Technology education classes allow students to learn and interact with technology.
Technological education is simply the study of technology, in the same way that arts education is the study of art and English education is the study of the English language. It usually consists of theoretical study as well as understanding the historical context of advances in technology so that students have a complete picture of how technology has evolved and developed. Typically, this type of class also involves some practical knowledge, allowing students to interact and develop technology to better understand the principles behind what they are learning. Technology education as its own field outside of general scientific inquiry is a fairly recent field of study, but it has become increasingly important in the developing regions of the world.
Technology education can be part of an adult learning program.
Proper implementation of technology in the classroom is often an important part of technology education, although not always essential. Students can learn a lot about essential advances in technology through books, lectures, and research without technology actually being present in the classroom. This allows schools that may not have the necessary funds to provide many computers to students to still be able to teach certain aspects of computers and digital technology. The historical context of technological development, for example, can certainly be understood through learning from books and lectures.
This type of technology education can be very important, since one of the common concerns regarding technological advances is the ethical aspects of such developments. On a theoretical level, the ethical consequences of developing new technologies can be discussed and better understood by students interested in technology. While this type of education is often quite effective, it has its limitations and more practical efforts are often required for a fully realized understanding of the technology. Going beyond the theoretical aspects of technology education often requires that the technology is actually present and can be used by students.
Technology education is often hands-on in this regard, and while some time can be spent discussing how a simple circuit board works, it is often more useful to design and build a circuit board to fully understand it. In some respects, technology education is sometimes considered a specialization and left to technical schools to teach students. As developments in technology and the digital revolution have become more common and integrated into almost every aspect of modern society, however, this type of education has become more prominent and especially important for students. This can be seen in the separation of technology teaching into its own field of study, outside of more general science classes.