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White, Jesse W.; Moye, Johnny J.; Gareis, Christopher R.; Hylton, Sarah P. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2018
In the interest of learning how to effectively use the technological literacy standards and of adhering to education regulation, this article focuses on efforts to improve the professional teaching practices of Technology and Engineering Education (TEE) teachers by using the Gareis and Grant (2015) process with respect to "Standards for…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Technology Education, Teacher Developed Materials, Technological Literacy
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Love, Tyler S.; Tomlinson, Joel – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2018
Soldering is a useful and necessary process for many classroom, makerspace, Fab Lab, technology and engineering lab, and science lab activities. As described in this article, soldering can pose many safety risks without proper engineering controls, standard operating procedures, and direct instructor supervision. There are many safety hazards…
Descriptors: Engineering Technology, Safety Education, Laboratory Safety, Laboratory Procedures
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Havice, William; Hill, Roger – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2018
In 2006, the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association's Council on Technology Teacher Education (CTETE) Leadership Development Committee established the Twenty-First Century Leader Associates (TCLA) program. This initiative was developed to facilitate a sense of community and provide activities and resources for scholarly and…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Technology Education, Fellowships, Leadership Training
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Childress, Vincent W. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2018
Technology is defined differently depending on one's point of view, but in "Standards for Technological Literacy," technology is defined as "Human innovation…the generation of knowledge and processes…that solve problems and extend human capabilities" (ITEA/ITEEA 2000/2002/2007). The processes associated with the development of…
Descriptors: Technological Literacy, Technological Advancement, Influence of Technology, Performance Technology
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Lipscomb, Kevin; Nato, Sandy; Ernst, Jeremy; Clark, Aaron; DeLuca, V. William; Kelly, Daniel – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2018
When students walk into a classroom, often the first question is, "What are we going to do today?" It is easy for educators to fall into the trap of using activities exclusively without considering the value or intent of the content. After all, the students are engaged, and if they are busy they must be learning. Simply being busy,…
Descriptors: Learning Activities, Curriculum Implementation, Behavioral Objectives, Classroom Techniques
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Grubbs, Michael E.; Strimel, Greg J.; Huffman, Tanner – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2018
Interest in engineering at the P-12 level has increased in recent years, largely in response to STEM educational reform. Despite greater attention to the value, importance, and use of engineering for teaching and learning, the educational community has engaged minimally in its deliberate and coherent study. Specifically, few efforts have been…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Standards, STEM Education, Elementary Secondary Education
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Hemming, James – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2018
Teaching about drawbridges allows students to apply skills they have learned in math and science, while also being creative with design and the use of available materials. Students can be exposed to current and ancient designs. Today's drawbridges are beginning to look their age and are in need of updating and modernization. New bridges are being…
Descriptors: Civil Engineering, Middle School Students, Teaching Methods, Science Education History
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Reed, Philip A. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2018
Technology Education as a discipline is at a historical point of two extremes. On one hand it is clear that what we do in technology education is highly valued; after all, imitation is said to be the sincerest form of flattery. The proliferation of "Makermania," technical competitions, engineering design in Next Generation Science…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Reflection, Academic Standards, Technology Education
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Dugger, William E., Jr; Moye, Johnny J. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2018
"Standards for Technological Literacy: Content for the Study of Technology (STL)" provides the content for what every technologically literate student should know and be able to do. It "defines what the study of technology in Grades K-12 should be, but it does not lay out a curriculum" (ITEA/ITEEA, 2000/2002/2007, p. 200).…
Descriptors: Technological Literacy, Elementary Secondary Education, Academic Standards, Science Education History
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Blue, Carl; Clark, Aaron; DeLuca, V. William; Kelly, Daniel – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2018
The changing demographics of U.S. society have prompted a focus on multiculturalism in today's classrooms. Educators and students are expected to be aware of the individual differences and characteristics that exist and use these attributes to everyone's advantage. This awareness begins with developing a broad understanding of the diverse…
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Multicultural Education, Self Concept, Ethnicity
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Wright, Geoffrey A.; Jones, Matthew D. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2018
In this article, the authors outline an innovation curriculum that can be taught to elementary-aged students to expand their creative and innovative abilities and potential. The curriculum focuses on divergent and convergent thinking principles embedded in a hands-on learning pedagogy. The curriculum framework is based on an innovation model known…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Experiential Learning, Creativity, Innovation
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Estapa, Anne; Hutchison, Amy; Nadolny, Larysa – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2018
Computational thinking is an important and necessary way of thinking for computer programmers and other professionals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Research on emerging practices around computational thinking that is developed through coding initiatives in schools reports that elementary children typically learn how…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Thinking Skills, Teaching Methods, Computer Oriented Programs
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Hacker, Michael – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2018
Computational Thinking (CT) is being promoted as "a fundamental skill used by everyone in the world by the middle of the 21st Century" (Wing, 2006). CT has been effectively integrated into history, ELA, mathematics, art, and science courses (Settle, et al., 2012). However, there has been no analogous effort to integrate CT into…
Descriptors: Skill Development, Thinking Skills, Technology Education, Engineering Education
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Buckler, Chris; Koperski, Kevin; Loveland, Thomas R. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2018
Although technology education evolved over time, and pressure increased to infuse more engineering principles and increase links to STEM (science technology, engineering, and mathematics) initiatives, there has never been an official alignment between technology and engineering education and computer science. There is movement at the federal level…
Descriptors: Technological Literacy, Computer Science Education, Technology Education, Engineering Education
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Velasco, Richard Carlos L. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2018
The evolution of digital technologies over the past couple of decades has contributed to a paradigm shift in education where the internet and web-based applications have become ubiquitous in primary and secondary classrooms (Glassman & Kang, 2011). With this shift came the digital phenomena known today as Web 2.0 technologies. Web 2.0…
Descriptors: Web 2.0 Technologies, Computer Uses in Education, Technology Education, Engineering Education
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