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Bringing Technology Education Into K-8 Classrooms

Bringing Technology Education Into K-8 Classrooms
A Guide to Curricular Resources About the Designed World

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March 2005 | 320 pages | Corwin
Bring a whole new world of technology education into every classroom!

We live in a world where technological advances happen daily. But technology is more than computers and electronic devices. Technology encompasses every man-made creation that meets human needs, even a pencil or a book. Technology education helps students design and make improvements in the designed world around us, such as transportation systems, manufacturing, and biotechnology, as well as many other fields.

This must-have guide is the first independent review of curriculum materials for technology. In Bringing Technology Education Into K-8 Classrooms, authors Edward Britton, Bo De Long-Cotty, and Toby Levenson provide a practical guide to the latest technology textbooks and integrated resources (including technology and supplementary resources), and descriptions of more than 100 informal resources. The guide fully describes the strengths and weaknesses of each individual product's features by analyzing the technology topics covered, types of technology design activities, assessment strategies, types of teacher support, and much more.

Bringing Technology Education Into K-8 Classrooms includes:

- An introduction to technology education and its importance for students today

- Complete information for choosing technology resources that meet district and classroom needs

- Practical analysis of how technology topics address standards

- Helpful tips on how technology activities help students understand a design process

Featuring easy-to-follow plans and sample pages from major products, this resource will help all students to become technologically literate!

About the Authors
1. What This Book Can Do For You
Part I: Reviewing Curriculum Materials in Technology Education
2. The Importance of Technology Education
3. Encouraging Collaboration Between Science and Technology Educators
4. How to Understand and Use the Curriculum Reviews
Part II: Comparing Curricular Materials: What Matters Most
5. Content: Standards-Based or Standards-Referenced
6. Quality of Student Activities
7. Teacher Support, Assessment, and Other Pedagogical Features
Part III: Reviews, Analyses, and Samples of Individual Products
8. Core Technology Products
9. Cross-Curricular Products
10. Supplemental Products
11. Websites and Other Informal Resources
Resource A: More Benchmark-Level Analyses
Resource B: A Little More About Methods

"Are published curriculum materials really standards-based? The authors answer this in unprecedented detail. A must-read for technology, design, and engineering educators."

William E. Dugger, Director
Technology for All Americans Project, International Technology Education Association

"If you enjoy teaching science because it engages students, you will want to include technology and design. This book provides everything you need to find curriculum materials that fit your situation. Helping students become technologically literate as well as scientifically literate is a must in our world."

Senta A. Raizen, Director
National Center for Improving Science Education (NCISE)/WestEd

"This must-have guide is the first independent review of curriculum materials for technology. The authors provide a practical guide to the latest technology textbooks and integrated resources and descriptions of more than 100 informal resources. This resource will help all students become technologically literate!"

Ties Magazine, Fall 2005

Edward Britton

Edward (Ted) Britton is associate director of the National Center for Improving Science Education (NCISE), housed within the Mathematics, Science, and Technology program of WestEd. Dr. Britton brings long experience in research and evaluation of curriculum issues and materials to this book. In collaboration with Senta Raizen and others, he developed methods for a cross-national comparison of textbooks in the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). He led a review of curriculum materials that connect science and mathematics to workplace contexts, Connecting Mathematics and Science to Workplace Contexts. Britton currently... More About Author

Bo De Long-Cotty

Bo De Long-Cotty is a developmental psychologist and has worked for WestEd since 1991. She currently serves as a pro­ject director in the WestEd Math, Science, and Technology program and as director of the Learning and Teaching with Technology initiative for the WestEd Regional Technology Education Consortium (RTEC). Her work at WestEd includes directing, a project-based learning resource, guid­ance, and collaboration site for teachers; providing informa­ tion and resources to families and teachers to promote community–home involvement in schools; evaluating educational software and online curricula for Grades K–12;... More About Author

Toby Levenson

Toby Levenson is a senior research associate for WestEd’s Mathematics, Science, and Technology program. She has worked in both the nonprofit and for-profit education sectors as an educational designer, producer, and manager. She has developed science software and videodiscs; created math software, video, and curricula; designed literacy soft­ ware and curricula; developed technology-related ancillar­ ies to textbooks; and produced other educational technology and edutainment products. She has been a primary con­tributor to more than thirty products from companies such as LeapFrog, The Learning Company, Scholastic Inc., Harcourt... More About Author