Technology Curriculum Guiding Principles

21st CENTURY SKILLS:

21st century Technology Education provides students the opportunity to develop critical insights into new and emerging technologies, as well as technological history, its evolution, utilization and significance. Increasingly, technology integration is an essential component of student learning as evidenced by ongoing partnerships with business, art and the humanities. The Technology Education Department offers comprehensive and diverse connections to life and career choices through rich course offerings.

EQUITY:

The Technology Education program provides equal opportunity and access to all students, regardless of economic status, race, gender or level of ability in order to integrate technology literacy and skill sets into their lives.

PROFESSIONALISM:

Technology Education develops students' ability to operate with the highest ethical and professional standards through collaboration with collegial teams and industry. The technology classroom is a performance based work environment that is safe, professional, and clean. Students and teachers communicate respectfully, confidently and effectively, forging strong interpersonal relationships.

 

Mission Statement:

The mission of the 7-12 Technology Education program is to provide students with current authentic experiences with industrial settings and standards in Engineering, Communications, Transportation, and Construction. These learner centered experiences prepare students for the future by supporting the development of independence, ingenuity, imagination, and innovation. Bridging continuity between Dake Junior High, Irondequoit High School and real world applications is an essential component for supporting rigorous experiences and meeting the needs of all learners.

Applied science and mathematics connections are the cornerstone of Technology Education. Therefore, our curriculum incorporates the NYS MST Standards and National Technology Literacy Standards in tandem with Project Lead the Way and STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics). Incorporating the West Irondequoit Comprehension Outcomes into the Technology Education program is instrumental in supporting our shared critical thinking, reading and writing focus.

The Technology Education Department takes pride in serving the needs of all students. We foster the development of marketable skills that prepare students for post-secondary experiences. Technology Education forms a lasting foundation for the next generation of technicians, engineers, inventors and innovators.

CURRICULUM and INSTRUCTION:

Technology Education provides engaging standards-based, differentiated instructional activities that require complex thinking skills and integrates all disciplines. Students engage in authentic experiences that require conceptual understanding and abstract thinking.

LITERACY:

Technology Education provides a rigorous critical thinking experience that provides opportunities to use, manage, understand, and assess technology. Reading and writing are embedded into daily practice. Cross-curricular connections with math and science are essential for the transfer of technology understandings and the problem solving process.

ASSESSMENT:

Ongoing, relevant, valid, and authentic assessments are used to measure the growth of student understanding. Standards based, formal and informal assessments provide students with opportunities to demonstrate conceptual understandings while informing instruction.


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