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. 2, October

2006 ITEA Conference "Designed World" Tours
ITEA March 23-25 2006 Baltimore About the "Designed World" Tours Program--One major content area within Standards for Technology Literacy is "The Designed World." The focus is on the application of technology in enterprise models to produce and...
Christopher Columbus Awards Celebrate Tenth Year
As it kicks off its tenth anniversary year, the Christopher Columbus Awards, a free awards program that challenges middle school students to explore opportunities for positive change in their communities, announces the program's Call for Entries for...
From IDSA: Preschool Toy Design Project as a Transition to More Complex Design Projects: Students Experience the ... Premise That Larger, More Complex Problems Are Not Different from Smaller, Basic Problems
Sophomore year is an intense introduction into the theories and skills germane to the profession of Industrial Design. Design projects will address one to three design elements at a time to promote understanding and manipulation of concepts, such as:...
Innovation, TIDE Teachers, and the Global Economy: The Direct Ability of a TIDE Education to Create Investors and Innovators Is Simply Overlooked and Underestimated
The National Innovation Initiative (NII) defines innovation as "the intersection of invention and insight, leading to the creation of social and economic value." Innovation has been fundamental in exploration, opportunity, and discovery. It is the...
Introducing an Elementary Design Challenge into a TECA Regional Competition: There Is a Place in the Early Years of School for Teaching about Technology
Each year the TECA (Technology Education Collegiate Association) Eastern Regional conference is held in Virginia Beach, Virginia. TECA is made up of four regions of the United States. The eastern TECA region has the largest membership. From up and...
Space Day 2006 Design Challenges Now Available
Can life be sustained on the moon? Is there a solar system beyond our own? There are countless unanswered questions about space and many, many scientists and engineers working to solve the mysteries. The Space Day Design Challenges, a national competition...
Students Help a Teacher Called to Active Duty: What a Great Feeling to Have a Group of Students Who Are Excited and Want to Help a Teacher in Need So Many Miles from Home
My technology education students at Tecumseh Middle School were completing a design activity when I was notified that one of my former students from a Purdue class, Ryan Smith, was called to active military duty. Ryan was teaching technology education...
Tech-Know: Integrating Engaging Activities through Standards-Based Learning: These Units Enable [Students] to Get Excited about Learning, Doing, and Thinking in the Technology Education Classroom
Background Science, mathematics, and technology (SMT) literacy is vital to national interests, in particular to maintaining the economic health of the nation and the well being of its citizenry, making the success of SMT education especially important...
The Magic of Energy: Oil Surely Changed the Way That Humans Value Energy
Introduction--The Energy Around Us You have probably noticed that the price of gasoline keeps going up and up with seemingly no limit in sight. Accordingly, the price of a barrel of oil is in excess of sixty dollars today, when just a few years...
Writing Standards-Based Rubrics for Technology Education Classrooms: The Use of Rubrics Goes beyond the Simple Need for Objective Grading in Classrooms
There is nothing more frustrating for a student than to receive a project assignment with little or no description of how it will be graded. The student completes the project and then the teacher picks a grade by some unseen checklist. For students,...
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