This is the summary of a presentation given at the 74th Annual NCTM Meeting, 25-28 April 1996, San Diego, CA.
New Jersey is in the fore front for the use of both Educational Technology and Technology Education in the K-12 classroom. Educational Technology, as defined by the NJ Plan for Action, is the incorporation of the tools of technology (computers, software, videodisks, and tapes, and CD-ROM, etc.) to extend and enhance the instructional process for students of all ages in all curriculum areas. The vision of such a plan is that "All New Jersey students will be able to use the tools of educational technology effectively, holding in their own hands the means to shape their own destinies." Technology Education on the other hand is defined as "a human process in which people use tools, knowledge and other resources to extend human capability in order to solve problems related to their environment" (COTE, 1992). Technology Education teaches students about the nature of technology and the human designed world. This idea is spreading throughout the United States. The primary mission is to develop the technological literacy and technological capability of all students in grades K-12 so that they will be better prepared for life in a technological society. Components of the technology curriculum include: the factors that cause technology innovation; the methods, tools, and knowledge applied to achieve technological solutions; the behaviors and uses of technological systems; and the social, environmental, and economic consequences of technological development. (TEANJ Draft Framework, 1994). A goal of this session will be to show how TLA's (Thematic/Technology Learning Activities) can be used in the classroom to integrate math, science, and other disciplines in the K-12 classroom.
Marilyn F. Hughes (Montclair State Univ., Upper Montclair, NJ)
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