ERIC Number: EJ779799
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Mapping Curriculum to Ed Tech and Industry Standards
Learning & Leading with Technology, v33 n6 p14-17 Mar 2006
Ever since technology became a major component in education, schools have been charged with teaching and integrating technology to enhance learning and ensure technology literacy. However, there is still no consistent definition, process, or assessment in place, leading to concerns about accountability. Because technology standards are seemingly arbitrary and open to multiple interpretations, each school district, each school, and even each teacher will have to develop their own definition, process, and assessments. This leaves schools and teachers charged with an overwhelming responsibility; subsequently, technology integration and assessments vary greatly among teachers, school districts, and states. If a goal of PK-12 education is to prepare students to compete in the high-tech global economy, multiple areas regarding technology need to be addressed by various educational stakeholders. This article describes the Technology Curriculum Map developed by Colchester Middle School in Colchester, Vermont. Limiting themselves to only the NETS and Vermont technology standards would not provide the technology opportunities they envisioned for their students and teachers. Therefore, they also consulted the technology industry. One goal was to address process and assessment, incorporating approaches from both educational and industry organizations. Another goal was to develop a solution for validating their compliance with the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) Act of 2001, as this is what they ultimately are held to. Therefore, they used EETT as the backbone, while various educational and industry standards filled out the map. Simply put, the purpose of their Technology Curriculum Map was to combine educational and industry standards and assessments into one comprehensive program.
Descriptors: Industry, Federal Legislation, Technology Integration, Educational Technology, Technological Literacy, Standards, Middle Schools, Educational Assessment, School Business Relationship, Program Development, Technology Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Professional Development, Partnerships in Education, Standard Setting
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Middle Schools
Authoring Institution: International Society for Technology in Education, Eugene, OR.
Identifiers - Location: Vermont
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001