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VCSU Technology Education In Action

The Technology Educaiton Department delivers a variety of teacher workshops. Listed below are short descriptions of several workshops as well as a representative photo from each. When you click on the photo or the link given, you will be directed to a full page of photos from that particular workshop.

Workshops are held regularly. Check the course offerings page for the schedule. Students really enjoy themselves and meet other people who share in their enthusiasm and educational situations.

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TECH 306L - Inventions & Innovations: Tech Ed for Children

The course focuses on innovation while providing tools and methods to empower the prospective teacher to use technology in an integrative role in the self-contained classroom.

10 students participated in this workshop. Activities included whirligigs, bridges made from drinking straws, playground models, rocket racers and several more. Many students were able to take this course without saying any tuition or material fees due to a Non-Traditional Training and Employment grant through the State of North Dakota. This grant funds projects that will increase the number of females and members of non-traditional populations in a given occupational area.
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TECH 310L - Design, Technology and Engineering for Children

The course focuses on the design process while providing tools and methods which will expand the range of activities possible in the elementary classroom through the use of technology.

11 students participated in this workshop where they completed several activities that enable technology to be integrated across the curriculum in an elementary classroom. Activities include spacesuit arms, prosthetic hands, a foam cutter, and several more. Many students involved were also funded by the Non-Traditional Training and Employment grant.
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K-12 Technological Literacy Workshop

This workshop is a special one developed in cooperation with the State of North Dakota Vocational-Technical Education department and CATTS, the national curriculum writing organization for the International Technology Education Association (ITEA). Teams of teachers from many North Dakota school districts participated in the 2 1/2 day event. Two national consultants conducted the workshop breakouts. Ed Ball is returning again from Michigan and Kim Weaver is joining us again from Maryland. This year the participants from the elementary grade level were paired up with participants from the middle and secondary grade levels. By doing this, participants were more easily able to make the connection between all grade levels. They also learned why it is important to understand what kids have learned or are going to learn through their school careers.
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Watch for information on future workshops. This is a great way to continue your professional development while having fun learning new activities for your classroom.