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Technology Education

 Technology Education is the means by which we teach students the Technology and Engineering components of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education which is found in the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Science and Technology, Science and Technology  (PDF).  Technology Education 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 world in which we live.  These improvements may relate to survival needs (e.g., food, shelter, and 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, processes and skills to provide students with a holistic approach to learning.  Technology Education offers unique opportunities to apply numerous academic concepts through practical minds-on/hands-on applications giving these academic concepts relevance.  Instructional Technology on the other hand, deals specifically with use of computers and different software to solve problems and communicate effectively.  Knowledge of content, processes 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 to produce human made products and systems to improve our lives..  

Pennsylvania Engineering by Design (PA-ebD) Stem Network

Pennsylvania is a member of ITEEA’s STEM Center for Teaching and Learning (SCTL) Engineering byDesign (EbD) State Consortium through a partnership between Lancaster-Lebanon IU13, the Technology & Engineering Education Association of Pennsylvania (TEEAP), Millersville University, and California University of Pennsylvania. Through membership in the EbD State Consortium, eligible educators in Pennsylvania are provided online access to Engineering byDesign, a collection of K-12 standards-based STEM curricula.  Eligibility is available through a number of options including: 1) Membership in TEEAP ), 2) Current student in a technology and engineering education or STEM education program at a partner PA college or university, and 3) Participate in EbD professional development at a partner PA intermediate unit.
In 2012, the Pennsylvania Engineering byDesign (PA-EbD) STEM Network to aid in communication and to create six regional centers for EbD professional development.  Each PA-EbD STEM region has a lead organization that is licensed to be an exclusive provider of EbD professional development within the designated region utilizing authorized EbD trainers.  The  six PA-EbD STEM regions in the statewide network follow intermediate unit boundaries:
  • North West – IUs 4, 5, 6, 27, and 28
  • South West – IUs 1, 2, 3, and 7
  • Central – IUs 8, 9, 10, 11, 16, and 17
  • South Central – IUs 12, 13, and 15
  • North East – IUs 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, and 29
  • South East – IUs 22, 23, 24, 25, and 26
For more information about Engineering by Design (EbD) and to access the curriculum, educators should go to:   

Pennsylvania Safety Guide

This Safety Guide is intended to alert technology education teachers, teacher educators, school administrators and technology education supervisors to the importance of a strong safety program.  It is also intended to provide the instructional resources for instituting safety instruction in the public schools, for the in-service training of technology education teachers and for the education of undergraduates in the teacher education programs of Pennsylvania.
This Safety Guide is intended to be a convenient reference for Elementary and Technology Education teachers. The Pennsylvania Department of Education has carefully considered applicable industry practices in the development of this guide.  However, the standards provided herein are by no means absolute. The Department hereby disclaims all liability incurred through the use of this document.


What is Technology Education?
Technology Education is the means by which we teach students the Technology and Engineering components of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education which is found in the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Science and Technology.  Technology Education is a body of knowledge separate from but related to the sciences, with Specific Programs Guidelines and certification requirements (CSPG 65 - Technology Education).  It should also be understood that Technology Education offers unique opportunities to give relevance to numerous academic content areas.

To understand why Technology Education  is important it is recommend that you read the report done in 2002 by the National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council titled Technically Speaking: Why all Americans Need to Know More About Technology.  *(The link is located in the emphasis box.)

At what grade levels is Technology Education required?
According to the state education regulations found in Chapter 4 (Academic Standards and Assessment) “planned instruction aligned with academic standards in the following areas shall be provided to every student”.  Technology Education is included as one of the noted “following areas” being included under area “(3) Science and Technology” and is listed in each specific subsections dealing with K-12 education (§ 4.21. Elementary education: primary and intermediate levels, § 4.22. Middle level education, and § 4.23. High school education).  It should also be noted that “planned instruction may be provided as a separate course or as an instructional unit within another course or other interdisciplinary instructional activity” and this is true for all content areas.  It is recommended that to have a full understanding of the education needed for all students in Pennsylvania one should review § 4.11. the “Purpose of public education” component of Chapter 4.

Biotechnology Curriculum Framework

The Biotechnology Curriculum Framework K-12 is a team effort supported by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.