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Technology Education

Welcome to Memorial University's Technology Education web page. Contained within you will find links to many resources that will assist you in your studies within this exciting area of concentration.

Technology Education is a program that is offered at the Intermediate and Secondary school level in many Canadian provinces. Content varies from province to province but the overall make up of the programs share many commonalities. To prepare teachers to become effective Technology Education instructors it is important that you have the information that is required to make an informed decision about your involvement in this area of study.

The Bachelor of Education (Intermediate/Secondary) Conjoint with the Diploma in Technology Education program will prepare the Intermediate and Secondary teacher to deliver a comprehensive Technology Education program within the school shop. Students entering this course of study must complete 69 credit hours in total, of which 24 credit hours must be in the area of Technology Education. The Diploma in Technology Education offered at Memorial University of Newfoundland is made up of EIGHT courses that cover the core units of instruction within the new Technology Education/Skilled Trades program. Participants in this program will experience a wide variety of hands on practical experiences similar to the activities that will be encountered in the school shop environment. Students looking to complete this program of study has a second teachable area should have a keen interest in working in this environment. Although prior skilled trade knowledge and/or experience are not required for entrance into this area it would be a valuable asset to have both.

Course Overviews

Education 2711: Course Organization and Development in Technology Education

Provides the curriculum foundations for study in Technology Education. Through an examination of the technological underpinnings of the program students develop an understanding of the international, national, regional and local evolution of the discipline. Students build competencies with outcomes based curricula and the principles of curriculum foundations, and lesson planning. Students examine the principles of lab management including a study of the hazards unique to this learning environment. students will also examine the issues related to professional learning within the teaching profession.

This course will be taught using a variety of pedagogy including lecture/discussion and cooperative learning. You will be encouraged to express your point of view and to raise issues and concerns about teaching and learning practices in Technology Education. Your participation and the completion of student presentations are expected and planned. Independent and group assessments will be completed.


Education 2750: Introductory Design and Materials Processing Technology (ISI)(48 Hrs)

Is a laboratory based course that provides students with the opportunity to develop practical skills in the area of materials processing. Students will receive instruction in the use of 3D drawing software that well be applied to produce working drawings used to fabricate items later in the course. Much of the time allotted for this course will be spent on the development of fabrication skills in woods, metals and/or plastics. Effective shop management and maintenance of a safe and clean workspace will be encouraged at all times.

Instruction in this course will be hands on to allow time to practice the skills required to be an effective Technology Teacher. Demonstrations on tools and procedures will be done to facilitate progress throughout the fabrication process. Students will be required to write and pass a series of safety tool quizzes to confirm that they are aware of the standard operating procedure for the tools used in the course and the school shop.


Education 2752: Teaching Current and Emerging Power Technology systems (ISI) ( 48 Hrs)

This course provides teacher candidates an opportunity to apply current teaching and learning strategies within the context of studying issues that relate to society's use of energy. Students will explore the principles of operation of the internal combustion engine by working through a series of practical laboratory based activities. These activities will provide opportunities for students to develop the necessary skill set to effectively teach the procedures required to troubleshoot and maintain these devices.

Wind, Solar and Hydrogen technologies will also be studied within the scope of this course. Design groups will utilize the Design Process to study real world problems that will permit the application of cross-curricular learning strategies to research and develop possible solutions. Documentation of the learning process will be achieved by the development and maintenance of a student portfolio throughout the course. Current online resources will be identified and used to facilitate the delivery of up to date information on the issues being studied.

Major topics of study include: fundamentals of sustaniable energy production and control, the redevelopment and use of traditional energy sources, application of Solar energy, wind power production and Fuel Cell development and utilization.

Education 3750: Intermediate Design and Materials Processing Technology (ISI) (48 Hours)

This course will provide opportunity for teacher canadiates to develop a more indept understanding of the current issues that are present in the consrtuction industry. Students will engage in a variety of pedagogy that will provide them with the knowledge and the practical skills that are pre-requite to the effective delivery of this program at the intermediate and secondary level. To facilitate the development of the practical skill set required students will work through a number of small and large group skill building activities that will provide valuable hands-on experience. Teacher lead demonstrations of tools and procedures will provide exemplars of how to present technical information to intermediate and secondary students in a format that is age specific. Large and small group presentations along with research assignments will be used as a vehicle to develop a basic knowledge of the National Building Code (NBC) in the selected skillled trades. Problem based learning activities and full scale simulations will be utilized whenever viable to add further authenicity to the delivery of this course. Documentation of the learning experiences and reflective insights gained during the duration of the course will be achieved using the D2L e-portifilo application.

This course is a skills intensive laboratory course that will provide instruction and practice in the following core units; Residential Electrical , Residential Plumbing, Residential Carpentry, Drywall installation and Ceramic tile application. Students can expect a mininum of two written exams to measure the level of mastery of key concepts. Small group research assignments will be completed to support the hands-on work activities experienced during the duration of the course.


Education 3751: Teaching Intermediate Communication Technology (ISI) (48 Hours)

Is a activity based course that explores communication through the use of current digital technoloogies. students will be provided opportunities through hands on activities to explore a wide variety of software and hardware that will assist in the development of the skills necessary to deliver this program. To provide the application of the skills and knowledge developed during the completion of the exploratory activities,students will be presented with a real world problem situation. Using the Design Process as a template for study and working in small group, students will develop a viable resolution to the assigned problem. Documentation of the process will be achieved through the development of a webpage/ portfolio. The group webpage/portfolio will contain samples of work items and reflective entries that will serve as a formative evaluation item.

Core units of study contained in this course include digital graphic production, analog and digital audio, video production, 2D and 3D animation and development of a multimedia web page/ portfolio. Throughout the course students will use the web page/ portfolio to document completed work items that make up the major curricilum project. Student working groups will present their finding to the whole class and lead a discussion of the proposed solution to fulfill the academic requirements for this course.

Education 4750: Teaching Integrated Materials and Production Processes (ISI) (48 Hrs)

This course will provide prospective Technology Education teachers with the skills necessary to introduce students to the current trends in advanced materials processing. Using 3D modeling software students will develop the ability to view the final product long before the actual fabrication is completed. Computer Numeric Control (CNC) in conjunction with fluidic and digital control systems are common place in industry today. Student will experience firsthand how such systems are integrated to maximize the efficiency of the production process.

Students will receive instruction through teacher lead demonstrations on the setup and safe operation of the various pieces of equipment. Self paced tutorials will be utilized to encourage independent learning by guiding students through various operational procedures. To augment this practical learning environment, lectures and class discussions will be used to consolidate newly developed skills with current instructional strategies. Use of online recourses will allow students to gain access to background information that is pertinent to successfully completing the assigned skill development activities. Throughout the course students will be expected to complete work in both large and small instructional groups, characteristic of the school shop. Portfolio development and direct application of the Design Process to resolve real world issues will be used as a means of documenting the learning process.

Education 4752: Teaching Robotic Systems in the Intermediate and Secondary School

Robotic devices serve many functions in today's society. Deep sea explorers and developers study inaccessible parts of the ocean floor by using remote controlled vehicles specially designed to withstand the crushing pressure found there. The automotive industry has used robotic technology for decades to perform procedures that would be hazardous to workers. Security forces use remotely controlled robots to handle dangerous items that may be explosive or injurious to the heath of fellow personnel. The uses of robotic applications continue to rise annually as human ingenuity and technological advancements progress. Intermediate and secondary Technology education teachers must be provided opportunities to develop the necessary skill set to effectively teach this highly specialized area of study.

Teacher candidates will receive practical instruction in the theories and application of current teaching and learning strategies within the context of the technology education laboratory. Students will be introduced to the key concepts in the fabrication and programming of robotic devices through the use of self paced tutorials and "just in time " teacher demonstrations. Instructor presentations, large and small group design sessions will be utilized to develop a deeper understanding of the key concepts in robotics and how creative teaching techniques can be applied in this unique setting. Application of research skills will be used extensively to develop creative solutions to real world problems that will be studied within the context of this course. Teacher candidates will be required to maintain an online portfolio and document the learning process through the use of the Design Process Model inherent in all the technology education program offerings. Specifics on the content and format of the digital portfolio will be supplied by the instructor of the course at time of delivery.

Education 4753: Teaching Residential Construction Technology in the Secondary School

This course will provide technology/skilled trades teachers with learning activities that will facilitate the development of a safe and effective learning environment. Teacher candidates will be provided opportunities to experiment with varied teaching and learning strategies within the context of residential construction. Students will learn the details of wood frame construction techniques that allow for the installation of doors and windows and related trim work. Instruction will also be received in the application of current siding systems, stair construction, standard roofing procedures and the installation of flooring materials.

The overall delivery of this course will be practical in nature requiring students to work through a number of small group exploratory activities that will develop confidence and the unique skill set required. Instructor lead demonstrations on tools usage and construction techniques and practices will be provided as a model to ensure safe operational procedures within the shop. Large group discussions and lectures will be embedded within the delivery of this course to provide technical and pedagogy information as required. Students, on occasion may be asked to participate in the pre-fabrication of real world projects to allow for further skill development and practice. Application of the Design Process will be utilized as a model to document the learning process by developing a portfolio of the experiences encountered. Research of online resources and other medias will be used to develop a more in-depth knowledge base of the National Building Code (NBC) in relation to residential construction technologies and related topics.