What is Technology Education?

What is Technology


"What is Technology Education?" I asked
myself nearly a year ago. I was at the time involved in Industrial Technology
with a concentration in Drafting & Design. Unchallenged and bored with
that particular field of study, I searched for something new, but yet somewhat
the same.

I saw a flyer posted in Flanagan Hall at
my former stomping ground, East Carolina University, that said teachers
were desperately needed at local high schools. Some of the subjects they
needed teachers in included: Electronics, Wood Shop, Auto Mechanics, Computer

Applications, and the one that caught my eye the most, Drafting & Design.

The flyer said all you needed to teach middle and high school in these
particular subjects was a BS in Industrial Technology (but teacher certification
was a plus was noted in the fine print).

I did some research on Technology Education
and did some personal reflection if this was a career I was really interested
in. "It sure beats a 9 to 5 job," I thought, "and it can’t be monotonous
because every day you do something new – especially in the type of teaching

I’d like to pursue, Drafting & Design."

Over the weekend I did some more research
on a professional organization that is directly related to my field, Industrial

Technology Education Association (ITEA). ITEA is a large, in fact the largest,
professional educational association devoted to enhancing technology education
through experiences in our schools (K-12). ITEA covers individuals and
institutions throughout the world with the primary membership in North

America. More than forty thousand technology educators in the United States
alone represent ITEA. The corporate members of ITEA are comprised of leading
technology companies.

ITEA\'s mission is to advance technological
means for all people. ITEA tries to meet the professional needs and interests
of members as well as to improve public understanding of technology education
and its contributions. ITEA conducts various professional development programs
and holds an annual conference. This conference is the largest technology
education show of exhibits and educational sessions in the world. Wow!

Some publications the Industrial Technology

Education Association compose include the following: The Technology Teacher,

Technology and Children, and The Journal of Technology Education. There
are ten committees that organize the aspects of technology education. These
committees of ITEA also sponsor dozens of meetings, conferences, and exhibits
each year. They also sponsor an active honor and awards program that identifies
outstanding teachers and programs (K-12) from states, provinces and countries
that are affiliated with the Association. ITEA also presents award certificates
and supports other programs that recognize outstanding efforts in the technology
teaching profession.

The last thing I want to mention here is
that ITEA performs a strong public policy program, frequently providing
information to the government, local and national agencies & associations,
and other special interest groups that deal with technology education.

The Association attempts to provide an understanding of the importance
of technology education to the future growth and welfare of all nations.

ITEA provides many professional services
that are available to teachers. As stated before, the Industrial Technology

Educational Association provides a variety of publications and videos.

This material leads the teachers by providing teaching directions, instructional
ideas, and networking opportunities.

Again, the Industrial Technology Educational

Association has many worldwide conferences every year. Here are just a
few upcoming conventions that are to be held in the near future:

September 18-21, 1999: Technology International

Conference, Erfurt, Federal Republic of Germany. The history, problems
and prospects of technical education.

September 24-25, 1999: Western Cape Technology

Conference presented by The Technology Association at Western Province

Prep School, Claremont, Cape Town, South Africa.

October 1-2, 1999: The Learning Institute
for Technology Education Conference. Program strands include high school,
middle school, later elementary and early elementary break-outs in Design
and Technology, Math/Science/Technology integration, Info Tech/Computer,
and Career Pathways. The conference will be held at Oakland Community College,

Orchard Ridge Campus, Farmington Hills, MI.

October 21-23, 1999: 62nd Annual New England

Association of Technology Teachers (NEATT) Conference. Held at the Sheraton

Burlington Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington, Vermont.

December 12-15, 1999: Association for

Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Annual Convention, Orlando, FL.

January 9-14, 2000: International Technology

Conference to be held in Canberra, Australia. Hosted by the Australian

Council of Education through Technology (ACET).

February 13-19, 2000: Association for

Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Career and Technical Education Week.

This year\'s theme is "2000: A Career Odyssey."

April 6-8, 2000: International Technology

Education Association 62nd Annual Conference and Exposition, Salt Lake

City, UT. The 2000 Conference\'s theme is "Human Innovation in Action."

June 21-25, 2000: Technology Student Association

22nd Annual National Conference and Competions, Atlanta, GA.

July 18-20, 2000: The fourth Annual China-U.S.

Conference on Education: 2000 Opportunities for Teaching and