Some interpretations indicate that there is confusion about what the T in STEMM means; sometimes the use of computers as a tool is referred to as technology use while the true T or Technology in STEMM is much broader.

A broad definition: Technology consists of all the modifications humans have made in the natural environment for their own purposes - inventions, innovations, and changes intended to meet our wants and needs, to live longer, more productive lives.


Technology is human innovation in action. Technological Literacy goes beyond the mere use of technological devices to considering the wide range of factors involved in developing systems that solve problems and extend human capabilities.


As part of becoming technologically literate students need to learn about:


  •  Designing, developing, and utilizing technological systems

  •  Open-ended, problem-based design activities

  •  Cognitive, manipulative, and affective learning strategies

  •  Applying technological knowledge and processes to real world experiences using up-to-date resources

  •  Working individually as well as in a team to solve problems


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