Technology Curriculum Sample Standards

Below is a sample of standards that transcend all of the electives within the Technology Department

Standard One
Students will develop an understanding of the characteristics and the scope of technology

Key Ideas Performance Indicators - Students will:
A. The nature and development of technological knowledge and process are functions of the setting. Select appropriate tools, instruments and equipment and use them correctly to process materials, energy and information.
B. The rate of technological development and diffusion is increasing rapidly. Evaluate the impact of rapid technological development upon society.
C. Inventions and innovations are the results of specific, goal-directed research. Investigate the evolution of a technological system.
D. Most development of present technologies is driven by the profit motive and the market. Research and describe how consumer desires and needs drive new products and systems.

Standard Ten
Students will develop an understanding of the role of trouble shooting, research and development, invention and innovation, and experimentation in problem solving.

Key Ideas Performance Indicators - Students will:
A. Research and development is a specific problem-solving approach that is used intensively in business and industry to prepare devices and systems for the marketplace. Give an example and explain how a product must be designed in a manner that is acceptable to people's needs and wants.
B. Technological problems must be researched before they can be solved. Use problem-solving skills to identify key questions about a technological problem and develop a list of resources that address the issue.
C. Not all problems are technological, and not every problem can be solved using technology. List examples of problems that can't be solved through the use of technology and discuss reasons why.
D. Many technological problems require a multidisciplinary approach. Solve a problem utilizing multi-disciplinary skills.

Standard Fifteen
Students will develop an understanding of and be able to select and use information and communication technologies.

Key Ideas Performance Indicators - Students will:
A. Information and communication technologies include the inputs, processes, and outputs associated with sending and receiving information. Select a communication technology and model the various inputs, processes and outputs.
B. Information and communication systems allow information to be transferred from human to human, human to machine, machine to human, and machine to machine. Identify and model different systems of communication and their various uses.
C. Information and communication systems can be used to inform, persuade, entertain, control, manage, and educate. Identify different techniques currently used by the media and other sources and evaluate their impact on the behavior of society.
D. Communications systems are made up of source, encoder, transmitter, receiver, decoder, storage, retrieval, and destination. Identify components used in VCRs, radios, television and other communication media and describe their individual functions and their interactions.
E. There are many ways to communicate information, such as graphic and electronic means. Use a variety of communication devices to convey information.
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