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Orlando, FL - 2014 Conference Theme and Strands
TECHNOLOGICAL AND ENGINEERING LITERACY CORE CONNECTIONS
The subject areas of technology and engineering education have seen a decade's worth of implementation experience, relevant findings from the cognitive sciences, and workshops such as the National Academy of Engineering Workshop on core concepts in K-12 engineering education. Various standards have been used during the implementation process such as the Standards for Technological Literacy and newer common core standards. Now is the time to assess the various progressions with these standards, examine linkages to the STEM curriculum, and further define what is really important in technology and engineering education. The Orlando Conference theme and strands are provided to address the important work that has been achieved and to showcase the progress.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Applications for presenting should emphasize instructional, educational, and classroom resources that K-12 technology and engineering teachers can use in their practices when they return to their school. Applicants should take care to show how their presentation links to one or more of the strands and what materials the classroom teacher will take home.
STRAND 1 - TECHNOLOGY FOR ALL
What revisions should be made to the original technological literacy standards to narrow the content base toward a structure similar to the 21st century skills and core standards? What models and materials for teachers (pre-service and in-service) are being developed? How can we integrate this content to motivate and engage learners in deep and meaningful investigations within a coherent curriculum? What assessments and gauges of progress are available as measures of success?
STRAND 2 - ENGINEERING FOR ALL
What are the core ideas in K-12 engineering education? How can we identify and link engineering content to the STEM Community? What key elements of the published K-12 mathematics and English/ language arts "Common Core" standards should be linked to engineering content in the process of having a common core likeness? What conceptual frameworks should be used to guide the revision of any standards toward the implementation of engineering education? What models and materials for teachers (pre-service and in-service) are being developed and where are they? What assessments and gauges of progress are available as measures of success?
STRAND 3 - LINKAGES TO THE STEM COMMUNITY
How can we identify and link technology and engineering content to the STEM community? What "cross disciplinary" content can we emphasize to strengthen the role of technology and engineering? How do we demonstrate the use of mathematics in technology and engineering better? What elementary science principles can we integrate which will best influence a technology and engineering perspective?
STRAND 4 - LINKAGES TO THE LIBERAL ARTS
What are the core ideas in a K-12 liberal arts education? What work has been accomplished to identify conceptually sound and practical (i.e., teachable and learnable) connections between selected technology/engineering content with standards available in the liberal arts community? Is there a template for best instructional practices? Just how does the technology/engineering and the liberal arts community connect? Are there models and assessments showing progress to date? What are practical, implementable ideas that can be followed by the classroom teacher in making linkages from the technology/engineering content to a liberal arts education?