ERIC Number: ED277340
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Feb
Reference Count: 0
High Technology in the High School and Its Effect on Curriculum.
Rizzolo, Ralph M.
The development and implementation of a high-tech laboratory in a small suburban high school in Pequannock Township, New Jersey, demonstrates that the high-tech future is both possible and valuable as it permeates the entire curriculum. In 1984, the vocational studies department shifted its emphasis to prepare students for college as well as for the job market, and changed the department's title to the Technological Studies Department. In addition to changing course materials to focus on technology, a high-technology laboratory was created which utilizes a satellite communications dish that receives signals from 19 satellites in space. The high-technology wing of the school also includes an electronics lab, video-technology lab and studio, computer repair area, a drafting center, and a micro-computer center. Students in other disciplines also made use of the facilities in the high-technology laboratory to conduct experiments with alternate energy systems, robotics, communications through satellites, fiber-optics, and lasers. All of this future-oriented technology was studied by students in 1985-86 across curriculum areas such as physics, social studies, foreign languages, and mathematics. The key to this successful program resulted from a knowledgeable, committed, and talented staff; the efforts of in-house experts; and the enlistment and support of the Board of Education. The approach used to gain funding resulted in collaborative planning with other school districts, and a $50,000 grant was received from the state. (DJR)
Descriptors: Communications Satellites, Computer Assisted Instruction, Curriculum Development, High Schools, Interdisciplinary Approach, Lasers, Learning Laboratories, Optical Disks, Participative Decision Making, Program Development, Secondary School Curriculum, Technological Advancement, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (Orlando, FL, February 14-17, 1986).