• Career Cluster Technologies II
    8th Grade
    Collins-Riverside Middle School
    Mrs. Lisa Ford-Instructor
    Class Description:
    Career Cluster Technologies II provides students in Grade 8 with a more in-depth study of the knowledge and processes needed to further increase their level of technological literacy.  This course is aligned with the International Technology Education Association's Standards for Technological Literacy.  it includes instruction in technologies related to the sixteen career clusters and related pathways.  Students gain knowledge of advances ad innovations in technology and gain skills in the application of technologies in diverse areas including but not limited to, medicine, agriscience, energy and power, communication, transportation, manufacturing, and construction technologies.  Career and technical student organizations are integral, co-curricular components of each career and technical educational. These organizations serves as a means to enhance classroom instruction while helping students develop leadership abilities, expand workplace readiness skills, and broaden opportunities for personal and professional growth. Our
    Career/Technical Student Organization, TSA, Technology Student Association is an  integral, co-curricular component of this course.  The organization serves as a means to enhance  instruction while helping students develop leadership abilities,expand workplace-readiness skills, and broaden opportunities for personal/professional growth.  This course is taught for an eighteen-week period to eighth grade students only. There are no prerequisites required. 
    A required $25.0 course fee should be pad in full upon entering the class.
    There will be no distribution of textbooks.  A classroom set remains in the department for student use.  If a student is absent, he/she will need to check out a book from the teacher.
    Required Supplies:
    • 1" white three-ring binder with plastic overlays and loose leaf notebook paper.
    • Pen Pouch for Notebook
    Essential Functions:
    • Keep organized notebook.
    • Take accurate and useful class notes.
    • Complete assignments/homework.
    • Read and comprehend the text and supplemental readings.
    • Actively participate in class laboratories.  Perform work in cooperative groups in an orderly manner. 
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    Academic, attendance, and discipline policies of the school will be followed (see class responsibilities).  All students will have the opportunity for success in this classroom.  All requests for accommodations for this course are welcome from students and parents.  For a conference, please call:  342-2680 or email lford@tcss.net
    Content Standards:
    Students will:
    1.    Interpret characteristics, core concepts, and the scope of technology.
    2.    Identify core concepts of technology.
    3.    Interpret relationships among various technologies including connections between technology and other fields of study.
    4.    Critique the cultural, social economic, environmental, political, and historical effects of technology.
    5.    Appraise the influence of technology on history. 
    6.    Interpret the role of society in the development and use of technology.
    7.    Describe the attributes of design.
    8.    Explain attributes associated with engineering design.
    9.    Interpret the role of troubleshooting, research and development, invention and innovation, and experimentation in problem solving.
    10.  Apply the design process to solve problems in and beyond the laboratory and classroom.
    11.  Utilize tools needed to use, maintain, and assess technological products and systems.
    12.  Assess the impact of products and systems on society.
    13.  Interpret advances and innovations in medical technologies.
    14.  Interpret advances and innovations in agriculture and related bio-technologies.
    15.  Interpret advances and innovations in energy and power technologies.
    16.  Apply concepts associated with information and communication technologies.
    17.  Analyze advances and innovations in transportation services and methods for their effect on lifestyle and a mobile population.
    18.  Interpret advances and innovations in manufacturing technologies.
    19.  Explain concepts associated with construction technologies.
    20.  Describe the relationship of technology to Alabama's sixteen career clusters and associated pathways.

    Course Outline:
    Nature of Technology, Technology and Society, Design, Abilities for a Technological world, The Design World
    Essential Questions:
    1.  What is the nature of technology?
    2.  How does the use of technology impact cultural social, economic, environmental, political and historical societies?
    3.  What are attributes of design? 
    4.  What is the engineering design process and how is it applied to problem solving?
    5. What abilities are needed to live iin a technological world?
    6.  What changes and challenges do adolescents face in the 21st century?
    7.  What factors impact choosing a career?
    8.  Why is it important for a young person to begin exploring possible carers at an early age?
    Culminating Products:
    Each unit we address will have career options and a project(s) related to the unit.  Units will include:  Technology,  Food Preparation, Agriscience, Design, Mechanics.  Goal Setting, and Job Research

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