to Invent: An Elementary Engineering Lab!
Introduction If the students of today are to think, make judgments, and take action as the adults of tomorrow, they must be well taught in both factual knowledge and the ability to acquire knowledge independently. Children are naturally curious and eager...
A Place to Invent: An Elementary Engineering Lab! (Activity)
Introduction If the students of today are to think, make judgments, and take action as the adults of tomorrow, they must be well taught in both factual knowledge and the ability to acquire knowledge independently. Children are naturally curious...
A Rolling Tool Cart - Perfect for the Elementary Classroom
Introduction One problem that many elementary schools have when they choose to use technology education projects as curriculum integrators involves tools and facilities. While the optimal choice would be to have a technology education area in every classroom...
A Rolling Tool Cart-Perfect for the Elementary Classroom. (Activity)
Introduction One problem that many elementary schools have when they choose to use technology education projects as curriculum integrators involves tools and facilities. While the optimal choice would be to have a technology education area in every...
A Safety Check! (Quick Activities)
Grade Level: 2-5 Time: 45 minutes Introduction Look around your room. How many objects do you see that have safety features built in as part of the design? Even simple items such as the classroom pencil sharpener, the chairs and desk you use,...
Editorial: Putting the Spotlight on Safety!
Safety is a constant concern to all of us, whether we're talking personal safety, environmental safety, Web safety, school safety, fire safety, or transportation safety to name a few. So this issue of the Technologyand Children journal is putting the...
Exploring the Baby Universe
Oops! If only you had seen that pothole in the road before the front tire of your bike fell into it. You could have avoided flying over the handlebars and landing on your head! (Thank goodness you were wearing your helmet!) Accidents happen very fast....
Exploring the Baby Universe. (the Space Place: Exploring the Baby Universe)
Oops! If only you had seen that pothole in the road before the front tire of your bike fell into it. You could have avoided flying over the handlebars and landing on your head! (Thank goodness you were wearing your helmet!) Accidents happen very fast....
Fire at the Triangle Factory
Book Littlefield, H. (1996). Fire at the Triangle Factory. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books. [48 pages; ISBN 0-87614-970-0] Summary of Book This fictional story is based on a tragic real-life event-the devastating 1911 fire that took the lives of 146 workers...
Fire House Tech! (Quick Activities)
Grade level: kindergarten and up Time: One 30-50 minute period for research and design (Another period if model making is added.) Introduction Every kid learns about fire safety and prevention, but fighting fires has become a very high-tech...
Message from the President of TECC. (TECC)
Wow! I just got back from the most amazing conference! Seventy-four people attended an elementary-school technology education conference--on a school night! Diane Novak, the principal of Highland Park Elementary in Manchester, Connecticut, hosted the...
Putting the Spotlight on Safety! (Editorial)
Safety is a constant concern to all of us, whether we're talking personal safety, environmental safety, Web safety, school safety, fire safety, or transportation safety to name a few. So this issue of the Technology and Children journal is putting...
Quick Activities
Fire House Tech! Grade level: Kindergarten and up Time: One 30-50 minute period for research and design (Another period if model making is added.) Introduction Every kid learns about fire safety and prevention, but fighting fires has become a very high-tech...
Safety on the Way to School: An Integrated Technology and Math Activity
Introduction Here's a two-part activity for Grades 1-2 that will heighten your students' awareness of the different technologies that help keep them safer as they travel to and from school, whether walking or riding in a car or bus. It will also help...
Safety on the Way to School: An Integrated Technology and Math Activity. (Activity)
Introduction Here's a two-part activity for Grades 1-2 that will heighten your students' awareness of the different technologies that help keep them safer as they travel to and from school, whether walking or riding in a car or bus. It will also...
Safety Web Links
Safety is a hot topic right now. Whether you are addressing fire safety, bike safety, tool safety, personal safety, or living safely in space, the Web Links we selected are a few of the best with information related to safety. All of the sites have related...
Safety Web Links: Safety Is a Hot Topic Right Now. Whether You Are Addressing Fire Safety, Bike Safety, Tool Safety, Personal Safety, or Living Safely in Space, the Web Links We Selected Are a Few of the Best with Information Related to Safety. All of the Sites Have Related Links to Other Sites So You Can Research Any Area in Great Depth. (Web Links)
If you are looking for safety issues related to a specific topic, use a search engine such as Yahooligans, Yahoo, or Google to find the topic and then refine your search for safety within the topic. Let's start with one that applies directly to...
Teaching Reading, Writing, and Systems through the Context of Safety
Safety systems take many forms. They range in complexity from very simple, manually operated systems to very complex, automated systems. A system is a group of parts working together to achieve a goal. The system parts usually include inputs, processes,...
Teaching Reading, Writing, and Systems through the Context of Safety. (Article/Activity)
Safety systems take many forms. They range in complexity from very simple, manually operated systems to very complex, automated systems. Home Safety Systems Most accidents occur at home because households do not have formal safety programs that...
Unsafe Bromsticks
Book Rowling, J.K. (1997). Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. New York, NY: Scholastic Inc. [309 pages; ISBN: 0-590-04513-X] Summary of Book Harry Potter was born a magical being, the strongest wizard known and the only one who could stand up to...