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Technology Education

Jessica Ovanessian
Phone: 631-283-3550 ext: 128
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The Tuckahoe Common School District Technology Education Program offers classes from grades PK-8 in Computer applications and Industrial Arts. You can see what each grade is up to in the Technology Newsletter.

Technology has become a forgotten subject in the eyes of many people over the years, but technology is one of the most important areas of study a student encounters. In an ever changing world, technology is at the forefront of our everyday life, and with a secure base of understanding students will be able to take on the challenge of technologies not only now, but in the future.

Here you will have the opportunity to take advantage of Information Technology. This communication tool will give you the opportunity to understand each area of study students will explore, our current projects and students work in the gallery section.

I hope you take advantage of this web site, and all the features it has available to you. Like technology, it will be updated and changed, so check back on a regular basis.

Why Technology is important:

Technology is an important part of our daily lives. It’s what helps us throughout our days, and keeps us connected. Technology includes a small part of all subjects studied within the educational system, but is directly related to Math & Science. New York State has directly linked them together within the Learning Standards for Math, Science and Technology as well as under the Common Core Standards with Science and Technical Subjects (which can be viewed here).

Although these standards cover the connections and importance of technology in a student’s education, here are some common questions/concerns about how technology courses are a pivotal experience for students in schools.

Why study technology?

Technology is changing the natural environment to satisfy our needs and wants. People have always found ways to improve others lives. Whether it be cars to make travel easier, refrigerators to help food last longer, or the Internet to allow people to communicate faster. Technology is the one subject area that a student uses every single day of their life, whether they know it or not. Technology is not a perfect field, and it is not one that once we accomplish something, we call it a day. Technology can always be improved, and in order to do that students must study the human made world as it is today, become technology literate, and be able to solve problems. Technology courses provide this and many more skills students need to succeed.

Technology is only computers; my student already knows how to use one.

Technology is broken down into seven areas of study, each of which allows students to apply knowledge and skills to design, construct, use, and evaluate products and systems to satisfy human needs.1

Engineering Design: Engineering design is an interactive process involving modeling and optimization used to develop technological solutions to problems within given constraints.

Tools, Resources and Technological Processes: Technological tools, materials, and other resources should be selected on the basis of safety, cost, availability, appropriateness, and environmental impact; technological processes change energy, information, and material resources into more useful forms.

Computer Technology: Computers, as tools for design, modeling, information processing, communication, and system control, have greatly increased human productivity and knowledge.

Technology Systems: Technological systems are designed to achieve specific results and produce outputs, such as products, structures, services, energy, or other systems.

History and Evolution of Technology: Technology has been the driving force in the evolution of society from an agricultural to an industrial to an information base.

Impacts of Technology: Technology can have positive and negative impacts on individuals, society, and the environment and humans have the capability and responsibility to constrain or promote technological development.

Management of Technology: Project management is essential to ensuring that technological endeavors are profitable and that products and systems are of high quality and built safely, on schedule, and within budget.

It is true that today most people assume that information technology is the only technology schools incorporate into their curriculum. This is of course not true. Schools incorporate the basic understanding of the principles behind such technologies in ways, so that as students move onto higher academics they will have the solid foundations that they need. For example, a basic robotics class seems like its more fun than anything. But in actuality it is the basic foundation for Biotechnology. How you might ask? Well today doctors are using robotic arms to perform more complex surgeries. This basic understanding of circuits, moving parts, and programming is giving your student the foundation to move on and possibly build such technological advances.

This is especially important for students in the elementary school. Technology education helps build the necessary knowledge, understanding and ability to choose the right tool or resource available that students will need to succeed in their core curiculum areas. It also provides a greater respect for the communication tools available to them in society today.

Technology is not a major subject; my student does not need it.

In the case of high school you are correct. Students in high school are not required to take technology it is an elective. However in middle school, (although there is no state test) technology is required. Students are required to take the equivalent of 1 year of technology courses and pass them, or they can not move onto high school.

If you have any other questions regarding Technology Education or what your student is studying please do not hesitate to contact me here.

Mrs. Ovanessian