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 web site from the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) sets out to explain what technological literacy is, why it’s important, and what’s being done to improve it. Much of the material on the site is adapted from “Technically Speaking: Why All Americans Need to Know More About Technology,” a report from the Committee on Technological Literacy. The committee’s work was overseen by NAE and the National Research Council, and its report documents a disturbing trend: After a two-year study, the report’s authors concluded that a majority of Americans are technologically illiterate. “Americans use technology with a minimal comprehension of how or why it works, or the implications of its use, or even where it comes from,” the report says. The committee calls for a broad-based effort to increase the technological literacy of all Americans by integrating technology concepts into every school subject, beginning in kindergarten, and this web site includes several resources to help schools achieve this goal.

http://www.nae.edu/techlit