Tech Ed. Curriculum

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    Course Rationale

    The Technology Education Department at Southern Lehigh High School believes that "the study of technology must place emphasis on developing the students ability to discover, experience, share, and use knowledge rather than simply retain it. Learning in the technology education courses encourages students to be partially responsible for creating, monitoring, and evaluating their learning process." We incorporate learning strategies that extend past structured time periods and free students to inquire and create. Our courses emphasize social interaction and teamwork. Students who study technology learn about the technological world that inventors, engineers and other innovators have created. "Because technology is so fluid, teachers of technology tend to spend less time on specific details and more on concepts and principles. The goal is to produce students with a more conceptual understanding of technology and its place in society, who can thus grasp and evaluate new bits of technology that they might never have seen before."

    Technology Education Curriculum

    "Technology is human innovation in action" (Technology for All Americans Project, 1996, p. 6).  Technology education includes "a body of knowledge and the systemic application of resources to produce outcomes in response to human needs, and wants"  (Savage and Sterry, 1990, p.7).  Two major components are technological literacy and technological competency.  In the broadest sense, "technological literacy is the ability to use, manage, understand, and assess technology appropriately" (Technology for All Americans Project, 1996, p.6).  Technology education (i.e., technological studies) "involves designing, making, developing, producing, using, managing, assessing technological systems and products" (International Technology Education Association, 1998, p.17).  Educational technology is frequently used synonymously with instructional technology, referring to the use of "technological developments, such as the computer, audio-visual equipment, and mass media to aid in teaching all subjects.  (Technology for All Americans Projects, 1996, p.29).  The essence of technology education is "empowering students to engage in the creative human process of bringing about positive change or exercising positive change or exercising responsible control over the environment" (Design and Technology Section, 1996, pp. 1-2).  Technology education provides students with concepts and experiences necessary to develop the understanding and the capability needed in a constantly changing technological world (McCade, 1999). 

    Technology Education must be an integral part of basic education.  It allows students to develop an understanding of technology and develop an ability to use and apply technology through a systematic approach.  It is imperative that our students become technologically literate, able to understand inquiry-based technology and its impact on society in order to use it appropriately and make informed and meaningful choices.  They need to be able to understand and control technology in order to deal with change.  Their proficiency will increase as they develop basic skills, master core content and think critically and creatively in a collaborative environment.  Students will also learn about both the power and the responsibility of technology. 

                Students will develop, produce, use, apply and assess technology.  Through the application of tools, materials, processes and systems of technology, students will enhance cognitive, affective and psychomotor skills.  Activity-based laboratory experiences will develop problem-solving skills in order to manipulate information, materials and mechanical processes."




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