The Technology Teacher

A peer-reviewed journal serving technology education professionals from elementary school to high school. Focuses on technology trends, education, and learning activities.

Articles from Vol. 65, No. 6, March

2006 Leaders to Watch
Those who have contributed to the technology education field for many years are known for their teaching, written work, presentations, research, and recognition received from professional groups. The selected individuals who are highlighted here have...
Calendar
March 3, 2006 This is the date for the Technology Education Association of Massachusetts (TEAM) conference. Visit www.awrsd.org/team/for details. March 9-10, 2006 The 37th Annual Wisconsin Technology Education Association Conference 8 Trade...
Engineering a Backpack: This Activity Integrates Technology (Manufacturing, Mechanical Engineering) Art, and Science, for Students in Grades K to 12
Context Every student uses a backpack of some sort. In the context of school, backpacks provide a means of transport for books, notebooks, and other school-related items. Backpacks come in all shapes and sizes and are constantly being improved in...
Green Acres: Turfgrass Production: Turfgrass Sod Reduces the Time and Effort Required to Establish Aesthetically Pleasing Lawns and Playing Fields
Green lawns are comforting to those who live in or visit urban areas. These green spaces also reduce glare, absorb carbon dioxide, and produce oxygen. Lawns are composed of turfgrasses. A turfgrass cover can assist the visual quality of homes and buildings....
Publications of Interest
The International Technology Education Studies (ITES) is a new series of publications being developed for the field of technology education. Technology education has gone through many changes in the past decades. It has developed from a craft-oriented...
Quick Projects Run Fast and Encourage Speedy Decisions: The Phases of the Project Need to Be Complete, and Designers Need to Have an Understanding and Empathy for Their User Regardless of the Project Budget or Schedule
Quick projects are defined by their two- to three-week schedule and their defined focus. They are injected into industrial design course work as an effective means to examine a particular design issue or practice a problem-solving technique. The quick...
Signals, Transducers, and Modulation: A Wireless Design Challenge: The Student-Designed Transducers in My Classes Have Successfully Incorporated a Wide Range of Materials, Such as Fabric or Paper Stretched across Picture Frames and Wire Loops
In this age of cell phones, digital television, and satellite radio, we easily forget that information and energy must undergo complex transformations to enable real-time wireless communication. This article describes a practical and proven design...
Technological Literacy Standards Resources: A National Science Foundation-Funded Project Was Completed in 2004 That Evaluated Middle School Books in the U.S. That Were Based on the Technological Literacy Standards
Creating programs and curricular offerings that are standards-based (1) is a worthwhile goal that can best be achieved by using the many and varied resources available to educators and others. This article describes several such resources. ITEA...
The Diversity Imperative: Insights from Colleagues: At the Professional Level, Technology Education's Diversity Demographics Are Disproportionate to the General Population
When the author taught middle school, many of the students who were failing in traditional classes would come alive in technology class. These included girls and minorities. With technology education providing such wonderful opportunities for learning,...

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