"Technology in Action" literally puts technology into action with hands-on activities, real-world applications, and detailed illustrations. The goal of this introductory technology education program for middle school students is to help students learn design and problem-solving, as well as to use, manage and understand technology. Chapters are divided into short, self-contained sections that explore technology and provide hands-on activities. Colorful photographs and drawings enhance the text. "Science Connections/Mathematics Connections/Communication Connections" are featured in every chapter so students see the connection of science, mathematics and communication to technology. "TechnoFacts" are interesting facts about technology's past, present and future that motivate students to learn more about technology. "Exploring Careers" links the knowledge students are gaining in class to actual careers. "Action Activities" in every chapter engage students in designing and problem solving of everyday technological problems. The "Performance-Based Portfolio System CD-ROM "brings technology alive for students and teachers. Students will be actively engaged on the computer using technology to solve technology problems. Teachers will have prepared materials for teaching and assessing activities.