Technological Literacy

Project Status
Completed
June 08, 2011
September
20
2010
Technically Speaking Website
Technically Speaking homepage
The Technically Speaking website presents information and resources demonstrating why all American need to know more about technology. The site is temporarily down.
At-a-Glance
NAE projects focusing on Technological Literacy and K-12 education address important issues raised by the pervasive role of engineering and technology in society.
Objectives
  • NAE projects focusing on Technological Literacy and K-12 education address important issues raised by the pervasive role of engineering and technology in society.
Key Contacts
  • Greg Pearson
    Scholar, K-12 Engineering Education and Public Understanding of Engineering
    National Academy of Engineering
    E-mail
    Office
    202-334-2282

The NAE has completed several projects focusing on Technological Literacy.  These projects addresses important issues raised by the pervasive role of engineering and technology in society. 

A technologically literate person has knowledge of technology and is capable of using it effectively to accomplish various tasks. He or she can think critically about technological issues and acts accordingly.

This program was initiated in 2000 with a project that engaged NAE members in a extensive review of technological literacy standards developed by the International Technology Education Association (ITEA).  Additional projects following including a major effort to raise awareness among policymakers, the education community, and the public at large about the importance of technological literacy and the release of Technically Speaking, a report and website that stressed why all Americans need to know more about technology.

Completed projects include: