Academic journal article The Technology Teacher

Elementary Field Test Sites Needed for National Project. (You & ITEA)

Academic journal article The Technology Teacher

Elementary Field Test Sites Needed for National Project. (You & ITEA)

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Field test applicants for the National Science Foundation-funded project entitled Invention, Innovation, and Inquiry: Units for Technological Literacy, Grades 5-6 ([I.sup.3]) are currently being sought. Project activities include designing thematic units that develop technological literacy in students, Grades 5-6; developing teaching and learning resources based on selected technological and science literacy standards; and disseminating the units to teachers in training workshops and distance learning. Each unit will have standards-based content, suggested teaching approaches, and detailed learning activities including brainstorming, visualizing, testing, refining, and assessing technological designs. Students will learn how inventions, innovations, and systems are created and how technology becomes part of people's lives. The units will be based on Standards for Technological Literacy: Content for the Study of Technology (ITEA, 2000).

A great deal has been accomplished in the last year on this innovative project. Two units, "Inches, Feet and Hands," a unit dealing with the process of innovation, and "Invention Crusade" have been written, reviewed, and are currently being pilot-tested in three different states. These two units will each be field-tested in five schools this fall. Another five units dealing with communications, construction, energy, manufacturing, and transportation, are currently being written and will be pilot-tested in three schools in the fall of this year. After final revision they will be field-tested in spring 2003. …

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