Magazine article The Futurist

Teaching Technology

Magazine article The Futurist

Teaching Technology

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Teaching Technology

Beyond basic math and science, schools must provide an understanding of technology to prepare young people for an increasingly high-tech world, according to a new report, Technology: A National Imperative.

The report, by the Technology Education Advisory Council, addresses the growing importance of technology in society and outlines a curriculum for achieving technological literacy.

Technology education seeks to help students appreciate the importance of technology; apply tools, materials, processes, and technical concepts safely and efficiently; apply problem-solving techniques; develop and apply creativity; make informed career choices; and deal with forces influencing the future.

As an example of an elementary-school-level technology curriculum, the report describes a "community helper" construction project. Students create a production line to "construct" their toy vehicles, with the toys representing vehicles that are useful to the community -- police cars, delivery trucks, fire engines, etc. Students learn about manufacturing, business decisions, materials, labor, and even quality control.

For middle-school or junior-high-level students, a unit can be taught on future technologies, the report suggests. …

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