Inside Mr. Leis' Classroom
In order for technology to be effective in today's education system, it needs to be intelligently integrated into a rich, meaning-centered curriculum.
Accomplishing this goal requires designing new kinds of creative learning environments involving the collaboration of all stakeholders in educational reform - teachers, students, administrators and parents. The program and course content is student centered and is designed to develop insights and understandings of the application of technological concepts, processes and systems. All activities use uands-on experiences to motivate students to make connections between concepts and real-world applications. Students are challenged to use the technology education facility to design, apply materials, machines, instrumentation, processes and technical concepts in an efficient and safe manner.
Activities and lessons develop a student's problem-solving and decision-making abilities through the use of human and material resources, processes and technological systems. Students will be prepared for life-long learning in a technological society because they will be exposed to activity-oriented laboratory experiences that reinforce abstract concepts with concrete experiences. This combined "know-how" and the "ability to do" in carrying out technological work transforms technological understanding, communication skills, language art skills, social and societal understandings, mathematical concepts and scientific knowledge into reality.