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Frequently Asked Questions

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1)                             Q. Will I receive both  ’on-screen’ teachware and paper-based teachware?


                                A. Yes, and they can be used together, separately, or in any combination that works for each individual student or your teaching style.

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2)                             Q .What new student experiences will be offered?


A.       Hands-on opportunities to explore technologies that are currently being used in business and industry globally. Students will be able

                to test potential career options and realize the academic path needed in each career.  Math, Science and Reading are applied

                 in a technical environment and used by students to solve problems while working together.

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3)                      Q .What is the reason for this “philosophical refocusing?”


A.       Students engaged in discussion, problem solving, design, research, and the development and application of technical devices need to

study and learn in a technology laboratory.  This will ensure a learning environment for efficient and safe work.

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4)                             Q .What are the goals for student outcomes/results?


A.       The ultimate goal is to have every student who graduates from high school to be technologically literate.  Some students who study technology

 will pursue technological careers after graduation, such as engineering, architecture, computer science, biomedical technology, and technology

 education teacher.  The technological literacy         level of graduates should provide the foundation for a lifetime of learning about technology.

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5)                              Q .How will this be evaluated?


A .We are able to use specific reports that address the National Standards for Technology Education as defined by the Technology For All Americans Program.

                 Automatic tracking of student activities is instantly correlated to state Math, Science, and Technology outcomes as defined by SCANS competencies. 

                Students will take a resume of acquired skills with them into their future careers.

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6)                       Q.  What are the similarities and dissimilarities between labs


A.       Each ScanTEK lab is completely different from the others.  Teachers develop their programs differently and have their own goals, which they expect their students to reach.  Discipline is handled differently in each.  We provide the resources, teachers provide the learning environment and shape the   program to fit students’ needs.

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7)                     Q.What are the pros and cons of making such a change?


A.       The first few months are stressful while the instructor learns along with the students, this is when support from the dealer is very important, it helps keep the

 teachers comfort level high.  Every one of my teachers enjoys teaching ScanTEK more than they did the old way, even one who says he went

 into it  “Kicking and screaming.”

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8)                   Q. Are the computers internet accessible?


A.       Internet access is possible if the school is equipped to provide it through its network.  Internet usage within the modules is confined to simulations for safety,

appropriateness, and stability of the resources (knowing that the information we need will be there when we need it).

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9)                 Q. Can I teach CAD at all station?.


A.       Yes, Rock Valley and Mo. Valley are currently doing this.  You can easily put tests from any other class on the management system to provide automatic,

 paperless and impartial grading.  Instructor grades may also be added, adjustments made and weightings adjusted.

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10)                Q. What are the objective reports telling me? 


A.       The objectives were used as guidelines in developing the curriculum.  It shows you the educational quality of each module's content.  Questions within the

modules are automatically linked to these objectives to assess the student's competency in each activity.  “SCANS” basic academic skills are assessed in a

 similar way to report math, reading, writing, speaking and listening.  We are able to report the National Standards for Technology Education as defined by

 the Technology For All Americans Program.  These are used together in preparing a Student Portfolio that becomes a permanent record of student

achievement.  This is also used within ClassACT to start an optional automatic remediation program when a student weakness is detected.  Students

are presented with a short lesson that covers that particular basic skill topic.

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11)                 Q. How can I use the 30 day curriculum to enhance existing classes?  Can all computers be used for Alternative Energy assignment?


A.       Modules are designed as complete stand-alone workstations. Some schools use specific parts from their modules to demonstrate a specific principle to the entire class

 or to a Physics class, for example. Software can be used in any way that conforms to the licensing agreement for that software program.

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12)                           Q. I don’t understand the  5/5/10/30 module format.


A.       The ScanTEK 10 day program is presented as two separate 5-day programs.  Each 5-day has its own pre and post tests.  Most schools use a 10-day rotation,

but it can be used as either a 5-day rotation or a 10-day rotation. 10 day = 5+5.  The ScanTEK 30 day program is a seamless addition to the 10-day program.

It consists of two separate 15-day programs.  This adds greater versatility to the amount of days spent in a module before rotating to the next one.  Most schools

use a 30-day rotation for this course, but you could run a Working With Technology I course using the first 15-day rotation followed by a Working With Technology

II course using the second 15-day rotation. 30 day = 15+15.  It is possible to run a 25-day rotation using a combination of 5+5+15, or a complete 40-day rotation

using a 5+5+15+15 combination.


e.g.   Course Rotation=Curriculum


                  5   = 5

                  10 = 5+5

                  25 = 5+5+15

                  30 = 15+15 (prerequisite - ScanTEK 10 day)

                  40 = 5+5+15+15


                                Each 10-assignment guide contains 6 enrichment activities and each 30-assignment guide also includes nine enrichment activities, including problem solving, report writing,

and group presentations.  These are additional to the 10 & 30 assignments and can be used when a student completes the assignments before the end of the rotation.  An

 automatic scheduler determines student pairings and study. Student’s preference can be taken into account.  It also keeps track of modules a student has taken to avoid

repetition in future years. Attendance can be taken automatically when students are logged on.

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13)                           Q. What Specifically is the SCANS report and how do Tech Lab and ScanTEK reports handle this?


A. The Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) was formed by the Secretary of Labor.  It included distinguished representatives from education,

 business, labor, and government.  Their mission, as expressed in the SCANS final report Learning a Living:  A Blueprint for High Performance: “to encourage a

high-performance economy characterized by high-skills, high-wage employment.”


                                Workplace know-how identified by SCANS is made up of five competencies and a three-part foundation of skills and personal qualities needed for

 solid job performance.                                            

These include:

                                                Competencies effective workers can productively use:                                            

                                                Resources, Interpersonal skills, Information, Systems, Technology

                                                The foundation that competence requires:

                                                Basic Skills, Thinking Skills, Personal Qualities

It is an effort to link education to the real world.  To develop a kind of learner who can use these competencies and skills to be a productive worker, a responsible citizen,

 and a more complete human being.  This will lead to improving the nation’s productivity and the well being of its citizens in the next century.

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14)           Module Range 

·                                            Electronics and Control                           

Basic Electricity                                       

Electronics Technology

Electronic Communications

Computer Applications

Industrial Control Technology

                                                Computer Servicing & Maintenance                                

·                                             Graphics & Communication                                     

                        Digital Photography

Computer Aided Publishing

Graphics & Animation

Multimedia Production 

                                                Digital Video Production

                                                Computer Aided Publishing

Digital Sound 

·                                     Manufacturing, Materials and Construction                                              

Materials & Processes                                            

Computer Aided Design

Robotics & Automation



                                                CNC Milling

                                                CNC Router

                                                CNC Lathe                               

·                                             Bio & Related Technologies

                                                Biomedical Technology



Health Management

Navigation & GPS 

·                                         Power, Energy & Transportation

Alternative Energy




Research & Design

Automotive Technology

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