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Thank You, Louisville!
The Louisville Conference was a success! We hope those who attended came home renewed and excited about returning to their classrooms to implement all the wonderful things they learned. Thank you to the wonderful volunteers who made the conference possible as well as to the exhibitors, presenters, and attendees who journeyed to Louisville in March. We couldn’t have done it without you! To read all about the goings-on in Louisville, be sure to check out ITEA’s Advocating Technological Literacy blog at http://iteatide.blogspot.com/.
Future Conference Dates:
Visit the ITEA website at www.iteea.org for the most up-to-date information on these events.
ITEA GREEN Initiative Launched
The 2009 Louisville Conference was the launch date for ITEA's latest initiative to help its membership become stronger leaders with GREEN initiatives toward building a sustainable environment. ITEA's President-Elect, Gary Wynn, DTE, spoke to the Affiliate Representatives at the President's Roundtable about this initiative that will include members being involved in the following:
Wynn used examples of GREEN initiatives such as in the state of Pennsylvania where their association is conducting a statewide initiative. ITEA Past President, Andy Stephenson, DTE, has volunteered to spearhead this nationwide effort that will include a website, learning communities, and numerous other activities that will help ITEA members use their leadership skills in promoting quality education. Members who want to know more about this initiative or want to lead with Andy Stephenson should watch ITEA communications and publications as well as contact Stephenson at email@example.com.
Louisville Board Action
The ITEA Board of Directors met twice during the Louisville Conference to conduct the business of the association. Reports were received pertaining to the Strategic Plan for the Years 2009-2012, committee and task force work, Regional Director activities, Council activities, headquarters operation, status of the conference, future conference plans, and the finances of the association.
The following motions passed:
President Litowitz chaired a governance session to lead discussion about the work of the association. He announced the creation of five Task Forces in conjunction with the new Strategic Plan to address the following directions for the association during the coming three years. Those Task Forces will address the following:
Other items that were discussed during the week included the national project for technological literacy assessment being conducted by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), directions being taken by the new Department of Education administration, national stimulus package, and ITEA's recent proclamation on STEM education.
For more information about ITEA activities go to www.iteea.org.
ITEA Members to Consider a Name Change/New Membership Category
The Board of Directors of the INTERNATIONAL TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION passed a motion during its Louisville Conference meeting to have the voting membership consider a name change for the association to the International Technology and Engineering Educators' Association (ITEEA). This motion is the result of a year of discussion that included a membership survey, consideration of other name changes in the field, and a serious look at directions the profession should pursue. The voting will take place this month using the association's standard electronic ballotting procedure. The voting membership should be on the lookout for the ballot later this week.
One additional item included on the same ballot is a move to add Elementary School Memberships to the listing of memberships that the association offers. This ITEA membership status has been offered before and was deleted when numbers in the category dropped below ten. That number has increased, causing the Board to place the school status on the ballot to be included in the Bylaws vote.
For more information, go to www.iteea.org.
Engineering byDesign™ Continues Progress
ITEA's standards-based, comprehensive, hands-on curriculum continues in its progress towards being the K-12 solution for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Activities at ITEA's recent Louisville Conference included labs on courses such as Exploring Technology, Foundations of Technology, Invention and Innovation, Technological Systems, and Engineering Design. Labs were also conducted on elementary, middle, and high school challenges that have been developed in conjunction with NASA and its curriculum work. Over 300 technology/engineering teachers took part in these labs that included various activities as examples of EbD™ curriculum developed by teachers for teachers.
The popularity of this curriculum continues to spread across the United States because it does not require schools to purchase expensive equipment, can be adopted by states at a cost lower than they could develop curriculum themselves, and includes national leaders in designing and delivering teaching and learning. ITEA's curriculum specialists, who assist in the dissemination of this work, are: Dan Caron, DTE (NH), Amy Gensemer (MD), Aaron Gray (MD), John Hansen, DTE (TX), Greg McGrew (FL), and Nicole Penn (NC).
Litowitz Launches ITEA Strategic Plan Through Task Force Work
ITEA's 2008-09 President, Dr. Len S. Litowitz, DTE, launched the association's Strategic Plan at the recent Louisville Conference. This Plan was the result of Board work during the past year to set direction for the coming three years. Dr. Litowitz indicated that four Task Forces will be working on directions for the association. The task forces are as follows:
TF 09-1 Improving public perception of technology and engineering education.
These task forces began their work at the 2009 Louisville Conference and will be working during the next three years on tasks to advance the association and profession. The Task Force leaders are: TF 09-1 Tony Korwin, DTE; TF 09-2 William Havice, DTE and Roger Hill; TF 09-3 Laura Hummell; and TF 09-4 Scott A. Warner.
Another Task Force will be created on Fostering Business/Industry Relationships with Technology/Engineering. No leader has been selected at this time.If you would like to participate on any Task Force, please contact Dr. Litowitz at Len.Litowitz@millersville.edu. Watch ITEA communications during this coming year for more information about this work in progress.
Recent Additions to the ITEA Website:
2009 – 2010 TECA Officers
TECC Calls for Design Briefs
TECC Announces 2009 Recipient of The Mary Margaret Scobey Award
ITEA’s Technology Education for Children Council has awarded the 2009 Mary Margaret Scobey Award to Allison C. Needham, a 5th Grade Teacher at J.B. Watkins Elementary School in Chesterfield County, VA. Miss Needham is a leader in Children’s Engineering. Her enthusiasm and passion for teaching is evident in her lessons every day. Allison has created and implemented several design briefs connected to both math and science, and has continued to assist both her fifth grade team and other teachers in designing, executing, and extending Children’s Engineering projects. She has presented to other teachers and leaders in education at Children’s Engineering conferences, and she has had an article published in the TECC journal, Technology and Children. For the past three years, she has served as the head of the Children’s Engineering and Design Technology committee at Watkins. Congratulations, Allison!
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Technology Education Graduate Faculty
The INTERNATIONAL TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION has an avenue for your graduate students to have their best papers published with their peers. The publication is titled Technology SA. The purpose is to advance Technology through Scholarly Articles, and it has as its exclusive authors the graduate students in our profession. We hope that you will encourage your graduate students to contribute to this refereed publication series that will appear as a part of ITEA’s Online Library via the association website.
We are excited about having an exclusive location for graduate students in our field to publish their work, which will be used to advance teaching and learning about technology, innovation, design, and engineering education. The jury is now ready to receive manuscripts, which can be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org at any time.
We would appreciate your assistance in communicating about this publication and encouraging graduate students to be a part of this collection of scholarly articles. We look forward to the many contributions of your students.
Kentucky Teacher Wins Best Buy Grant
Program Video Now Available for Viewing
Steve Meyer (ITEA member and former Board member) is a technology and engineering teacher at Brillion School District in Wisconsin. Steve has written to let us know about a new video that highlights the technology and engineering program at Brillion High School. WisconsinEye television station will be showing this half-hour show on TV in the future. Click on the following link to view the video: mms://18.104.22.168/doc/doc_081212_brillion.wmv
Or you may link directly to Link to the WisEye Archive at www.wiseye.org/wisEye_programming/ARCHIVES-dec08.html
Harold O. Welsh
ITEA would like to express its condolences to the family and friends of former ITEA Board member Harold Welsh, one of the true gentlemen of our profession.
To view the write-up from the Columbus, IN Republic, click on:
ITEA's Proclamation Used to Further STEM Work in New York
Dear Chancellor Bennett:
It is evident that a myriad of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives are now in various stages of development throughout the United States. Subsequently, New York State’s three professional organizations, the N.Y.S. Technology Education Association (NYSTEA); Association of Math Teachers in N.Y.S. (AMTNYS); and the Science Teachers Association of N.Y.S. (STANYS) have recently formed the NYS STEM Collaborative (January 24, 2009) and are working collectively and collaboratively to address a multitude of related approaches, concerns, and issues in order to strengthen our State’s MST Standards. Our STEM Collaborative is also involving the American Association of Engineering Education (ASEE) and the New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) for their guidance, expertise, and support.
Much confusion exists, with STEM Education, throughout all political and pedagogical arenas. The roles of Science and Mathematics (S & M) are more clearly understood because of their long-standing history. Technology Education, as an instructional content discipline, is quite new by comparison and delivers MST Standard 5 including technological systems, processes, and engineering design. Education technology (ET) and information technology (IT) are even newer to the classroom as instruction aids. IT and ET provide devices, software, methods, and skills that support and facilitate teaching and learning and span across all areas and levels of instruction, not just STEM. The INTERNATIONAL TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION [www.iteea.org] has defined the “T and E” of STEM in their proclamation dated January 17, 2009.
It is essential that we define and delineate STEM Education for New York State...
The Cad Academy® Student Mentor Program
Engineer Your Life Survey
Please respond to an important national survey of high school educators. The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete and will be used to evaluate the ongoing efforts of the Engineer Your Life initiative (www.engineeryourlife.org). Your responses will be completely anonymous.
The 500th, 1000th, and 1500th person to complete the survey will get a check for $50. Only a few more weeks remain for a chance to respond to the survey and your chance to win $50. The survey will close on April 30, 2009.
To respond to the survey, please visit the following link: www.surveygizmo.com/s/66424/counselor-survey.
The survey is conducted by Veridian inSight (www.veridianinsight.com) on behalf of WGBH Boston. Major funding for Engineer Your Life is provided by The National Science Foundation and Northrop Grumman Foundation. Additional funding is provided by Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr and the United Engineering Foundation (ASCE, ASME, AIChE, IEEE, AIME).
FREE Summer Workshops in Indiana and Pennsylvania
Participants in these workshops, designed for teachers, will build a guitar in a week. The first is a for-fee guitar workshop at Purdue University July 7-10, 2009. Purdue participants will be able to sit in on some of the after-lunch mini seminars led by Fender and Seymour Duncan personnel who are at Purdue for the week.
The second workshop is to be held at Butler Community College in Butler, PA. This runs concurrent to, but should not be confused with, the Purdue workshop.
From Joanne Trombley, ITEA Region 1 Director (Joanne.Trombley@teap-online.org)
I just received an email that was sent to our Central Office and cc’d to me. I expect that many of you are already doing this to some extent, but perhaps you can make it more formal throughout your district, as is happening in mine. Please read below:
Central Office responded that “Craig’s List” is copyrighted, but they have now established a FREE RESOURCES AND OTHER STUFF” list on our Employee Bulletin Board where teachers can share resources or list things they would like to give away. I have also given scraps of pine to the art teachers to use for projects, but now I realize that I can list my requests on the Bulletin Board. For starters, I will ask for broken items to use for the EbD™ Invention and Innovation curriculum. With declining budgets and ITEA’s “Green” initiative, this is a win-win for all!
Any other Green ideas out there? We need to gather “Green Technology” lessons to put in a “Green Technology” area on the member’s section. Who has lessons to share?
Project 2061 Goes Electronic
Project 2061 has notified ITEA that its print newsletter, 2061 TODAY, will be discontinued. In the interests of environmental benefits of electronic media, Project 2061 will focus instead on expanding and improving its bimonthly online newsletter, Project 2061 Connections. Wherever you work and whatever your interest in science, mathematics, and technology education—at the K-12 or college level, in formal or informal settings—each issue will bring you new information and links to valuable resources. If you do not already receive Connections, go to http://pfoject2061.org/listpref to sign up for your free subscription.
From the Idea Garden
If you have never tried Idea Garden, ITEA’s listserv for educators, maybe now is the time. Take a look and see just a few of the recent postings.
Below are some resources that appeared on The Idea Garden on Monday, March 23:
And how about an international opportunity?
For more information on these programs, please visit: http://grad.usda.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=440.
New! International Handbook of Research and Development in Technology Education
ISBN 978-90-8790-877-5 hardback USD147/EUR135
NCATE Redesign and Transformation Proposal Out to Field
NCATE Seeks Field Comment on Proposed Redesign and Transformation Process
Boeing Expands Investment in Future Workforce Through FIRST ROBOTICS
The Boeing Company has announced a four-year national partnership with FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), valued at $4 million, to encourage students to explore careers in math and science. This expanded relationship builds upon an ongoing commitment by Boeing employees to help shape the future of technology innovation in the United States. FIRST is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people to participate in science and technology. Beginning in January, teams of high school students collaborate with adult mentors during an annual six-week period to design, build, and program robots from a common kit of parts for competition.
LUNACY, the 2009 FIRST competition challenge, commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission by staging all events on a low-friction floor to simulate gravity on the moon. During the match, teams recall the discoveries from the first manned mission to land on the moon as they maneuver robots to toss nine-inch "moon rocks" into trailers. FIRST attaches these moving targets to robots designed by the opposing teams as part of the challenge. More details about FIRST are at www.usfirst.org. Additional information about Boeing's educational support programs is online at www.boeing.com/companyoffices/aboutus/community/.
2009 Regional Winners Announced in World’s Largest Student Science Competition
The 17th annual Toshiba/National Science Teachers Association ExploraVision Awards Program announced its 2009 Regional Winners on March 4, 2009, honoring students for their creative ideas for beneficial future technologies. Sponsored by Toshiba and administered by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the ExploraVision program is one of the world’s largest K–12 science and technology competitions. This year, the program received 4,388 team entries representing the participation of 13,774 students from across the U.S. and Canada.
Inspiring Students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
JASON Training Seminars June 23-25 and July 15-16
Astronaut Teacher Candidates to be Announced at NewSpace Conference
Teachers in Space, America's next great astronaut program, will take a big step forward this summer. On July 18, Teachers in Space will announce the first six Pathfinder astronaut candidates. The announcement will be made at the NewSpace 2009 Conference, taking place at NASA Ames Research Center from July 17 to July 20.
"Teachers in Space wants to put a thousand astronaut teachers into American schools, within the next decade," said TIS project manager Edward Wright. "The Pathfinder astronauts will be the leaders, the first astronaut teachers to fly in space and return to the classroom. Last year, teachers from all across America applied for the chance to become a Pathfinder astronaut. Teachers in Space has evaluated hundreds of applications. Narrowing the pool has been a difficult task. We have many high-quality applicants who we're sure will fly in space eventually. This summer, we will announce the six teachers who are finalists for the first two Pathfinder astronaut flights."
For more information about Teachers in Space, see www.TeachersInSpace.org.
The Kepler Mission launched on March 6, 2009, on a search for habitable planets. The Kepler spacecraft will look at the very slight dimming of starlight as a planet passes in front of it. The spacecraft could find hundreds of Earth-size and smaller planets. The following opportunities are planned for educators.
Top Stars: Educators Invited to Submit Examples of Inspiring Uses of Hubble in Education
For almost 20 years, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has inspired and engaged educators and students of all ages. U.S. formal (K-12, college) and informal educators are invited to submit their best examples of using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics education. Those selected as "Top Stars" will receive national recognition and awards. Entries will be accepted from May 2009 through January 2, 2010.
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