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A Powerful Approach for Cultivating Technological Literacy

VisTE is a National Science Foundation funded project, which promotes technological literacy by linking to the Standards for Technological Literacy through the study of visualization, science, and technology. Over a three year period, our project team will develop, pilot, and evaluate 12 units for technology education in grades 8-12. These units will…

  • Promote effective use of graphics to communicate scientific and technical information
  • Support conceptual and theoretical problem solving through an inquiry-driven design brief format
  • Allow visualization of both qualitative and quantitative data
  • Support National Standards in Technology, Science and Mathematics
  • Promote positive attitudes toward technology
VisTE Topics
  • Principles of Visualization Skills
  • Agricultural and Related Biotechnologies
  • Medical Technologies
  • Transportation Technologies
  • Information and Communication Technologies
Proposed Goals For Student Learning
  • Create visualizations using basic design skills, graphing, image processing, 2D and 3D modeling, animation and simulation
  • Manipulate and manage data, including the use of spreadsheets and application of mathematical principles
  • Master a wide variety of computer data input and output devices that handle audio, video, static graphic, and alphanumeric-based information
  • Create and deliver multimedia presentations
  • Become a Problem Solver using design briefs
  • Combine creativity with computers
  • Explore careers in scientific and technical visualization

Project Rationale
National emphasis is being placed on schools to produce technologically literate students. A technologically literate person understands and effectively communicates basic technological concepts, processes, and interrelationships with science and society. Through instruction in scientific and technical visualizations, the VisTE project focuses on helping students achieve technological literacy by...
  • Developing computer-based technical units that increase student interest and competencies in technology
  • Fostering interdisciplinary instruction by helping teachers link technology education to concepts in math and science
  • Supporting authentic learning experiences that appeal to diverse learners and learning styles
  • Teaching communication skills that cut across all content areas of the technology education standards
  • Challenging students to evaluate the societal impacts of certain technologies
  • Emphasizing the process of creativity and innovation associated with technological inventions
  • Allowing students to experience practical applications of science and mathematics in a technology education environment
VisTE Project Partners
  • NC State University
  • NC Dept. of Public Instruction
  • Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)
  • AutoDesk, Inc.
  • Discreet
  • Research Triangle Institute (RTI)
  • Standards for Technological Literacy: International Technology Education Association
  • Seven pilot sites (located in PA, NC,VA,TX,OK,FL)
Project History
  • 1993-95: Scientific Visualization (SciVis) taught at NCSU; need to reach broader population in graphics
  • 1995: Secondary school drafting curriculum
  • 1996-1998: Tech-Prep Innovation Grant to develop a two-year curriculum in SciVis
  • 1998-1999: Development of a college level course titled “Technical Data Presentation”
  • 1998-2000: Tech-Prep Innovation Grant to develop curriculum support materials and resources for SciVis
  • Currently: Need for graphic literacy through the integration of visualization, design, science, and technology, especially materials for the new technology standards for technology education. (VisTE)
  • 2002 - 2005 VisTE Grant from NSF#ESI-0137811
  • 2005 VisTE Supplement From NSF#ESI-0137811
  • 2006 Gaming in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)
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College of Education
National Science Foundation Website VisTE Home Page VisTE Project • NC State University • College of Education, Dept. of Mathematics, Science, & Technology Education • Box 7801 • Raleigh, NC 27695-7801

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