We’ve answered some of your important questions below, relating to our Tech We Can resources.
Tech We Can is a set of free lesson plans and resources designed to be taught to both boys and girls. The lessons were originally set up to be taught by teachers in the classroom but are now available to parents and carers for teaching at home too. They’re all mapped to the National Curriculum and are structured, fun learning packs all about careers in technology and the use of technology in our everyday lives.
We also have on-demand pre-recorded lessons available for students to watch in school or at home. These are around 20 -40 minutes long and include an optional challenge for students to complete.
The lessons are intended to teach children all about how technology is evolving and advancing in different areas of work. We want to broaden children’s knowledge of technology careers and the diversity of people who work in them. This is valuable knowledge for children as the world of work continues to change rapidly due to technological advancements. We want them to be aware of the kind of roles and careers available to them when they leave school, and how their current hobbies and passions could lead them into a career in technology.
The lesson packs are designed to be delivered by teachers or parents, with each lesson lasting around two hours. The packs contain the lesson plans, presentations, printable resources, and instructional videos to help teachers or parents deliver the lessons.
The on-demand lessons are delivered by one of our Tech We Can teachers and are available as pre-recorded videos which you can play to your class or child. Each includes an optional challenge video containing a follow-up task for students.
The Tech We Can lessons were created for Years 6, 7, and 8 (10–13 year olds). However, some schools have successfully delivered Tech We Can to year 5 and year 9 students (9-14 year olds). We’ve also had children as young as 5 and as old as 16 access our on-demand lessons. After looking through the resources, if you feel they would be suitable for your class or child, you’re welcome to use them.
Tech She Can is a charity, bringing together over 200 organisations to work with industry, government, and schools to inspire and attract more women and girls into technology roles.
We’ve created the Tech We Can lessons to encourage young people, particularly girls, to consider a career in technology. The programme is called ‘Tech We Can’ as the lessons are aimed at both boys and girls but focus on showcasing female role models working within technology.
Currently, only 24% of workers in technology are women. We’re on a mission for women to be equal members in creating and developing the new technology businesses, products, and services that shape our world, ensuring technology works for all.
All the Tech We Can resources are completely FREE. Most of the apps featured in the high and mid-tech lessons are also free.Tech She Can is a charitable organisation. We create educational materials for everyone to use free of charge. We encourage you to use these materials and to share them with others - but please note they should never be used to generate an income.
The lessons have been designed to be delivered by both primary and secondary teachers of all subject specialisms, not just ICT or Computer Science. In our pilots, the lessons were taught by teachers who specialise in English, Art, PE, Humanities, Mathematics, Music, and DT. The lessons can also be delivered by parents who are homeschooling.
No. How you choose to deliver the lesson plans is completely up to you. They can be taught in any order as they are standalone lessons based around different themes.
How the lessons are delivered is entirely up to each individual teacher, school, and parent – and different schools have approached this in different ways. Some held a ‘Tech We Can day’ in which they delivered three of the lessons and then spread the other three lessons over the following weeks. Other schools spread the lessons between different subjects, with each subject delivering one two-hour lesson. Our primary schools used an afternoon slot a week and taught Tech We Can, rather than Computing, or linked the lessons into their curriculum/literacy themes. Many schools have also delivered the lessons during STEAM, careers, or computing-themed weeks.
If you have a shorter timeframe for delivering careers education to your students (i.e., during assemblies and registration time) or you would like them to access the resources independently, please have a look at the on-demand lessons which are approximately 20 – 40 minutes long with optional follow up challenges.
Not all the Tech We Can lesson packs require the use of tablets or iPads – and, for those that do, we’ve created three different versions.
For the on-demand lessons, the only challenge which requires the use of an app is the Tech for Education lesson.
Our pilot teachers found the Tech We Can lesson packs easy to follow and to prepare for. Our aim is to ensure that after watching the 10-minute video tutorial and reading the provided plan, all teachers and parents will be ready to deliver the lesson to their students/children. All resources and app links are provided on the website.
Our on-demand lessons, for use by teachers or parents, require no preparation. You just need to make sure you have the resources available if you’d like to complete the optional follow-up challenge.
If you’d like to deliver Tech We Can to students with special needs, please contact our Education Consultant (email@example.com) who will be happy to help you adapt the lesson plans to suit the needs and ability of your class.
No, not at all. The lesson packs are designed to be simple to use and don’t require any specialist knowledge of technology. The tutorial videos provide you with all the information and guidance you’ll need to guide the children through the tasks. Our on-demand lessons are delivered for you by one of our Tech We Can teachers.
At the end of the Curriculum and Overview document, you’ll see a page of ‘Suggested Further Learning’ resources – the majority of which are from organisations who are members of Tech She Can. Please use these suggested links to continue encouraging the children to investigate technology and discover where this could take them in their future career paths. Please also continue to use the apps we highlight in the lesson packs and share this technology with other teachers who may also benefit from them for their own lessons.
If you’ve already delivered all the lesson plans, you could also encourage the children to watch the on-demand lessons as they can complete these independently at home or in school.
We’d love to hear your feedback and how you’ve adapted the plans to work for your students/children, so we can share this with others. Please share your experiences on social media, using our hashtag #TechWeCan. We’ll keep an eye out and offer advice if you need it.
If you have any further questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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