What is Technology Education?
Technology Education is an integrated, experienced-based instructional program designed to prepare a population that is knowledgeable about technology – its evolution, systems, techniques, uses and social and cultural significance. It results in the application of mathematics and science concepts to solve practical problems and extend human capabilities.
What are the expectations for students in Technology Education programs?
Technology education is an essential component of a comprehensive and experience-based science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum. It develops technological literacy amongst students by demonstrating how mathematics and science is applied to the process of engineering design. Technology education programs were among the first to demonstrate an integrated approach to STEM instruction. Interdisciplinary teams of teachers train and work together for cross curriculum planning and integrated delivery of instruction. Technology education is taught using a collaborative approach in which groups of students interact with teachers of mathematics, science, social studies, language arts, technology, and other disciplines. Real-world challenges, laboratory activities, and computer-assisted instruction are used to provide students with hands-on and authentic learning experiences.
Are students required to take Technology Education?
All students must earn one credit in Technology Education as part of Maryland’s graduation requirements.
Are there content standards for Technology Education?
The content standards can be found in the Technology Education State Curriculum. The state curriculum is aligned to the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) Standards for Technological Literacy: Content for the Study of Technology. The State Board of Education also approved new Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) that aligns to the state curriculum that became effective in September 2007.
How does Technology Education differ from Educational Technology
Technology Education is an instructional program required of all students. Students work individually and in teams as they learn how to use and interact with technology to solve problems and extend human capabilities. Whereas, Educational Technology is the use of technology to support student learning and instruction, and includes all the electronic tools, both hardware and software, that assist individuals in their ability to acquire and communicate information.
Are there any resources available to help school systems strengthen their Technology Education programs?
1. Technology Education Voluntary State Curriculum
This document contains five overarching standards that identify what students should know and be able to do in order to be technologically literate. It also provides local school systems with a means for developing challenging curriculum while increasing state supported opportunities for professional development. For more information on the Technology Education Standards, please visit: http://www.mdk12.org/instruction/curriculum/index.html
2. Technology Education Facilities Guidelines
This document is designed to assist local school systems in the planning, design, construction and occupancy of technology education facilities. It is a translation of an educational philosophy about technology education into a three-dimensional place in order for students to achieve the goals set forth in the curricular framework. The facilities guidelines identify the space and lab requirements for technology education instruction.
3. STEM Center for Teaching and Learning
As a member of the Center's Consortium of States, MSDE makes the Engineering ByDesign (EbD) series of professional publications available to school systems at no cost. Each curriculum is based on the Standards for Technological Literacy and is correlated to the state curriculum.
- EbD TEEMS (technology, engineering, environment, mathematics and science) - Grades K-5
- Exploring Technology - 6th Grade
- Invention and Innovation - 7th Grade
- Technology Systems - 8th Grade
Technology Education (One Credit Graduation Requirement)
- Foundations of Technology
Advanced Technology Education
- Technological Issues and Impacts
- Technological Design
- Advanced Technological Applications
- Advanced Design Applications
- Engineering Design
For more information on the Engineering ByDesign curriculum, please visit http://www.iteea.org/EbD/ebd.htm.