Ontario Council for Technology Education (OCTE) is a not-for-profit provincial organization that represents, supports, and advocates for Technological Education (including all teachers and students) to ensure that the needs of the local, national, and global communities are reflected.
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Safety is everyone’s responsibility. To be truly effective, it must include staff, students, school administration, and school board administration. Safety is not only an essential component of technological education but also a part of every course/program and everyday life.
Most technological educators plan and execute projects/activities with a safety mindset. However, it is recognised that in technological education labs, untrained students can be, and usually are the most dangerous component in the environment. That’s because students just don’t know what they don’t know.
It is the job of the technological educator to teach and instill safety mindfulness in each student. Just as the teacher must use due diligence and assess risks, so must the student.
How OCTE Supports Safety
The growth of hands-on activities in daily lessons (e.g. STEM: Project-Based Learning) reinforces the need for continuous safety review and reflection. OCTE supports and advocates for all technological educators and administrators with a focus on professional development, of which safety is a key element, especially Student Injury Prevention K-12.
OCTE offers professional development in the form of: conferences and workshops; resources; information sharing through the OCTE website and Technological Education Board Leads (TEBLs); and working with and providing input to the Ministry of Education, Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE), Ministry of Labour, school board health and safety officers, and faculties of education.
All OCTE resources are free and open to everyone.