is the area of education that specifically concerns the professional organization,
the International Technology Education Association (ITEA), and for which
ITEA’s Technology for All Americans Project (TfAAP) developed the
set of technological literacy standards contained in Standards
for Technological Literacy: Content for the Study of Technology
(STL) and Advancing
Excellence in Technological Literacy: Student Assessment, Professional
Development, and Program Standard (STL).
- Technology Education is also called the Study of Technology
or Technological Studies.
- Technology Education teaches about technology as an educational area
- Technology Education is concerned with a broad spectrum of technology,
which is any innovation, change, or modification of the natural environment
to satisfy perceived human needs and wants, and how technology accomplishes
this through the interrelated disciplines of math, science, engineering,
- The primary goal of Technology Education in grades K—12 is to
develop technological literacy in all students. Technological literacy
is the ability to use, manage, understand, and evaluate technology in
Educational Technology focuses on the use of computers, information
systems*, audiovisual equipment, and other media.
- Educational Technology is also called Instructional Technology
or Information Technology (IT)
- Educational Technology is mainly concerned with the narrow spectrum
of technologies used for communication and the dissemination of information.
- Educational Technology teaches through technology, instructing students
in the use of a relatively small set of tools developed by technology.
- The primary goal of Educational Technology in grades K—12 is
to enhance the teaching and learning process.
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Additional clarification between technology education and educational
technology is provided by the following article, which appeared in The
Technology Teacher, a professional* journal* published
by ITEA. The article is reproduced with permission from ITEA (PDF format,
5 pages, 131 KB).
For the convenience of those viewers who may be giving a
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vs. Educational Technology reiterates the primary points made above.
TfAAP was initiated and administered by ITEA and funded
by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Aeronautics
and Space Administration (NASA). It achieved its successful conclusion
and ended in October 2005.
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Glossary for the applicable meaning(s) of the denoted term(s).