The Technological Education curriculum continues to challenge students in a variety of ways by combining a student’s creativity with both collaborative and organizational skills. Through hands-on projects the students at A.Y. Jackson develop technological skills and in the process become self learners. This prepares our students with the ability to adapt to the ever changing technological advances of the 21st century. “Learning by doing” best describes the Technology courses here at AY!

AY offers a multitude of courses in Technological Education starting in Grade 9 with the Exploring Technologies course. This course exposes students to construction technology, communication technology and technological design.

Construction technology continues to play a central role in today’s society. Students learn about designing, constructing and maintaining a variety of buildings. Through projects, students gain experience with the tools, equipment and processes commonly used in this field. Students learn about health and safety standards in the construction industry, building codes and regulations as well as employment opportunities and careers in various sectors of the Industry (such as electricity, carpentry, masonry, heating and cooling, and plumbing).

In Technological design students learn to apply knowledge of research, historical trends, design, materials and fabrication methods. Students also test criteria to develop innovative and environmentally sustainable products, processes and/or services. The technologies and processes used to create design solutions may include both traditional and computer-based drafting methods including: scale models, working prototypes, animations and simulations, displays, portfolios, and presentations.

The Communications technology courses are project-based and provide students with opportunities to acquire the knowledge and skills required to design, use, and manage electronic, live, recorded, and graphic communications systems, specifically in the areas of TV, video, and movie production; radio and audio production; print and graphic communications; photography; digital imaging; broadcast journalism; and interactive news media and animation. These courses will help students understand the effects of communications technology on the environment and in our modern day society.

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