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Technology Education is More Than Just Computers Ken Volk, Ph.D. Masdar Institute of Science & Technology
Technology Defined Engineering uses the design process to produce workable solutions. Technology is output of engineering. Science focuses on the natural world, with the output being knowledge. Technology Education is not Educational Technology
Technology Education Experiential Learning More than hearing & seeing! Hands-on problem solving! Applies math and science! Use of tools, materials and engineering design techniques! Solar Hotdog Cookers
Attitudes & Technology A persons negative or positive feelings that influence their behavior Based on: Knowledge, Experience Ideas Shaped by interactions with technology (parents, teachers, friends, culture, etc, too!) Chestnuthilllocal.com
Pupils Attitudes Toward Technology PATT-UAE Grade 8 students in the UAE 21 public and 12 private schools Over 1800 students participated Are there differences that exist between boys and girls attitudes toward technology? Are there differences between pupils attitudes toward technology from UAE public and private schools?
PATT-UAE InterestI like to read technological magazines Role PatternBoys are able to do practical things better than girls DifficultyYou have to be smart to study technology ConsequencesThe world would be a better place without technology CurriculumTechnology lessons are important CareerI would enjoy a job in technology Demographics and technological home climate 58 Statements about technology Example statements:
PATT RESULTS - DEMOGRAPHICS
Public Schools NOTE: Lower number = more positive attitudes
Private Schools NOTE: Lower number = more positive attitudes
Discussion Students from public schools Generally not as positive as private schools about- Difficulty Role pattern School curriculum Consequences of technology Girls from private schools not as positive about- Interest Career aspirations Constructing working model Wind Turbines
To Teach About Technology (#1) Have Technology Education as separate subject Traditional: Communication Power & Energy Graphic Communication Sustainability Class project to tackle sustainability challenge Build, test monitor photovoltaic system Robotics and Control Technology LEGO Robotics Robot Olympiad competition
To Teach About Technology (#2) Have Technology Education as STEM Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Integrate instruction and activities Encourages Creative-problem solving Hands-on experiences Use of variety of tools, materials, processes, etc Emphasizes Process and design of solutions Rather than solutions themselves!
To Teach About Technology (#3) Have Technology Education - Modified STEM Concentrates T & E in Science Science already has lab approach Study of scientists and grad students recommended- More hands-on learning More real and applied problem
Conclusion Cannot assume technology education will influence attitudes, but has potential as a subject, through hands-on creative problem-solving activities, to provide meaningful interdisciplinary learning experiences about technology to all students. KV