has widespread applications in mapping and aerial surveying—but you don’t
have to send students up in an airplane to teach it! This activity simulates
aerial mapping and surveying in the classroom by turning it into a horizontal
This project appeared in the October 2008 issue of techdirections.
It has been reformatted for easy classroom use.
Bar Activity Teaches CAD, Math, and Design
Students develop, design, and produce candy bars and wrappers,
moving from concept through production. Includes step-by-step student directions.
This interdisciplinary activity introduces students to graphic
design; basic drawing; sketching and rendering; measuring area, volume and weight;
oral and written technical communication; applied problem solving; marketing;
consumer research; environmental education; recycling; and considerations of
form, function, and aesthetics.
an Effective Newsletter
of a newsletter using Microsoft Word makes an excellent project for technology
students that's relevant to real-world communication.
Scytale transposition ciphers,
substitution ciphers, picture alphabets, grill ciphers and one-time systems
are all covered. Includes two encryption activities, one of which requires middle
schoolers to build and use an encryption wheel. Mini
project, only $2.95.
Camera Project for Beginners
Kids enjoy taking pictures, right? And you know how much they like asking questions
about each other. This project combines both of those activities plus teaches
interviewing techniques and simple photo-manipulation skills. The activity’s
end result is photo-illustrated Word document—perfect for upper elementary
and middle school students. Project includes student objectives, material list,
suggested interview questions, vocabulary list, resources, and a list of state
Getting started with digital
photography is easy. Using Photoshop Elements, a "lite" version of
Photoshop, you can introduce your students to the subject with some good hands-on
projects. Here are details on everything you need, plus activities with detailed
Recycling Through Communications Project
Students assess the amount of school cafeteria waste being thrown
out or recycled then design and produce tent-card advertising to encourage recycling.
Includes student worksheets, follow-up questions, and an assessment/grading
Students learn the background
and key technologies involved in communicating and archiving information through
four hands-on activities: inventing a new alphabet, constructing a pinhole camera,
constructing a motorized cinema viewer and constructing a hand-crank record
Optics: The Firefly Communicator
Using simple components that
include a battery, light-emitting diode, momentary switch and fiber optic cable,
students build an LED communication transmitter.
Project Teaches Design and Language Skills
Students learn about our patterns of water use and the importance
of conservation, then practice both design and language arts skills by producing
multilingual computer generated hangtags.
Guide to Scanning and Photoshop
is a large, complicated program that often overwhelms high school students,
but this step-by-step introduction makes it manageable even for beginners.
Design: Packaging Design
develop a solution to a packaging design problem by first creating a design
portfolio of sketches, then a technical drawing of the best solution, and finally
the package itself using simple, inexpensive materials.
Job Search Skills 101
Help students develop skills to land a good job. Activities provide practice with writing resumés, cover and follow-up letters, and creating portfolios. How to dress, body language, and answering questions effectively are also covered as students team up to practice the interviewing process. This project appeared in the March 2011 issue of Tech Directions.
It has been reformatted for easy classroom use and also includes an interview evaluation form and lots of sample interview questions.
With a few easy-to-obtain
electronic components, students make a transmitter that will broadcast a pulsating
signal on a nearby FM radio.
Camera for Science, Art, and Fun
A pinhole camera is a camera without a lens—a
tiny hole replaces the lens. Having students make their own camera, take photographs,
and develop the pictures is a rewarding experience. It also helps students understand
the properties and nature of light and better understand the function of a lens
in the eye and other optical devices.
Solving with Commercial Illustrations
Use design of signs and packaging
to teach students valuable problem-solving skills.
Eye-Catching Silk Screen Projects with Digital Posterizations
Silk-screening project makes it easy
for students to produce inspiring results on a relatively low budget. Great
companion to our Silk Screening Across the Curriculum project (see below).
Students learn the design
process used in industry and use CAD to create appropriate packaging for products
of varying shapes.
Using inexpensive materials,
students build a small pin-hole camera and learn the principles of photography.
learn about wireless communication in the course of modifying a recycled AM
radio that will give them access to international shortwave broadcasts at minimal
Screening Across the Curriculum
Teaching silk screening can integrate
design, art, science and history in the technology education classroom. This
activity provides ample background on the subject, along with step-by-step silk-screening
Duotone Production with Screen Printing
You can teach halftone or
duotone printing even if you don't have access to an offset press. Teaching
those processes through screen printing also maximizes instructional value because
it produces enlarged dots that students can easily see.
PowerPoint to Introduce Graphic Design
Use this readily available
software to introduce graphic design concepts. Students select an image of a
cell phone from the Internet, then render it using PowerPoint drawing tools.
Famous Technologists Posters
Students practice research,
word processing, design and information technology skills, and learn a bit of
technology history, in the course of making a poster of a notable technologist
or inventor. Mini
project, only $2.95.
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