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. 81, No. 8, November/December

A Career That Is PLAYING TO WIN
GAMING IS ONE AREA OF THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY THAT HAS EXPERIENCED INCREDIBLE GROWTH ALONG WITH THE NEED FOR WELL-TRAINED EMPLOYEES.As the gaming industry has expanded throughout the United States, job opportunities have grown along with revenue. Holly...
Accountability Measures Create Collaboration Incentive
PERHAPS THE MOST CHALLENGING COMPONENTS of the new Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 are the changes the law requires regarding accountability and program improvement. While the 1998 law focused its accountability...
ACTE Webcast Series Provides Useful Ideas
In October, ACTE launched its inaugural Webcast Series. This series is dedicated to providing career and technical educators with practical ideas on how to improve their classrooms, schools and districts.The first Webcast took place on October 3 with...
Agent of Change
ADMINISTRATOR WORKS TO STRENGTHEN BUSINESS MARKETING EDUCATION IN ALABAMA.WHEN LISA WEEKS MADE THE TRANSITION FROM teacher to administrator, she wanted to do her small part in helping bring about the positive changes career-tech is experiencing in her...
A Serious Game of Success
More than 70 businesses in Maryland produce computer and video game products. According to Digital Game Forecast, positions in the video game industry such as game designers, producers, artists, character animators, video and audio engineers, software...
Beyond Robotics
ENGINEERING STUDENTS IN A CHANTILLY, VIRGINIA, CAREER ACADEMY PROGRAM ARE LEARNING MORE THAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. THEY ARE LEARNING HOW TO TRULY MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THEIR COMMUNITY.CHANTILLY HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMY Robotics Team Number 612 from Chantilly,...
Cell Phones in the Classroom
YOU HAVE WORKED HARD ON YOUR LESSON PLAN, and your students actually appear to be listening closely to your words of wisdom, when suddenly a cell phone starts playing one of the latest hip hop songs. It wouldn't really matter if it was Mozart; in either...
Convention Details
Justesen to Address AttendeesTroy Justesen, assistant secretary for the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) at the U.S. Department of Education, will address attendees at ACTE's Annual Convention and Career Tech Expo in Atlanta in November....
Create a Positive School Culture That Stresses Personalization in Relationships
THIS ARTICLE IS THE THIRD IN A YEAR LONG SERIES THAT WILL MORE CLOSELY EXAMINE THE RECOMMENDATIONS MADE IN ACTE'S HIGH SCHOOL REFORM POSITION STATEMENT AND HIGHLIGHT BEST PRACTICES FOR IMPLEMENTING EACH OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS.THE THIRD RECOMMENDATION...
Education for the Other Side of Gaming
WHILE FUELING THE ECONOMY, GAMING'S GROWTH CAN ALSO FUEL HIDDEN ADDICTION, BUT EDUCATORS OF PROGRAMS SUCH AS FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES AND HEALTH OCCUPATIONS CAN TEACH ABOUT THE DANGERS AND ABOUT THE RESPONSIBILTY.Imagine what a gambling addict looks...
Forest Technician
FOREST TECHNICIANS COMPILE DATA ON THE SIZE, content and condition of forest land tracts. Working under the supervision of a forester, they may perform tasks such as measuring timber, supervising harvesting operations, assisting in road building operations,...
Game's On
AS THE CAREER-TECH FIELD IS UNDERGOING CHANGE, SO TOO IS THE gaming industry. As educators we must keep abreast of those changes because educating those interested in entering the industry is not all fun and games-it's serious business. The gaming industry...
Habitat for Humanity: Learning beyond the Classroom
THIS YEAR DURING THE APRIL SCHOOL VACATION, a group of 20 students and four chaperones from Pathfinder Regional Vocational-Technical High School in Palmer, Massachusetts, devoted their time to helping others instead of just enjoying the springtime sun...
How to . . . Select a Planning and Design Consultant
A SERlES ON HOW TO IMPROVE ENVIRONMENTS FOR LEARNING CONTINUES WITH GUIDANCE ON SELECTING AND HIRING AN ARCHITECT OR PLANNER.IN THE LAST EDITION OF TECHNIQUES, WE outlined the process for creating a facilities master plan-the first, and perhaps most...
Making the Connection
CONNECTING TO YOUR COMMUNITY CAN BE THE FIRST STEP ON THE ROAD TO BECOMING ENROLLMENT RICH.ENROLLMENT MARKETING IS NOT JUST ABOUT enrollment; it is about creating relationships and serving your community or target audience for many years. The first step...
News Clips
"Vo-tech schools renew focus on academics"-The News Journal (DE) September 5, 2006The face of career and technical education (CTE) is changing, according to The News Journal. "Once stereotyped as the place school administrators funneled low-achieving...
Product Showcase
EQUIPMENTTool to evaluate performance of dragstersThis new tool from PITSCO collects data and reveals the true performance of CO^sub 2^ dragsters. Designing and building a CO^sub 2^ dragster is a classic activity that students use to learn acceleration,...
Simple Games . . . or Are They?
INCORPORATING MATH INTO CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION IS IMPORTANT, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN IT CANT BE FUN.Students today begin using computers and playing video games as early as two years old. The technology behind these games is more complicated than...
Speaking Successfully
SOME STUDIES HAVE APPARENTLY FOUND THAT many people fear public speaking more than they do death. This led Jerry Seinfeld to conclude famously that at a funeral, there are those who would rather be the person in the coffin than the one giving the eulogy.As...
The Ripple Effect: An Integration of CTE into K-12 Curricula
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO BEGIN TEACHING CAREER and technical education (CTE), and how should it be integrated into the classroom? Although these two questions can lead to much debate, I have found some research that provides some adequate and logical...
The SUNY-ESF Ranger School
SCHOOL SPOTLIGHTSET ON 2,800 ACRES OF FORESTLAND IN THE Adirondack Mountains, is the SUNY-ESF Ranger School, an associate degree-granting campus of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. The forest technology...
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