What is Tech Ed?

  • What Is Technology Education?  It is the means by which we teach technology.  Technology is a body of knowledge separate from but related to the sciences, with specific content, curriculum and specific certification requirements.  Technology is the application of tools, materials, processes and systems by humans to solve problems and provide benefits to humankind.  We use technology in an attempt to improve our environment.  These improvements may relate to survival needs (e.g., food, shelter, defense) or they may relate to human aspirations (e.g., knowledge, art, control).  They can include unexpected benefits, unexpected costs and unexpected risks. 


    Technology education involves a broad spectrum of knowledge and activities.  Effective technology education combines knowledge of content, process and skills to provide students with a holistic approach to learning.  Technology education offers unique opportunities to apply numerous academic concepts through practical, hands-on applications.  Instructional technology, on the other hand, deals specifically with use of computers and different software to solve problems and communicate effectively.  Knowledge of content, process and skills should be used together to effectively engage students and promote a complete understanding of the sciences, related technologies and their interrelationship. The relationship between science and technology is one where science builds principles or theories and technology provides the practical application of those principles or theories.


    Knowledge of content, process and skills in technology involves learning processes that include these components:


    -         Methods of designing and developing solutions

    -         Standards for selecting and using appropriate materials, tools and processes

    -         Experimental and design specifications for testing and evaluating solutions

    -         Criteria for judging the performance and impact of the solutions

    -     Evaluating the impact of modifying a system to improve performance.


    Technology education can be divided into three main systems that include biotechnological, informational, and physical technologies:


    Biotechnological Systems





    Engineering / Design Systems

    Research and Development


    Informational Systems

    Computer-Aided Drafting / Design (CADD)

    Drafting & Design

    Desktop Publishing

    Electronic Communications

    Engineering / Design Systems

    Graphic Communications

    Communications Systems

    Multimedia Technology

    Networking Systems

    Research and Development

    Video and Television Production

    World Wide Web Design & Publishing


    Physical Systems

    Automation / Robotics

    Computer-Aided and Integrated Manufacturing (CAM/CIM)


    Electronic Circuits / Control Systems

    Energy Systems

    Architecture and Community Planning

    Engineering / Design Systems

    Enterprise Organization & Operation


    Material Processes  (Woodworking, Metalworking, etc.)*

    Research and Development



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                      *Additional explanation added