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TfAAP Resources

Interpreting and Implementing the Standards

Note: The ITEA-TfAAP webpages are intended to present the reader with an historical perspective of the project and the ground-breaking work it accomplished. The TfAAP web pages are archival and will not continue to be updated. After the TfAAP web pages were archived in January 2006, ITEA had a name change and became the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA). The name was not changed on these archival pages.

The following resources* are provided to assist in the interpretation and implementation* of the set of educational 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 Standards (AETL). The standards were developed for the International Technology Education Association (ITEA) by its Technology for All Americans Project (TfAAP). Although TfAAP ended in October 2005, these resources remain pertinent to the continuing effort towards effective,* standards-based reform* of technology education* in the United States.

Articles
Here you will find articles relating to the standards and addressing topics including technological literacy*, classroom practice, and program promotion. The articles, dating from 1997 to 2005, also provide additional insight into the direction and progress of TfAAP.

Condensed Glossary
This is a list of the terms used in the TfAAP web pages and their specific definitions as they apply to education in general and technological literacy in particular. Applying different or additional meanings to these terms may misconstrue the intent of ITEA and TfAAP. Throughout the TfAAP web area terms included in this glossary have been denoted by italics (e.g., technological literacy*). The glossary will open in a separate browser window.

Presentations
These Microsoft PowerPoint® presentations were developed to acquaint individuals with the standards and their addenda. Viewers who do not use a Microsoft Windows or Mac operating system will be unable to open these files.

Curriculum & Standards Specialists
Originally referred to as Standards Specialists, this cadre of specially trained educators* remains available to provide presentations or conduct workshops*. This section includes two sample Microsoft PowerPoint® presentations developed to provide a general overview of STL during a half or full-day workshop.

Technology Education vs. Educational Technology
Technology education* and educational technology* are two completely different fields that are often confused. This page will help you to understand the difference and enable you to distinguish between them.

TfAAP was initiated and administered by ITEA, and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

* Consult the Condensed Glossary for the applicable meaning(s) of the denoted term(s).


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