Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve answered some of your important questions below.
What is TechWeCan?
TechWeCan 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 now available to parents and carers for teaching at home. They are all mapped to the National Curriculum and are structured, fun learning packs all about careers in technology and the use of technology in everyday lives.
We also have TechTuesdays which are pre-recorded lessons available for your child to access at home. These are around 20 -40 minutes long followed by an optional challenge for your child to complete.
What are the aims of TechWeCan?
The aim of the lessons plans and TechTuesday pre-recorded lessons is 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 is changing rapidly due to technology 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.
What is the difference between the TechWeCan lesson plans and the TechTuesday pre-recorded lessons?
The TechWeCan 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 TechTuesday pre-recorded lessons are videos which you can play to your class/child followed by an optional challenge video containing a follow up task.
Can children younger than 10 and older than 13 complete these lessons?
The TechWeCan lesson plans and TechTuesday pre-recorded lessons were created for Years 6, 7 and 8 (10-13 year olds); however some schools have successfully delivered TechWeCan to year 5 and year 9 students (9-14 year olds). We have also had children as young as 5 and old as 16 access our TechTuesday lessons. After looking through the resources, if you feel they would be suitable for your class or child then you are welcome to use them.
Why are the lesson plans called TechWeCan?
The TechSheCan Charter is a group of organisations committed to work together to increase the number of women working in technology roles in the UK. Currently only 23% workers in technology are women and it’s crucial for our business and economy to have diversity in creating the new technology products and services that are shaping the world we live in.
There are over 170 signatories as part of the Charter and together they have created the TechWeCan lessons plans to help improve the pipeline of people, particularly females to apply for technology careers. The lesson plans are named TechWeCan as they have been created for both boys and girls but have an underlying theme of female role models within technology.
How much do the TechWeCan lessons and resources cost?
The lesson plans and TechTuesday pre-recorded lessons are completely FREE. Most of the apps featured in the high and mid-tech lessons are also free.
Who can teach the TechWeCan lessons?
The TechWeCan 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 you. 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 which have delivered the TechWeCan lessons have approached this in several different ways. Some held a TechWeCan 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 therefore delivering one two-hour lesson. Our primary schools used an afternoon slot a week and taught TechWeCan 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 child or students (i.e. assemblies and registration time) or you would like them to access the resources independently, then please have a look at the TechTuesday pre-recorded lessons which are approximately 20 – 40 minutes long with optional follow up challenges.
How the lessons are delivered is entirely up to each individual teacher, school and parent.
What happens if you do not have tablets running Apple iOS or Android?
Not all the TechWeCan lesson packs 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 TechWeCan, we will direct you towards the lesson plans which are most appropriate for your school (depending upon the technology you have available).
For the TechTuesday 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 TechWeCan lesson packs 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 TechTuesday 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.
Do I need to have a knowledge of tech to teach the lesson packs?
No, not at all. The lesson packs are designed to be very simple to use that requires no background knowledge of technology. The videos provide you with the background information and guidance in order for you to guide the children through the task and were originally designed for teachers of any specialism so don’t require any specialist knowledge.
We also have TechTuesday pre-recorded lessons available for your child to access at home. Children can watch these lessons independently and then choose to complete the optional follow up challenge.
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 TechTuesday pre-recorded lessons as they can complete these independently at home.
We’d love to hear your feedback and how you’ve adapted the plans to work for your children, and I’m sure others would love to learn from your experience also so feel free to share your experiences on social media via our hashtag #TechWeCan, we’ll keep an eye out and can offer advice if you need it.
If you have any further questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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