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. 73, No. 6, September

10 Teen Techs, See How They Learn
Most school administrators would be thrilled to have just one computer technician on the premises. Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Boston, Massachusetts, has 10. Each is an accomplished networker, installer and trainer. And recently, in its spare time,...
And the Top Honor Goes to Voc Ed
This summer agriculture teacher Ray Chelewski became the first vocational-technical educator ever to win Walt Disney's top teaching honor. He's glad to be recognized and he's proud for voc ed, but throughout the media frenzy that followed his award,...
An Educational Primer
FROM THE AMERICAN BUSINESS AND EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP BellSouth's motivation for supporting education is grounded in a sound business plan with themes of workforce development, economic development and education reform. We believe that an educated, skilled...
A New Name for AVA?
At its June meeting, the AVA Board of Directors voted to send a proposed name change for the association to the Assembly of Delegates for consideration. In December, the Assembly will be voting to approve or disapprove Association for Career and Technical...
AVA May Become ACTE
At its June meeting in New Orleans, AVA's Board of Directors proposed a bylaws amendment to change the name of AVA to the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). AVA's Assembly of Delegates will vote on the amendment at the association's...
Building Teams in the Classroom
Throughout history people have formed groups. Groups provide the basis for family living, protection, government, recreation and work. Group behavior ranges from total chaos to dramatic cohesion and success. It is increasingly evident that groups enjoy...
Facing the Firing Squad
Do you know what to do if suddenly you find your job in jeopardy? Attorneys who have defended teachers in employment cases have several pieces of advice--and one of them is to stay out of court. Picture yourself as a 30-year-old, veteran teacher....
Getting Wired for Learning
Forming a strong and diverse team and putting together a comprehensive technology game plan are key to smooth classroom implementation. It's important to think "big picture," but don't forget the details. Planning and implementing a comprehensive...
Greasing the Wheels
As students and teachers gear up for the start of the school year, Congress is winding down to a target adjournment in early October. Action in September will be anything but slow, however, as senators and representatives struggle to reach agreement...
How to Shine among 8,000
THERE ARE MORE THAN 1 3,OOO SCHOOL SITES REGISTERED ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB-MORE THAN 8,OOO IN THE UNITED STATES, ACCORDING TO WEB66, AN INTERNATIONAL WEB REGISTRY. HERE'S HOW TO MAKE YOURS A STANDOUT: Focus your content on news you can use. List the people...
It's Time for a Postsecondary Renaissance
Postsecondary institutions usually are the last training stop for students before they enter the workforce full time. This makes postsecondary schools-and especially community colleges-ideal partners for business, industry, government and community organizations....
Make Your Own Chip
This technology headline came across the Associated Press wire two days before this issue of Techniques went to press: "IBM Promises Faster Computer Chips." The report says "a special insulation layer between each transistor and the chips' silicon base...
Navigating the Techno-Classroom
Can all these wondrous new computer tools improve teaching and learning? Hard evidence is scanty, but anecdotes reveal why some educators are hooked on the promise of today's technology. "Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there...
NET Gain
This installment of NET Gain is a skill standards update. Skill standards remain vital to education and workforce development. Updated sources and new sites and publications have increased the amount of information available. The NCR VE Skill Standards...
New Standards, New Era for FACS
IN THIS REPORT After three years of hard work, FACS educators have completed a project to develop national standards for their discipline. This division report details the vision and mission of the standards, the standards themselves and how various...
Set Your Sites Here
www.americanbusinesspress.com Sponsored by the Product & Manufacturing Technology Committee of the American Business Press, this site has added a new page geared toward the needs of production and manufacturing professionals. Though it looks plain,...
So You Want Virtual Reality in Your School?
Virtual reality won't fool anyone unless you've got a computer that can present a believable experience to the user. But how much can a school afford for computing and interface equipment to create the greatest suspension of belief while challenging...
Spinning Schools onto the Web
Just a couple of years ago school sites on the World Wide Web may have been a novelty, but these days they're standard issue, experts say. More than 8,000 school sites are on the Web. Should yours be on the bandwagon? Asking whether vocational-technical...
The World Is Your Desktop
Public school budgets go through the wringer every spring. While the economy remains strong and tax dollars are flowing into the state coffers, many school administrators aren't seeing a proportionate amount of those dollars flowing toward public schools....
When Rural Reality Goes Virtual
As schools across the country turn to work-based learning to prepare students for careers, schools in rural towns face a dearth of businesses and distances often too great for students to conquer. But for a school in rural Ohio virtual reality technology...
Where the BLS Numbers Really Come From
In January the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its latest edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook--called "the bible in terms of job out look information" by a BLS project manager. But where do all those numbers come from? Here's the lowdown...
Why Teachers Must Be Career Counselors
"What do you want to be when you grow up?" Pose that question to a group of first graders and they'll quickly recite at least one if not multiple career visions. Their range of choices may be limited, but the sense of direction is sincere. ...