Technology

The Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Department fits into the Technology section of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme curriculum model.

The IB Programme defines technology as “…the know-how and creative processes that may assist people to utilize tools, resources and systems to solve problems and to enhance control over the natural and man-made environment in an endeavor to improve the human condition…”

Thus, technology can be viewed as the total practical solutions found by people.  It is associated with material objects and is the product of  inventing, calculating, designing, making, constructing, etc.

Technology has to do with people making or using things—processes that are at the heart of Family and Consumer Sciences classes.


AIMS & OBJECTIVES

MYP Technology is designed to create a balance between the imparting of skills, the acquisition of techniques and knowledge, and the growth and awareness of the students’ personal response.

AIMS

The aims of any MYP subject and the personal project state in a general way what the teacher may expect to teach or do, and what the student may expect to experience or learn. In addition they suggest how the student may be changed by the learning experience.

The aims of MYP Technology are to:

  • Encourage an awareness of the impact of technology on society and the environment
  • Develop an appreciation of the international and intercultural aspects of technology
  • Provide a variety of technological information and ideas
  • Encourage curiosity, ingenuity, resourcefulness, and discrimination
  • Stimulate self-confidence through the knowledge and application of technology
  • Develop practical skills through the creation of products/solutions
  • Promote effective, informed, appropriate communication
  • Foster responsibility for designs, decisions, actions and assessment
  • Promote effective cooperation and respect for individual differences when responding to technological challenges
  • Develop logical-thinking skills

As well as the knowledge necessary to work towards these aims, the students will acquire a number of skills.

  • Practical skills the ability to complete given tasks
  • Analytical skills the collection, interpretation and use of information
  • Organizational skills the planning of work and meeting deadlines
  • Social skills the communication of ideas

OBJECTIVES

The objectives of any MYP subject and of the personal project state the specific targets set for learning in the subject. They define what the learner will be able to do, or do better, as a result of studying the subject.

MYP Technology is based on a model of learning which incorporates knowledge, research, skills and design principles in problem-solving contexts, whilst at the same time maximizing the use of local and readily available resources. The design cycle is at the core of the programme and it is expected that students will use the process in all technology-related learning. The four elements of the design cycle are listed below (A-D). The objectives of technology listed below are final objectives and they describe what students should be able to do by the end of the course. These objectives have a direct correspondence with the final assessment criteria, A-D.

A. INVESTIGATE

B. PLAN

C. CREATE A PRODUCT/SOLUTION

D. EVALUATE

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Identify problems or needs
  • Formulate questions and a design specification
  • Use appropriate sources
  • Collect, select and organize information and materials
  • Compare and contrast information
  • Interpret information
  • Search for solutions or designs which could be adapted
  • Research the potential social significance of the product/solution
  • At the end of the course, students should be able to:
  • Judge, test and choose resources
  • Experiment and seek alternatives
  • Develop and synthesize ideas
  • Identify priorities
  • Predict outcomes
  • Create and communicate a logical sequence of work
  • Plan the use of time and resources
    At the end of the course, students should be able to:
  • Use tools and equipment safely and efficiently
  • Follow a design specification
  • Monitor the quality of work
  • Use appropriate techniques, materials and equipment
  • Consider modifications to the design specification
  • Decide on the presentation of the product/solution and techniques used.
    At the end of the course, student should be able to:
  • Judge the effectiveness of the product/solution as compared to the original need Judge the quality of the product/solution as compared to the original need Assess the efficiency of the process Suggest ways to improve the product/solution Reflect on the social significance of the product/solution Make a self-assessment
  • Consider the information revealed through product testing or performance evaluation by others.

School Info

North View Middle School: An International Baccalaureate World School
5869 69th Ave N
Brooklyn Park MN  55429
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Diana Bledsoe

Assistant Principals
Alex Berg
Scott Huffman

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Mike Loberg
Jamie Oliver