WHAT IS TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION?
Technology Education is the curriculum that evolved out of industrial arts. Since the early 1990s, the material taught in these classes has expanded to include experiences in areas such as pre-engineering, computer hardware and networking, robotic manufacturing processes, graphic and multimedia communication, transportation systems, construction, architecture and pre-engineering.
Our overall focus is to is to provide students with an education that incorporates real-world problem solving and creative thinking skills through the use of collaboration, application and hands-on activities.
Colonie High School's Technology Department is also proud to offer a large quantity of college credit courses through Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T.) and Hudson Valley Community College. All of the teachers in our Department are also adjunct professors (staff members) at these universities.
S.T.E.M. Stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math: That's Where The Jobs are At NOW and Projected Through 2018.
There are plenty of JOBS in the United States. The problem is that there are not enough qualified candidates to fill those jobs because more students need to take high school level courses in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Navigate to the menu on your left, click the gray arrow next to "YOUR TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT at COLONIE HIGH SCHOOL." Check out our STEM Career and Job News section.
WHY IS TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION SO IMPORTANT?
From a global perspective, the need for high school graduates to have technology related literacy and skills is paramount to their future success. Many of the jobs in the United States are being filled by workers from other countries where technology education is emphasized more often at a younger age. We recommend that every student at Colonie High take a minimum of (1) Technology Education course offered by our department to help insure that your child has a better chance of being an employable and productive member of society over the next century. Probably more so than any other time in history, it is imperative that students have an understanding of what technology is, how it impacts them, and how they can become active participants in our technology-based world.
Ioannis Miaoulis Advocates for K-12 Engineering “We need to make technology and engineering as important as science and math in STEM education,” says Miaoulis, president and director of the Museum of Science, Boston and founding director of its National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®). According to Miaoulis, introducing engineering into the K-12 curriculum is critical because engineering design skills and concepts engage students in using their math and science knowledge to solve real problems and create new technologies. “Until now, school curricula have focused more on the natural world, not the technological one. But it is the technological, or human-made, world that facilitates 95% of our daily experience,” he says. “Technological literacy is basic literacy.”
OBJECTIVES for ALL STUDENTS in a TECHNOLOGICALLY FOCUSED SOCIETY:
Students should be able to...
1. Understand the importance and impact that technology has had on society and the environment in the past, the present and the future.
2. Identify career opportunities in technology related fields and explore potential personal career options.
3. Recognize the relevant and practical connections technology has with mathematical and scientific applications.
4. Solve complex problems through creative, technical and practical means.
5. Demonstrate the ability to use and operate tools, machines, equipment and resources in an effective and safe manner.
6. Recognize human potentials for responsible work, leisure, and citizenship roles in a technological society.
7. Apply scientific principles, engineering concepts and technological systems in the processes of technology.
8. Recognize personal accomplishments and achievements through technological means.
CONGRESSMAN PAUL TONKO visits TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT
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Technology Students and Robotics Team Members Participate in Former
Vice President Al Gore's
"Connect A Million Minds"
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