Techniques

This magazine has news on legislative affecting career and technical education, features on issues and program, profiles of educators and notices of new products.

Articles from Vol. 72, No. 7, October

A 10-Minute Lesson in Technology Grant Writing
Developing a technology program can mean big spending-and most schools don't have deep pockets. Seeking a grant may be the answer, but first you need to know how to prepare your proposal and where to look for the money. Educators often are frustrated...
A Counseling Conversion
Career advising is making a comeback in high schools as counselors rethink their roles in the lives of students. "He was an unhappy young man holding a low-wage and - in his mind - a dead-end job. He saw little hope for the future. At age 28, during...
A Glimpse of Possibilities
Our schools are populated by multimedia learners. From their toddler years on, most children in America have spent thousands of hours watching TV and videos, and playing video and computer games. As a result of this stimulation, our students are "wired"...
An Upgrade for Learning
Bored and frustrated, many of America's students have given up on the old ways of learning. A new program at the Summit County Educational Service Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, has piqued the interest of teachers and students in making technology an...
ASCA Sets National Counseling Standards
The way Nancy Perry sees it, Sputnik was the culprit that set the U.S. school counseling system askew. In the 1950s, when the Russian space program's successes spurred the U.S. to pump more federal funds into education, counselors had to follow a new...
Degree by E-Mail
Western states form alliance to deliver postsecondary education over the Internet Jeffrey Livingston is driving through Colorado and talking into his car phone, telling a reporter on the East Coast about the Western Governors University, a "virtual...
Does Your Technology Deliver?
To qualify for telecommunications discounts, schools must have a long-range plan that ties technology to student achievement. School districts throughout the United States have spent billions on technology over the past 10 years, yet little about the...
Grass-Roots Victories
AVA members are reaching new heights in grass-roots action. By sending clear, well-informed messages to Congress, we are making progress in improving legislative proposals for vocationaltechnical education. AVA members have been active on several fronts,...
Keeping Pace with Workplace Trends
Trends in the changing workplace have created employment practices that have implications for career development. Company downsizing, early retirement buyouts and the growing use of outsourcing has led some people to fear that full-time employment will...
Look out for Distance Learning
IT'S OUT THERE. SOMEWHERE BETWEEN YOUR VCR AND YOUR MODEM THERE IS A GROWING TREND IN EDUCATION - DISTANCE LEARNING. MORE THAN 1,000 EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS IN THE UNITED STATES NOW OFFER SOME TYPE OF DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAM, ACCORDING TO THE COLLEGE...
NET Gain
Welfare-to-work has been a hot topic on Capitol Hill recently. A key issue is what kind of vocational training and how much of that training counts as "work" to comply with the federal guidelines for welfare reform. This installment of "NET Gain" offers...
Online, Off-Track
As schools spend more on technology, they're budgeting even less for training teachers to use it effectively. Experts warn that training is the one area educators can't afford to overlook. Public schools are spending millions on educational technology,...
On the Road with 20 Teenagers
GRADUATE SCHOOL WON'T PREPARE YOU FOR EVERYTHING YOU'LL ENCOUNTER AS A NEW VOCATIONAL TEACHER - A VSO ADVISER ROLE MAY COME WITH THE JOB. BEYOND WEEKLY MEETINGS AND FUND-RAISERS, WILL YOU BE READY TO TAKE A GROUP OF TEENAGERS ON A ROAD TRIP? You're...
On the Vegas Marquee: Leonard Nimoy at AVA
It's a can't-miss package: warm December weather, glitzy casinos, live entertainment, Mr. Spock, Elvis impersonators, chicken soup for the soul and stimulating professional education. This year Las Vegas plays host to the American Vocational Association's...
Preparing Teachers for Technology
Preparing Teachers for Technology All the mind-boggling and time-consuming work that goes into creating any kind of technology program loses all value if your teachers are not prepared to support it. A close partner of the NEW program at the Summit County...
Professional Post
SCHOLARSHIP HELP-The U.S. Commission for Scholastic Assistance provides a free list of potential college scholarship sources. The list includes addresses, application deadlines, summaries about the scholarships and how much the scholarship can award....
Proposed Bylaws Changes
Three amendments have been submitted to the Bylaws Committee for consideration and vote by the AVA Assembly of Delegates at the annual convention in Las Vegas on Sunday, December 14, at 10:30 a.m. All three amendments relate to membership categories....
Re-Tool or Die
Vocational-technical educators show manufacturing employers they're serious about overhauling outdated programs and doing what it takes to solve a skilled worker shortage. Last year Wisconsin employers plastered a Milwaukee Area Technical College placement...
Revitalizing a Welding Program
Several years ago the welding program at Mid-Del Lewis Eubanks Area Vo-Tech in Midwest City, Oklahoma, took a turn for the better. The program's continued success proves that its three-part strategy works. And not only is it simple, it's inexpensive....
Smart Cars Need Smart Techs
In the middle of a rosy speech he was delivering to U.S. automobile dealers two years ago, General Motors Chairman Jack Smith switched gears to highlight a major concern - the lack of skilled technicians to service all the "rolling computers" on the...
Techno Challenges
As many of the articles in Techniques this month indicate, the use of technology in the classroom is an issue of vital importance to vocational educators and our programs. Surveys report that technology is used more often in vocational classes than in...
Technology Data Breakdown
It's all over the place - news, updates, statistics - a flood of information about technology. Soon the words Internet, e-mail, World Wide Web begin to run together. So here's a concise display of some of the technology data most important to educators....
Technology Data Breakdown
It's all over the place-news, updates, statistics-a flood of information about technology Soon the words Internet, e-mail, World Wide Web begin to run together. So here's a concise display of some of the technology data most important to educators. Also,...
The Perspectives of Technology Education
As busy professionals we can lose track of our everyday impact as educators at times. Technology education is flourishing in this age of surfing the Internet and distance learning, but we also must remember the basics of effective curriculum. Members...
What to Do in Las Vegas Absolutely Free
Las Vegas is an attractive convention city. The convention center is a first-rate facility. There are plenty of rooms for convention goers. December weather usually is pleasant. And after each day of sessions on integrated curriculum, quality program...