Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve answered some of your important questions below.
Can children younger than 10 and older than 13 complete these lessons?
The Tech We Can lesson plans and Tech Tuesday pre-recorded lessons were created for Years 6, 7 and 8 (10-13 years old) however some of our current schools have successfully delivered Tech We Can to year 5 and year 9 students (9-14 year olds). If, after looking through the resources, you feel they would be suitable for your class or chils then you are welcome to use them.
Why are the lesson plans called Tech We Can?
Tech She Can is a charter (a group of organisations) committed to work together to increase the number of women working in technology roles in the UK. As part of their work, they have created the Tech We Can lesson plans. Tech We Can has a different name, as the lessons have been created for both boys and girls but have an underlying theme of female role models within technology.
How much do the Tech We Can lessons and resources cost?
The lesson plans and Tech Tuesday pre recorded lessons are completely FREE. The majority of the apps featured in the high and mid tech lessons are also free.
What is the difference between the Tech We Can lesson plans and the Tech Tuesday pre recorded lessons?
The Tech We Can lesson plans are 2 hour lessons designed to be delivered by teachers or parents. Each lesson comes with a plan, PowerPoint, resources and a short 10 minute explanatory video for parents/teachers to watch before delivering the lesson themselves.
The Tech Tuesday pre recorded lessons are videos which you can play to your class/child followed by an optional challenge video containing a follow up task.
Who can teach the Tech We Can lesson?
The Tech We Can 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, P.E, Humanities, Mathematics, Music and DT. The lessons can also be delivered by parents who are home-schooling.
Do you have to complete the lessons in a certain order?
No. How you choose to deliver the lesson plans is completely up to your school. They can be taught in any order as they are standalone lessons based around different themes.
How have schools organised the delivery of the lessons around curriculum time?
Schools who have delivered the Tech We Can lessons have approached this in a number of different ways. Some held a Tech We Can day in which they delivered 3 of the lessons and then spread the other 3 lessons over the following weeks. Other schools spread the lessons between different subjects, with each subject therefore delivering one 2 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 in which you would like to deliver careers education to your students (i.e. assemblied and registration time) then please have a look at the Tech Tuesday pre-recorded lessons which are approximately 15 – 20 mins long with optional follow up challenges.
How the lessons are delivered is entirely up to each individual teacher and school.
What happens if our school does not have tablets running Apple iOS or Android?
Not all of the Tech We Can lessons require the use of tablets/iPads however for the lessons which do, we have created 3 different versions.
Full Tech = requires the use of augmented reality compatible iPads/tablets – purchases in the past 3 -4 years.
Mid Tech = requires the use of iPads/tablets but these do not have to be augmented reality compatible (older than 3 -4 years).
Low Tech = require no use of tablets or iPads but the students will need access to the internet to research.
When you register for Tech We Can, we will direct you towards the lesson plans which are most appropriate for your school (depending upon the technology you have available).
For the Tech Tuesday pre-recorded lessons, the only challenge which requires the use of an app is the Tech for Education lesson.
Do these lessons add significantly to teacher's workload?
Our pilot teachers found the Tech We Can lesson plans really easy to follow and to prepare for. The online video tutorials are all around 10 minutes long – our aim is to ensure that after watching the video 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 also provided on the online portal.
We also have our Tech Tuesday pre-recorded lessons available for parents and teachers to use. These require no preparation other than ensuring you have the resources available if you would like to complete the optional follow up challenge.
Are these lessons suitable for children with Special Educational Needs?
If you would like to deliver Tech We Can to students with special needs then please contact our Education Consultant (email@example.com) and she will be happy to help you adapt the lesson plans to suit the needs and ability of your class.
How can we continue encouraging the students to pursue technology careers after the lessons?
At the end of the Curriculum and Overview document you will see a page of ‘Suggested Further Learning’ – the majority of which are organisations who are part of the Tech She Can Charter. Please do use these suggested links to continue encouraging the children to investigate tech and where this could take them in their future career paths.
Please also continue to use the apps and spread the new technology around the school to other subject areas who may benefit.
If you have delivered the lesson plans, then you could also encourage the children to watch the Tech Tuesday pre-recorded lessons as they can complete these indenpendently at home.
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