The Technology Program I Designed

The technology education program is a progressive sequence of units designed to encourage students to research, study, plan and experiment with the materials, tools, processes, and technologies of industries.

Units

The units, which are scheduled by the quarter, the semester, or for a full year, are as follows:

  • Engineering Design
  • Architectural Design
  • Computer Graphics and Electronic Publishing
  • Web Page Design
  • Photography and Video Production
  • Workshop courses for advanced students are available in most areas.

Throughout the year students are introduced to keyboarding, word processing in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop, Comic Life, Scratch, Garageband, and iMovie. Often we will move from one program to another so the students understand that programs can be used alone or in conjunction with each other.

Students are encouraged to use the skills they learn in Technology to complete projects for other classes. I believe that I should model or demonstrate technology concepts several times before we venture into a particular project. Also, I ask many questions and have students explain in detail certain processes and procedures to determine how much of the concepts they understand.

Methods of Instruction

Class meetings include but are not limited to

  • lectures,┬ádemonstrations
  • tutorials,┬áhands-on computer exercises in the lab
  • discussions, critiques,
  • student presentations
  1. Weekly assignments can include tutorials, critical readings, and projects.
  2. Project assignments will culminate in completed works that will be evaluated from both technical and aesthetic perspectives.
  3. Project assignments will be presented periodically throughout the course and will allow students to apply these new skills in a creative manner.
  4. Studio style critiques of the finished projects will address both technical skills and aesthetic design issues.
  5. A sequence of readings from the required text book and written tutorials may be followed to present specific practical skills.

Assessments

Students understanding, knowledge and skills are assessed by the following:
  • Keyboarding skills
  • Rubrics
  • Teacher observation
  • Oral assessments
  • Student projects
  • Checklists