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 Thomsen with the American Gaming Association says that, not only has the casino part of the hospitality business grown dramatically,...
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...
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 state. For 15 years Weeks taught business marketing education. She now...
A Serious Game of Success: At Maryland's Washington County Technical High, Students Are Not Just Playing Around-They Are Learning Skills That Will Help Them Win in the Game of Life
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, Virginia, is an award-winning team of high school students actively involved with FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a multinational nonprofit organization...
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 Attendees Troy 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 Yearlong 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 IN ACTE'S high school reform position statement is to create a positive school culture that stresses personalization in relationships. In many communities, traditional social bonds are weakening, and today's youth need positive...
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 Responsibility
Imagine what a gambling addict looks like. If the mind's eye pictures anything other than a panorama of human life--including the face gracing the mirror every morning--it's wrong. Identified by the American Psychiatric Association in its Diagnostic...
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...
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...
How to ... Select a Planning and Design Consultant: A Series 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 important step toward defining future direction for your institution or district. The article, titled "How to Prepare a Facilities...
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 in building such relationships is making a connection, and that is what effective marketing...
Simple Games ... or Are They? Incorporating Math into Career and Technical Education Is Important, but That Doesn't Mean It Can't 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 most people can image, but let's stop and think about some simple games. They may seem easy at the beginning,...
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....
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
SET 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 program has trained...

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