Technology Education


A. Fricker
F. Hawley


The Technology Education Department at Burnaby Central is divided into 4 subject areas:


Principles of Learning Technology Education

Technology education should be guided by the principles of learning. These are:

  • Learning requires the active participation of the student
  • People learn in a variety of ways and at different rates
  • Learning is both an individual and a group process


Technology is embodied in devices that extend human capabilities. It provides the tools to extend our vision, to send and receive sounds and images from around the world, and to improve health, personal relationships, lifestyle, economies, and ecosystems.
Technology is a dominant force in today’s society. Technological literacy is as essential to participation in modern society as is numeracy and the ability to read and write. A technologically literate person uses tools, materials, systems, and processes in an informed, ethical, and responsible way. Technology education helps young people prepare to live and work in a technological world.

The Aim and Approach of The Curriculum

The aim of the Technology Education curriculum is to help students develop the technological literacy and lifelong learning patterns that they need to live and work effectively in a changing technological society. To achieve this, the curriculum provides a framework for students to learn how to design and make solutions to real-world problems.

Preparing for the Workplace

To meet career challenges, students must be able to make independent decisions, solve problems, work independently and co-operatively with others, and become technically competent. Technology education helps students develop the types of learning patterns that are required in today’s changing workplace.

Preparing the Citizen

To be responsible members of society, students must be aware of the ever-growing impacts of technology. They need to reflect critically on technology’s role in society and consider its positive and negative effects. Technology education fosters the development of skills and attitudes that increase students’ abilities to address the social and ethical issues of technological advancements.

Relevant to Everyone

The Technology Education curriculum is designed to provide learning opportunities for male and female students with a wide range of abilities. The instructional and assessment strategies used in Technology Education encourage students to apply skills and knowledge gained in and out of the classroom to the design and making of solutions to real-life problems. As students study technology related to the materials, tools, and processes used in their design and practical work, they develop research skills and learn how to evaluate their work. Because of the changing nature of society and the workplace, the skills, knowledge, and attitudes developed in technology education are relevant to many other areas of life.

Preparing for Further Education

The technology education curriculum spans Kindergarten to Grade 12. It provides a framework for students to solve problems using a design process and make what they have designed. The aim of the curriculum is to develop technological literacy and lifelong learning patterns that will enable students to live and work effectively in a changing technological society. The following provides an overview of technology education, Kindergarten to Grade 12.