A study of technology, which provides an opportunity for students to learn about the processes and knowledge related to technology that are needed to solve problems and extend human capabilities. (ITEA)
Technology teachers teach a curriculum called Technology Education, which is problem-based learning utilizing math, science, and technology principles. Technological studies involve students:
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The most important reason to enter the teaching profession is to make a difference in the lives of children!
A 1998 study published in the Journal of Technology Education polled over 100 outstanding K-12 technology teachers nationwide for research on several fronts, including reasons why they like to teach technology education.
Here are the top ten reasons:
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This Bureau of Labor Statistics page includes some helpful statistical information about the teaching profession.
Many schools may be looking for professional mentors for students for in class activities and student competitions such as TSA, Future City Competition, or the FIRST Robotics programs. A phone call to a school with an inquiry and offer to help may get a welcome response.
School districts are always in need of substitute teachers. Perhaps you could get your substitute teacher certificate through a county superintendent's office. An inquiry with the school's main office or district central office may help you get going in the right direction.
Harry Roman, retired engineer and long time supporter of Technology Education, makes the following recommendations for how other professionals can get involved with current teachers:
1) Take the time to see what and how the students are now learning in their classes. Meet with the teachers to discuss their classroom approach. Understand the teacher’s point of view and the books and educational materials now being used. Discuss the areas that a teacher may need help in.
2) Use a variety of classroom demos and experiments to stimulate student thinking, observation, and question-asking. Emphasize that question asking drives the solution process.
3) Discuss how your real-world experiences are related to what students are now learning. Show the parallels clearly and demonstrate relevance of study to application.
4) Illustrate how math, science, and technology fit together to solve problems or design new things. Draw examples directly from your engineering experience, and show the results like products, reports, or software. Write this up (text and math) for the teacher and students to use again and again.
5) Integrate student thinking by emphasizing that problem solving is multi-dimensional and inter-disciplinary; and show this by example using “pro” and “con” analyses of problems. Discuss how technology, society, the environment, the economy, and government are related, and why good design blends a solution from these concerns.
6) Help coordinate student team design competitions in class to show the importance of teamwork. Allow time for students to use creativity and innovation to solve problems in their own way, and work together to make compromises and include the ideas of others.
7) Spend time talking about invention, patents and the great inventions that have come to define our modern world. Emphasize that invention and creativity are capabilities all students possess to differing degrees.
8) Research additional references and websites for the teachers and students to consult. Write this down and give it to the teacher so they have a record of new places to search out useful information.
9) Discuss the world after graduation and what skills and talents employers value and seek out. Illustrate how employers look at new hires and the various jobs available for engineers and technologists. Emphasize the universal importance of good oral and written communications skills.
10) Host in-service seminars for teachers to address new topics of importance. Invite teachers to spend time at company research and engineering sites so they can experience first hand, the kind of environment their students may one day work in. Write a joint article or paper with a teacher, for publication in an education or engineering education publication.
Understanding how and why students study technology and engineering K-12
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