Magazine article Technology and Children

Message from the President of TECC

Magazine article Technology and Children

Message from the President of TECC

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By now, all TECC members should have received and returned a ballot for the election of new officers. As soon as the results are tallied, they will be posted to our Web site, www.ncat.edu/~childres/tecchome.html.

ITEA Conference

Are you ready for the ITEA conference in Albuquerque in March? TECC will be hosting 18 sessions! This is far and away more than we've offered in at least 30 years! Due to popular demand, we now offer so many sessions that we must schedule two at a time. The Web site has all of the details, but here are a few of the highlights:

* Two special half-day sessions with Linda Harpine, Ginger Whiting, ant international elementary school technology expert, Peter Sellwood! Thursday they will be discussing Making Things Work, and on Friday, Moving Through Air is the topic. Sessions are from 1-5:15pm and attendance will be on a first-come basis.

* Practical sessions on teaching safety to first graders, designing shopping bags, curricular integration, children's literature, and decision making in children's engineering. Many sessions are presented by practicing elementary school teachers.

* The first TECC Open House in years--complete with TECC officers and refreshments--will be held Thursday at 9am. Later that day is the TECC Business Meeting to which everyone interested in elementary school technology education is invited.

* Sessions on community partnerships, school-wide technology education implementation, extracurricular technology camps, teacher preparation, and state and national standards.

* Presentations by technology education experts Terry Thode, Ken Welty, Pat Hutchinson, William Dugger, and others.

Did you ever attend a TECC or ITEA session and think, "I have great ideas to share, too"? Here are two ways to do just that. The TECC Idea Exchange is scheduled for Friday morning at the ITEA conference. Come with your ideas in mind--or, better yet, bring copies of activities to share. If you can't make it to New Mexico, but are considering the 2005 conference in Kansas City, why not present your ideas in a session there? Contact Sharon Brusic (Vice President for Programs) at Sharon.Brusic@millersville.edu by June 13, 2004.

I'm looking forward to a great conference. I'll see you on Thursday morning at the open house.

Is Food a Technology?

This issue's theme is food. One of the original goals of technology, education (it was then called industrial arts) when it was formulated in the 1920s was that it would be a school subject for all boys and girls, regardless of whether they came from wealthy, poor, or middle-class homes. …

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