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 AND ENGINEERING EDUCATORS 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.
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
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
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.
& 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.
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).