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The State Board of Education passed the state’s Technological Literacy standards in October of 2004. All school districts are required to integrate standards for 8.1 and 8.2 across all curricular areas. To help districts understand the two standards, this newsletter is being produced as a cooperative effort between the Office of Educational and Informational Technology and the Office of Academic Standards. The purpose of the document is to provide a clear description of both areas. Standard 8.1 Computer and Informational Literacy addresses strands and cumulative progress indicators that have typically fallen under Educational Technology. Standard 8.2, Technology Education, is new to many administrators, supervisors, and teachers. Technology Education addresses the design process and the impact and interconnectedness of new technologies on systems in society. http://www.nj.gov/njded/aps/cccs/tech/
Technology Education(also called Design, Engineering and Technology)
WHAT IS TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION?
Technology education is the study of technology and its effect on individuals, society, and the environment. It is much more than learning about various pieces of hardware and software. It is a study of a body of knowledge and the systematic application of resources to produce outcomes in response to human desires and needs.
The Stuff That Works program from City Technology, NY is a project that included workshops that were conducted for algebra, physical science, and technology education teachers and supervisors. See the website http://citytechnology.ccny.cuny.edu/ The site currently has PROJECT IDEAS in several areas of Design Technology. The NJ Department of Education has worked with Stevens Institute and the Boston Museum of Science to provide training on content related to Technology Education.
Stevens Institute of Technology’s Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) has advanced New Jersey’s capabilities to provide students with exemplary technology and pre-engineering educational experiences. Stevens has announced an initiative called Engineering Our Future NJ (EOFNJ) to work with schools to review, assess, and adapt pre-engineering curriculum materials to meet New Jersey’s Core Curriculum Content Standards in technology, science, and mathematics. This partnership assists schools by providing cutting edge instruction for students in pre-engineering and technology education and to establish strong links to existing programs in mathematics and science. See Steven’s website for more information: www.stevens.edu/ciese/eofn.
The New Jersey Technology Education
The mission of the New Jersey Technology Education Association is to foster the development of technological literacy through Technology Education programs in the state of New Jersey. Specifically, New Jersey Technology Education Association will:
- Provide curricular and instructional models through a program of professional development for its members.
- Recognize exemplary Technology Education teachers and school programs through an awards program.
- Advise its members as needed of changes in state law as well as national trends critical to the field of Technology Education.
- Promote technological literacy through partnerships with individuals and organizations within and outside of the field of Technology Education.
The New Jersey Technology Student Association (NJTSA)
The New Jersey Technology Student Association (NJTSA) has more than 2,000 middle and high school members and is the only student organization devoted exclusively to the needs of design and technology education students. NJTSA is supported by educators, parents, and business leaders who believe in the need for a technologically literate society.
Ties Magazine, supports design and technology educators, K-12. This magazine strives to help students and teachers increase their technological literacy and capabilities. Information from industry, business, government, arts and entertainment, and education provides Ties’ readers with up-to-date resources for the development of hands-on, design-based technology education curricula.
Children Designing & Engineering (CD&E)
The Children Designing & Engineering (CD&E) Project is a collaboration of the College of New Jersey’s Department of Technological Studies, the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The purpose of the CD&E Project is to develop instructional materials for the K-5 age group using a contextual Design and Technology approach.
TECHNOLOGY CONTENT STANDARDS
The Nature of Technology
- Students will develop an understanding of the characteristics and scope of technology.
- Students will develop an understanding of the core concepts of technology.
- Students will develop an understanding of the relationships among technologies and the connections between technology and other fields of study.
Technology and Society
- Students will develop an understanding of the cultural, social, economic, and political effects of technology.
- Students will develop an understanding of the effects of technology on the environment.
- Students will develop an understanding of the role of society in the development and use of technology.
- Students will develop an understanding of the influence of technology on history.
- Students will develop an understanding of the attributes of design.
- Students will develop an understanding of engineering design.
- Students will develop an understanding of the role of troubleshooting, research and development, invention and innovation, and experimentation in problem solving.
Abilities for a Technological World
- Students will develop the abilities to apply the design process.
- Students will develop the abilities to use and maintain technological products and systems.
- Students will develop the abilities to assess the impact of products and systems.
The Designed World
- Students will develop an understanding of and be able to select and use medical technologies.
- Students will develop an understanding of and be able to select and use agricultural and related biotechnologies.
- Students will develop an understanding of and be able to select and use energy and power technologies.
- Students will develop an understanding of and be able to select and use information and communication technologies.
- Students will develop an understanding of and be able to select and use transportation technologies.
- Students will develop an understanding of and be able to select and use manufacturing technologies.
- Students will develop an understanding of and be able to select and use construction technologies.
Examples of Technology Education lesson developed by teachers from the field—See Technology Solves Problems, Electronic Toys, Engineering Motion, Systems in the Designed World, Transportation – Mass-Transit - MAGLEV
Cast Away at the Edge of the World , and Houston, We Have a Problem & Failure Is Not An Option
Other teaching ideas can be found under the website "Introduction to the Core Curriculum Content Standards." Click on Technological Literacy and 8.2 by grade level desired.