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This paper examines the use of cognitive tools in designing an educational website that helps middle school learners improve their technological literacy. The Talk to Me website consists of a young adult novel, online activities that expand on concepts introduced in the novel, and a blog written by college engineering students about their experiences attending college and taking engineering courses. Talk to Me is designed using Imaginative Education, a learning theory developed by Kieran Egan that outlines learners' different phases of development as their level of understanding and linguistic ability becomes more sophisticated. Beta testing occurred in 2010 with a group of elementary, middle, and high school teachers; the teachers responded with positive feedback, stating that they both could and would use Talk to Me in their classrooms. Additional testing with students in a summer robotics camp also supported the use of Talk to Me, showing that the website engaged students with concepts related to technological literacy.
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Huff, Isabel; Ellis, Glenn W.; McAuliffe, Lucy; Ellis, Sonia K.; and McGinnis-Cavanaugh, Beth, "Engaging the Imagination of Young People to Increase Technical Literacy" (2012). Engineering: Faculty Publications, Smith College, Northampton, MA.