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ERIC Number: EJ838913
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0746-3537
Safety Awareness: Empowering Students to be Technologically Literate
Lazaros, Edward J.; Shackelford, Ray
Technology Teacher, v68 n8 p5-11 May-Jun 2009
The Home Safety Council (2006) reports that home injuries make up one third of injuries in the United States. As the Home Safety Council (2006) reported, "the top five leading causes of unintentional home injury or death are falls, poisoning, fire/burn, choking/suffocation, and drowning." Because the home is separate from the school learning environment, home safety is something that many teachers do not address. Addressing home safety in the technology classroom would be prudent considering that "an average of 2,096 children younger than 15 die each year as a result of an unintentional home injury." While the average of 2,096 school-age child deaths is disturbing, it is equally disturbing that school-age children under the age of 15, "experience an average of more than 3 million nonfatal unintentional home injuries every year." Technology educators should consider addressing home safety issues in the classroom to enhance technological literacy and contribute to the awareness of and potential reduction of the aforementioned injury and death statistics for school-age children. This article presents an activity which gives students the opportunity to: (1) Raise awareness about home safety hazards and empower them to make informed decisions; (2) Research home safety issues via technological and information resources such as library books, the Internet, and video; (3) Reinforce word processing and language arts skills by generating a comprehensive home safety inspection checklist; (4) Conduct a home safety inspection using their home safety inspection checklist; (5) Work collaboratively with parents/guardians and classmates to discuss home safety inspection results; and (6) Develop a master home safety inspection checklist that can be shared with the rest of the school to promote home safety. This activity is interdisciplinary and is in alignment with standards for English language arts, health, and technological literacy. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States