Dateline: Syracuse, NY 10/27/2013, NYSTEEA issues the elevator speech we should all have memorized for the time when somebody asks:
What is technology education?
"Technology education is the study of the human-made world. Students learn the process of designing and engineering solutions in a hands-on,minds-on environment of invention and innovation." Then after that - (State what you teach in your classes.)
NYSTEEA in partnership with the science and math teachers associations as well as
the state association of professional engineers will present the
NEW YORK STATE STEM EDUCATION SUMMER INSTITUTE
at Alfred State, SUNY College of Technology from July 13 - 15, 2014 .
For more information or to register, click the Summer Institute link.
Thank you for your students' participation in the annual Middle and
High School Technology/Engineering Education survey. The information gathered will be used to advocate for Technology/Engineering Education in New York State and will be shared with other associations across the country. If you missed it, the survey will return next year in May.
Engineering by Design Training
NYS EBD Website
A comment regarding the current conversation moving the technology & engineering standards into a revamped NY Science Standard, which may be derived from the NGSS.
There are NUMEROUS statements found in all standards that agree and delineate specifically the issues surrounding the meaning of technology & engineering education and relationships with science and math. The reality is that a lot of people of influence have nebulously erroneous beliefs and interpretations of official doctrine, but in reality do not have a good understanding of the issue regarding technology/engineering as it relates to science and math. The following is a cut and pasted section from page 24 of the National Science Education Standards. It says a lot!
As used in the Standards, the central distinguishing characteristic between science and technology is a difference in goal: The goal of science is to understand the natural world, and the goal of technology is to make modifications in the world to meet human needs. Technology as design is included in the S t a n d a r d s a s p a r a l l e l t o s c i e n c e a s i n q u i r y . Technology and science are closely related. A single problem often has both scientific and technological aspects. The need to answer questions in the natural world drives the development of technological products; moreover, technological needs can drive scientific research. And technological products, from pencils to computers, provide tools that promote the understanding of natural phenomena.
The use of “technology” in the Standards is not to be confused with “instructional technology,” which provides students and teachers with exciting tools—such as computers—to conduct inquiry and to understand science.
Additional terms important to the National Science Education Standards, such as“teaching,” “assessment,” and“opportunity to learn,” are defined in the chapters and sections where they are used. Throughout, we have tried to avoid using terms that have different meanings to the many different groups that will be involved in implementing the Standards. Additional comments forward to email@example.com
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