What is Technology Literacy?
Technology is the modification of the natural environment in order to satisfy perceived human needs and wants. To determine what those needs and wants are and to figure out how to satisfy them, one must consider a wide range of factors simultaneously. For this reason, although the study of technology may sometimes be a separate subject, it can never be an isolated subject cut off from the rest of the curriculum. Technological literacy is the ability to use, manage, assess, and understand technology. The ability to use technology involves success operation of the important systems of the time. This includes knowing the components of existing macrosystems, or human adaptive systems, and how systems behave. The ability to manage involves ensuring that all technological activities are efficient and appropriate.
Understanding technology involves more than facts and information; it extends to the ability to synthesize information into new insight.
As part of becoming technologically literate students need to learn about:
- Designing, developing, and utilizing technological systems
- Open-ended, problem-based design activities
- Cognitive, manipulative, and affective learning strategies
- Applying technological knowledge and processes to real world experiences using up-to-date resources
- Working individually as well as in a team to solve problems
The Standards for Technological Literacy developed by the International Technology Education Association give more details on what students should learn across the K-12 continuum. SciMathMN supported the initial introduction of these standards in Minnesota. To learn more
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