Course Description: Technology Education is a semester class that enables students to become technologically literate. Reaching beyond basic computer systems and ideas, it incorporates and complements science, mathematics, and other disciplines. This course gives students the opportunity to experience how the application of old, new, and emerging technologies affect everyday lives. After an orientation period, students select from various technology modules that they would like to explore. In those modules the approach to learning is self-directed, allowing the students to experience the most innovative and modern learning approaches in Technology Education with a hands-on exploratory philosophy. Learning modules allow students to interact with robots, lasers, machines controlled by computers, and other high-tech equipment.
Class Assignments: 30%
Tests and Quizzes: 20%
Link to Gradebook and Assignments:
USB Drive (Optional)
Rules and Expectations:
1) Remain seated and quiet during instruction. Raise your hand to ask questions or make comments.
2) Keep your hands to yourself at all times and avoid "horseplay."
3) Show respect for your classmates and teachers.
Inventions and Innovations - Virginia Course Competencies:
Demonstrating Workplace Readiness Skills: Personal Qualities and People Skills
- Demonstrate positive work ethic.
- Demonstrate integrity.
- Demonstrate teamwork skills.
- Demonstrate self-representation skills.
- Demonstrate diversity awareness.
- Demonstrate conflict-resolution skills.
- Demonstrate creativity and resourcefulness.
Demonstrating Workplace Readiness Skills: Professional Knowledge and Skills
- Demonstrate effective speaking and listening skills.
- Demonstrate effective reading and writing skills.
- Demonstrate critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
- Demonstrate healthy behaviors and safety skills.
- Demonstrate an understanding of workplace organizations, systems, and climates.
- Demonstrate lifelong-learning skills.
- Demonstrate job-acquisition and advancement skills.
- Demonstrate time-, task-, and resource-management skills.
- Demonstrate job-specific mathematics skills.
- Demonstrate customer-service skills.
Demonstrating Workplace Readiness Skills: Technology Knowledge and Skills
- Demonstrate proficiency with technologies common to a specific occupation.
- Demonstrate information technology skills.
- Demonstrate an understanding of Internet use and security issues.
- Demonstrate telecommunications skills.
Addressing Elements of Student Life
- Identify the purposes and goals of the student organization.
- Explain the benefits and responsibilities of membership in the student organization as a student and in professional/civic organizations as an adult.
- Demonstrate leadership skills through participation in student organization activities, such as meetings, programs, and projects.
- Identify Internet safety issues and procedures for complying with acceptable use standards.
Exploring Inventions and Innovations
- Explain the importance of technology in the development of society.
- Describe technological inventions that have affected society.
- Explain how inventions and innovations relate to the development of new products, processes, and systems.
- Explain the use of patents and copyrights.
- Demonstrate ethical practices when using software and electronic media.
Exploring Design and Creativity
- Explain the design process.
- Explain the characteristics of the design process.
- Explain the impact of the criteria and constraints that are inherent in the requirements for a design.
- Develop designs for presenting to the class.
- Participate as part of an organized team.
- Maintain information (e.g., sketches, notes, reports) in a journal/portfolio.
- Produce a presentation.
Applying the Design Process
- Demonstrate safe use of tools and equipment.
- Use measuring tools.
- Evaluate a product in relation to the goal of design and potential improvement.
- Design an improvement for an existing product.
- Produce a model or prototype of an innovative design.
Designing Potential Products
- Research technological systems and their related inventions.
- Gather information about a potential invention or innovation.
- Illustrate best ideas for developing an invention or an innovation.
- Conduct market research.
- Develop a plan to create a model of an invention or an innovation.
- Prepare drawings to support the production of the invention or innovation model.
- Evaluate progress of the invention or innovation model.
- Construct a model or a prototype.
- Evaluate the model through assessment or the prototype through testing.
- Develop advertising techniques to create interest in an invention or an innovation