ERIC Number: EJ726756
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct-1
Tech-Know: Integrating Engaging Activities through Standards-Based Learning
Ernst, Jeremy V.; Taylor, Jerianne S.; Peterson, Richard E.
Technology Teacher, v65 n2 p15 Oct 2005
In August 2001, North Carolina State University received a four-year grant from the National Science Foundation to develop standards-based instructional materials for 20 Technology Student Association (TSA) activities. The TECH-know Project represents a significant collaboration between selected state departments, universities, businesses, and TSA. During the past three years, 144 technology education teachers, technology teacher educators, TSA Curriculum Resource Committee members, and business representatives from across the country have worked together to develop high quality standards-based units of instruction that reflect Standards for Technological Literacy (ITEA, 2000/2002), National Science Education Standards (NSTA, 1996), Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (NCTM, 2000), and TSA activities. During the first three years, technology education teachers from North Carolina, Virginia, Oklahoma, and Florida developed, piloted, and field-tested the units of instruction each fall. The TECH-know Project has developed 20 units of instruction based on TSA activities. The TECH-know units of instruction provide teachers the opportunity to be more successful by integrating cross-curricular, project-based, and problem-based learning in a real-world context. Students are able to make connections to math, science, and technology while enhancing their understanding of the concepts embedded in these activities. By incorporating integrated instructional materials centered around Standards for Technological Literacy, students become actively engaged in higher-order thinking and problem solving grounded in inquiry and standards-based learning.
Descriptors: Technology Education, Science Education, Mathematics Education, Units of Study, Technological Literacy, Academic Standards, Instructional Materials, Integrated Activities, Pilot Projects
Publications Department, International Technology Education Association, 1914 Association Drive, Suite 201, Reston, VA 20191-1539. Tel: 703-860-2100; Fax: 703-860-0353; Web site: http://www.iteaconnect.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Florida; North Carolina; Oklahoma; Virginia