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Technological Literacy

Technological literacy, a broad understanding of the human-designed world and our place in it, is an essential quality for all people who live in the increasingly technology-driven 21st century. This website explains what technological literacy is, why it's important, and what's being done to improve it. This National Academy of Engineering Technically Speaking website is geared for classroom teachers and others with an interest in education. The site makes the case that all Americans need to know more about our technological world and includes several hundred useful links and a new interactive quiz. Much of the material on the site is adapted from the National Academies report, Technically Speaking: Why All Americans Need to Know More About Technology, the report of the Committee on Technological Literacy. The committee's work was overseen by the National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council. This project was made possible by the generous support of the National Science Foundation and Battelle Memorial Institute.


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