Elsie MacGill Secondary School

Technological Education at EMSS

What is Technological Education?

Definition of Technology:

Technology education (also called ed tech or tech ed) is the study of technology. It is designed to teach students to be prepared for a number of technology-related fields, and to learn about technology within specific fields of study. Teachers cover topics related to technology processes, concepts and knowledge.The broad philosophy of technological education is that students learn best by doing, so the curriculum adopts an activity-based and project-driven approach.

What are the 7 areas of technology?

The seven Areas of Technology

  1. Medical Technologies.....

  2. Agriculture and Biotechnology. ...

  3. Energy and Power Technologies. ...

  4. Communication Technology. ...

  5. Transportation Technology. ...

  6. Construction Technology. ...

  7. Manufacturing Technology....

Safety. (All living things, Environment, Universe, etc.... ) Safety is the key component of any listed technologies and must be present in any innovation and invention.












Technological Education Course Offerings

  • Communication Technology GR. 10-12: This course introduces students to communications technology from a media perspective. Students will work in the areas of TV/video and movie production, radio and audio production, print and graphic communications, photography, and interactive new media and animation. Student projects may include computer-based activities such as creating videos, editing photos, working with audio, cartooning, developing animations, and designing web pages. Students will also develop an awareness of environmental and societal issues related to communications technology, and will explore secondary and postsecondary education and training pathways and career opportunities in the various communications technology fields.


  • Computer Technology GR. 10-12: This course introduces students to computer systems, networking, and interfacing, as well as electronics and robotics. Students will assemble, repair, and configure computers with various types of operating systems and application software. Students will build small electronic circuits and write computer programs to control simple peripheral devices or robots. Students will also develop an awareness of related environmental and societal issues, and will learn about secondary and postsecondary pathways and career opportunities in computer technology.


  • Transportation Technology GR. 10-12: This course introduces students to the service and maintenance of vehicles, aircraft, and/or watercraft. Students will develop knowledge and skills related to the construction and operation of vehicle/craft systems and learn maintenance and repair techniques. Student projects may include the construction of a self-propelled vehicle or craft, engine service, tire/wheel service, electrical/battery service, and proper body care. Students will develop an awareness of related environmental and societal issues, and will explore secondary and postsecondary pathways leading to careers in the transportation industry


  • Manufacturing Technology GR. 10-12: This course introduces students to the manufacturing industry by giving them an opportunity to design and fabricate products using a variety of processes, tools, and equipment. Students will learn about technical drawing, properties and preparation of materials, and manufacturing techniques. Student projects may include a robotic challenge, a design challenge, or a fabrication project involving processes such as machining, welding, vacuum forming, or injection moulding. Students will develop an awareness of environmental and societal issues related to manufacturing, and will learn about secondary and postsecondary pathways leading to careers in the industry.


  • Construction Technology GR. 10-12: This course introduces students to building materials and processes through opportunities to design and build various construction projects. Students will learn to create and read working drawings; become familiar with common construction materials, components, and processes; and perform a variety of fabrication, assembly, and finishing operations. They will use a variety of hand and power tools and apply knowledge of imperial and metric systems of measurement, as appropriate. Students will develop an awareness of environmental and societal issues related to construction technology, and will explore secondary and postsecondary pathways leading to careers in the industry.


  • Design Technology GR. 10-12: This course provides students with opportunities to apply a design process to meet a variety of technological challenges. Students will research projects, create designs, build models and/or prototypes, and assess products and/or processes using appropriate tools, techniques, and strategies. Student projects may include designs for homes, vehicles, bridges, robotic arms, clothing, or other products. Students will develop an awareness of environmental and societal issues related to technological design, and will learn about secondary and postsecondary education and training leading to careers in the field.


  • Integrated Technology GR. 9: This course enables students to further explore and develop technological knowledge and skills introduced in the elementary science and technology program. Students will be given the opportunity to design and create products and/or provide services related to the various technological areas or industries, working with a variety of tools, equipment, and software commonly used in industry. Students will develop an awareness of environmental and societal issues, and will begin to explore secondary and postsecondary education and training pathways leading to careers in technology-related fields.


Future offerings: SHSM/OYAP

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Discover Your Future

WHY EVERY STUDENT SHOULD TAKE TECH:

1. Become Self Reliant

When we learn to build or fix things, we develop a sense of independence.

2. Understand the Principles of STEAM/STEM

Students learn better with hands-on “project based learning”. Students must understand the basics of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) if their projects are to succeed. These projects make their math and science curriculum more relevant.

3. Learn the Value of Perseverance

In Tech class, perseverance is encouraged. There’s more than one way to get the job done.

4. Helps Students Find Their Strengths

Students learn to be creative and innovative in Tech classes. There’s nothing like taking an idea or concept and making it a reality.

5. Explores the Skilled Trades

Note: Stats Canada has estimated that one million skilled trade workers will be needed by the year 2025. This will be the largest sector for employment in the near future. Technological skills are important for careers in engineering, design, and business. Many high school graduates claim that their tech class was a critical part of their education.