Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Christy Welsh
Purpose of Course
Foundations of Technology prepares students to understand and apply technological concepts and processes that are the cornerstone for the high school technology program. Group and individual activities engage students in creating ideas, developing innovations, and engineering practical solutions. Technology content, resources, and laboratory/classroom activities apply student applications of science, mathematics, and other school subjects in authentic situations.
This course focuses on the three dimensions of technological literacy—knowledge, ways of thinking and acting, and capabilities—with the goal of students developing the characteristics of technologically literate citizens. It employs teaching/learning strategies that enable students to explore and deepen their understanding of "big ideas" regarding technology and makes use of a variety of assessment instruments to reveal the extent of understanding.
Students develop an understanding of the influence of technology on history by exploring how people of all times and places have increased their capability by using their unique skills to innovate, improvise, and invent. They gain an understanding of technological innovation and the fact that it often results when ideas, knowledge, or skills are shared within a technology, among technologies, or across other fields of study. Students develop an understanding of engineering design, the formal process that transforms ideas into products or systems of the designed world. They select and use manufacturing technologies and understand that modern manufacturing technologies produce quality goods at low prices, enhancing the quality of life for many people. Students select and use construction technologies and recognize that cultural norms, environmental conditions, and the requirements of enterprises and institutions impact the design of structures. Opportunities are provided that enable students to select and use energy and power technologies and to explore the processing and controlling of the energy resources that have been important in the development of contemporary technology. Opportunities are provided that enable students to gain insights into the use of telemedicine and other medical technologies. They become familiar with information and communication technologies and their role in the use of other technologies. The course concludes with the synthesizing of major ideas through an understanding of the impacts the use of technology has on society and the environment.
The Foundations of Technology course is one component of the overall technology education program designed to prepare students for the technological world by preparing them to assume the roles of informed voters, productive workers, and wise consumers. The Foundations of Technology course focuses on the development of knowledge and skills regarding the aspects of technology: (1) impacts of technology, (2) the engineering design process, (3) the designed world, and (4) systems.
The Foundations of Technology course is an introductory high school level learning experience that builds on student understanding gained in elementary and middle school courses.