Academic journal article The Technology Teacher

Looking Back; Looking Ahead

Academic journal article The Technology Teacher

Looking Back; Looking Ahead

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Next month marks my ten-year anniversary with ITEA. Naturally, such a milestone provides an opportunity for reflection. For a full decade I've been a witness to the field of technology education and have come to the realization that, while certain aspects change and evolve with lightning speed, others rarely change at all.

Let's face it; this field is a moving target. It's an enormous challenge to keep up with constant innovations, a shifting political landscape, and the advent of new measures such as NCLB. Yet, ITEA members have done an outstanding job of assisting one another in trying to stay on the cutting edge of all this information as it hurtles towards us--through The Technology Teacher as well as through more immediate communications options such as the IdeaGarden listserv.

This brings me to my second point: that while some portions of the field are ever-changing, there is one aspect that remains steadfastly the same--the feeling of "community" among ITEA members. Over the past decade, I've been touched and impressed on numerous occasions by the dedication, selflessness, and deeply held beliefs of teachers and teacher educators in the field.

So it is with a keen sense of responsibility each summer that we undertake plans to "roll out" each new publishing year of this journal. …

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