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. 84, No. 1, January

2008 Annual Report to Members Changes: President's Message
It never ceases to amaze me what can transpire in a year; and 2008 was no exception. What did get my attention in 2008, however, was the monumental change that occurred during the year and the impact it has had on how we view the world, how we perceive...
An Interview with Mike Rowe
Mike Rowe, host of the Discovery Channel series "Dirty Jobs," talks with ACTE about his show and celebrating a skilled workforce. Each week, Rowe serves as an apprentice to hardworking men and women who do difficult, dangerous and dirty jobs. His experiences...
A STEM Brainstorm at NASA
LEADING EDUCATORS TOSSAROUNDIDEAS FORAHRACTING TOP STUDENTS INTO SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH FIELDS"I WANNA BE AN ASTRONAUT WHEN » GROW UP" was a common refrain from children in the 1970s, 80s and 90s, and it might have given the U.S. space...
A STEM Brainstorm at NASA: Leading Educators Toss around Ideas for Attracting Top Students into Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Fields
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "I WANNA BE AN ASTRONAUT WHEN I GROW UP" was a common refrain from children in the 1970s, 80s and 90s, and it might have given the U.S. space program leaders a false sense of security that an endless line of well-qualified...
Can Web 2.0 Improve Our Collaboration?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The overhead projector was invented in 1944, but it was not until the 1960s that it became a mainstay in classrooms across the country. Some of the most senior members of our profession who are reading this article may remember...
Changing the Landscape of Teacher Education Via Online Teaching and Learning
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Technological advances in every aspect of today's society create a forum for us, teacher educators, to reexamine existing instructional methods in higher education. Daily lives of our students heavily rely on the use of computers...
Creating a Successful Academic Climate for Urban Students
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Teaching students in the inner city has been likened to hugging a porcupine--teachers nudge them toward success while getting pricked along the way. Many urban students perform below proficiency level and are difficult to...
Developing Technical Skill Assessments
THERE HAS BEEN VIGOROUS DEBATE REGARDING THE MERITS OF VARIOUS ASSESSMENT APPROACHESAND ALTERNATIVES TO NATIONAL OR INDUSTRY EXAMS. THE ENTIRE FIELD IS WORKING HARDTOINCREASETHE FOCUS ON TECHNICAL SKILL MEASUREMENT IN ORDER TO PROVIDE CLEAR EVIDENCE...
Developing Technical Skill Assessments: There Has Been Vigorous Debate regarding the Merits of Various Assessment Approaches and Alternatives to National or Industry Exams. the Entire Field Is Working Hard to Increase the Focus on Technical Skill Measurement in Order to Provide Clear Evidence That CTE Provides a Unique Value to Students
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ONE OF THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES FACING THE CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE) COMMUNITY AS IT WORKS TO IMPLEMENT THE 2006 PERKINS ACT is responding to more rigorous requirements for reporting on CTE students' technical skill...
E-Connect
CTE PROFESSIONALS KNOW THAT WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT WILL PLAY A MAJOR ROLE IN STABILIZING THE U.S. ECONOMY. In these trying economic times, you can easily keep up with workforce development news and trends with the following online resources.Workforce...
Environmental Science Technician
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE TECHNICIANS PERFORM ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENTS, INVESTIGATE SOURCES OF POLLUTION, AND COLLECT ENVIRONMENTAL SAMPLES THAT MAY INCLUDE GASES, SOIL, WATER AND OTHER MATERIALS. They may work under the direction of a scientist or an environmental...
High School Child Development Courses Provide a Valuable Apprenticeship
PARENTING INSTRUCTION, A RESPONSIBIUTY THAT HAD PREVIOUSLY RESTED IN THE HOME, HAS BECOME PART OF EDUCATIONAL CURRICULA.THE CURRENT MEDIA ARE LADEN WITH REPORTS OF THE MANY SIGNIFICANT PROBLEMS FACING TODAY'S YOUTH. In fact, parenting has become a national...
High School Child Development Courses Provide a Valuable Apprenticeships: Parenting Instruction, a Responsibility That Had Previously Rested in the Home, Has Become Part of Educational Curricula
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE CURRENT MEDIA ARE LADEN WITH REPORTS OF THE MANY SIGNIFICANT PROBLEMS FACING TODAY'S YOUTH. In fact, parenting has become a national topic of discussion. Today's parents are inundated with advice on how to address, intervene...
Management by Walking Around
IN THE 1970S, WHEN THEIR COMPANY BEGAN GROWING, BILL HEWLETT AND DAVE PACKARD CREATED A MANAGEMENT STYLE that influenced a number of technology companies that followed. The Hewlett-Packard (HP) style included a technique that became known as "management...
SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT: Pamlico Community College
PAMLICO COMMUNITY COLLEGE (PCC) BEGAN AS AN INDUSTRIAL EDUCATION CENTER IN 1962, BUT IN 1971 IT GAINED INITIAL ACCREDITATION by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and became Pamlico Technical College. Today, PCC is a fully accredited two-...
State Secondary CTE Standards (Part 1)
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN MANY PARTS OF THE COUNTRY, TECHNICAL SKILL STANDARDS FOR CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE) HAVE EXISTED FOR A LONG TIME. IN OTHERS, THE WORK OF DEVELOPING STANDARDS IS UNDER WAY. More states are realizing that having...
State Secondary CTE Standards (Part 1)
IN MANY PARTS OF THE COUNTRY, TECHNICAL SKILL STANDARDS FOR CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE) HAVE EXISTED FOR A LONG TIME. IN OTHERS, THE WORK OF DEVELOPING STANDARDS IS UNDER WAY. More states are realizing that having CTE standards is important...
Teaching Safety in the Classroom
CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE) PROFESSIONALS OF ALL STRIPES ARE WELL AWARE OF THE NEED FOR PROPER SAFETY PRECAUTIONS DURING INSTRUCTION. After all, career skills are great, but they can only take someone so far without proper appreciation for...
Time to Be Resolute about the Value of CTE
JANUARY--A TIME OF RENEWAL AND HOPE. A time when most of us traditionally make resolutions to change or improve something. Resolutions always look to the future and seek positive outcomes. With this in mind, it only makes sense that career and technical...
Transforming the Classroom for Collaborative Learning in the 21st Century
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Today's hyper-connected students live in a world of instant interpersonal communications and virtually infinite access to information and educational resources. But this networked world, and the powerful learning tools it...
Using Technology to Advocate for CTE
ADVOCATING IS TRICKY STUFF. SOMETIMES YOU UNDERSTAND AN ISSUE, BUT HAVE LITTLE TIME TO ACTUALLY DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. Other times you know you should act, but you just don't understand the nuances of the issue or how it affects you at the local level....
Using Technology to Enhance an Automotive Program
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The PowerPoint curriculum itself is a gift of technology. The instructor is able to use still and video photography to enhance presentations using videos and photos he has created for his students. The use of projection systems,...
What You Need to Know about Web 2.0
Web 2.0 is a term that is heard in the media, in the boardroom and increasingly in schools. But what is it, and is it more than a buzzword? Also known as the read/write or participatory Web, Web 2.0 includes such tools as blogs, podcasts, forums, wikis...
What You Need to Know About: Web 20
Web 2.0 is a term that is heard in the media, in the boardroom and increasingly in schools. But what is it, and is it more than a buzzword? Also known as the read/write or participatory Web, Web 2.0 includes such tools as blogs, podcasts, forums, wikis...
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