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National Academy of Engineering and National Research Council Report, Changing the Conversation: Messages for Improving Public Understanding of Engineering (2008)

National Academy of Engineering and National Research Council Report, Engineering in K-12 Education: Understanding the Status and Improving the Prospects (2009)

National Research Council Report, Successful K-12 STEM Education: Identifying Effective Approaches in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (2011)

National Academy of Engineering and National Research Council Report, Technically Speaking: Why All Americans Need to Know More About Technology (2002)

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National Center for Engineering and Technology Education 

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Technological Literacy

Technology Education is the means by which we teach students the Technology and Engineering components of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education which is found in the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Science and Technology, Science and Technology (PDF).  Technology Education is a body of knowledge separate from but related to the sciences, with specific content, curriculum and specific certification requirements.  Technology is the application of tools, materials, processes and systems by humans to solve problems and provide benefits to humankind.  We use technology in an attempt to improve our world in which we live.  These improvements may relate to survival needs (e.g., food, shelter, and defense) or they may relate to human aspirations (e.g., knowledge, art, control).  They can include unexpected benefits, unexpected costs and unexpected risks.  Technology Education involves a broad spectrum of knowledge and activities.  Effective Technology Education combines knowledge of content, processes and skills to provide students with a holistic approach to learning.  Technology Education offers unique opportunities to apply numerous academic concepts through practical minds-on/hands-on applications giving these academic concepts relevance.  Instructional Technology on the other hand, deals specifically with use of computers and different software to solve problems and communicate effectively.  Knowledge of content, processes and skills should be used together to effectively engage students and promote a complete understanding of the sciences, related technologies and their interrelationship. The relationship between science and technology is one where science builds principles or theories and technology provides the practical application of those principles or theories to produce human made products and systems to improve our lives.

Access to ITEEA, STEM Center for Teaching and Learning - EbD Materals

Pennsylvania became a member state of the International Technology & Engineering Educators Association’s (ITEEA, www.iteea.org) STEM Center for Teaching and Learning (http://www.iteea.org/EbD/ebd.htm) Consortium through partnership with California University of Pennsylvania, Millersville University, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the Technology & Engineering Education Association of Pennsylvania (TEEAP) and the Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center (DVIRC) in 2007.  This has afforded schools across Pennsylvania free access to a K-12 National Standards-Based solution for delivering a STEM focused Technological Literacy curricula developed by the consortium known as Engineering by Design™(EbD).  Professional Development on the materials was once offered through the Governor’s Institute for Technology Education (GITE) over the summer but was discontinued in 2009 due to the financial crises the state has encountered.  We are currently working with various Intermediate Units, California University of Pennsylvania, Millersville University and the STEM Center for Teaching and Learning, they are an approved ACT 48 provider, to offer Professional Development opportunities on the EbD materials throughout Pennsylvania. 

If you are interested in obtaining access to the EbD materials please fill out the Request Form for assess.   There is no cost involved to districts the mentioned membership fee has been covered by the above mentioned partnerships.  You will then be linked to a web form that you will need to fill out and save.  Once this has been done the form with the required information will be sent to Bill Bertrand.  He then will send you the URL to the ITEEA Pennsylvania page along with user names and passwords which will allow you to access the EbD materials.  If you have questions or need additional information on possible Professional Development opportunities or other related issues please contact
wbertrand@pa.gov

Pennsylvania Safety Guide

This Safety Guide is intended to alert technology education teachers, teacher educators, school administrators and technology education supervisors to the importance of a strong safety program.  It is also intended to provide the instructional resources for instituting safety instruction in the public schools, for the in-service training of technology education teachers and for the education of undergraduates in the teacher education programs of Pennsylvania.

Disclaimer

This Safety Guide is intended to be a convenient reference for Elementary and Technology Education teachers. The Pennsylvania Department of Education has carefully considered applicable industry practices in the development of this guide.  However, the standards provided herein are by no means absolute. The Department hereby disclaims all liability incurred through the use of this document.

FAQs
  1. What is Technology Education?

    Technology Education is the means by which we teach students the Technology and Engineering components of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education which is found in the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Science and Technology.  Technology Education is a body of knowledge separate from but related to the sciences, with Specific Programs Guidelines (Technology Education K-12) and certification requirements (CSPG 65 - Technology Education).  It should also be understood that Technology Education offers unique opportunities to give relevance to numerous academic content areas.

    To understand why Technology Education  is important it is recommend that you read the report done in 2002 by the National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council titled Technically Speaking: Why all Americans Need to Know More About Technology.  *(The link is located in the emphasis box.)

  2. At what grade levels is Technology Education required?

    According to the state education regulations found in Chapter 4 (Academic Standards and Assessment) “planned instruction aligned with academic standards in the following areas shall be provided to every student”.  Technology Education is included as one of the noted “following areas” being included under area “(3) Science and Technology” and is listed in each specific subsections dealing with K-12 education (§ 4.21. Elementary education: primary and intermediate levels, § 4.22. Middle level education, and § 4.23. High school education).  It should also be noted that “planned instruction may be provided as a separate course or as an instructional unit within another course or other interdisciplinary instructional activity” and this is true for all content areas.  It is recommended that to have a full understanding of the education needed for all students in Pennsylvania one should review § 4.11. the “Purpose of public education” component of Chapter 4.
Biotechnology Curriculum Framework

The Biotechnology Curriculum Framework K-12 is a team effort supported by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.   


For additional information, please contact:

William Bertrand | Technology Education Advisor 2
Pennsylvania Department of Education - Teaching and Learning, Division of Curriculum
333 Market Street, 3rd Fl | Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
Phone: 717.783.6848 | Fax: 717.783.3946
wbertrand@pa.gov | www.education.state.pa.us