Jurgita Laurutaviciene, Primary School Teacher
Teachers Lead Tech
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Why did you create this innovation?
There will be millions of new roles created by tech. Yet, teachers have been underserved in preparing for this massive shift in the world and in their role – only 15% of school teachers feel confident about using technology as a learning tool and time is the most limiting resource to 77% of teachers to come up with innovative teaching material (Microsoft UK study - 2018/2019).
How does your innovation work in practice?
To serve teachers in becoming tech role-models in classes by providing 3Cs:
• CONTENT: creative, time-saving learning and teaching materials for classes, merging various technology creation practices (coding, 3D modeling, AI, etc) with class subjects (math, arts, etc). Our methodology is based on the holistic pedagogical approach "Understand. Practise. Create", to spark creativity and critical thinking, rather than teaching a specific tech tool.
• COMPETENCE: online, data-driven learning path for teachers of all levels, from beginners to advanced ones, to be guided through learning step-by-step.
• CONFIDENCE: community and peer support, regular skill-building sessions with our mentors, who are there to answer all the questions.
Accessibility: our model helps us ensure a low price per kid – 7 € a year – and needs only minimal facilities.
Inclusivity: working with teachers, we can scale future-proof tech creation skills to every child.
Applicable in online and offline classes.
How has it been spreading?
After launching in September 2020, in 5 months we covered 50% of primary schools in Lithuania (1.400+ teachers and 28.000+ kids), who continuously learn with us every week.
By empowering teachers (90%+ women) and 75% of them already saying they're gaining needed skills to bring tech creation practices to kids, we believe we are becoming one of the biggest women in tech movements.
To scale our impact, we partner with NGOs, Education Offices, Regional Development Centers, and Municipalities. Our key partners are tech companies as social investors as well as content and technology partners.
By 2025, we seek to serve 1 M primary school teachers worldwide and bring tech creation skills to 20 M kids, by refining our product to be as accessible and inclusive as possible.
If I want to try it, what should I do?
In April 2021, Teachers Lead Tech will be available for English-speaking markets with the first open modules.
We will introduce #HealthyMind module, in partnership with one of the biggest tech companies in the region MailerLite. The module will focus on emotional health, exploring the topic via technology creation.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to hear more!