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A guided learning tool for primary school teachers to bring technology literacy and technology creation to the classrooms

Teachers Lead Tech

location_on Lithuania
Teachers Lead Tech is a continuous learning tool for primary school teachers, to bring them: 1. Confidence in working with tech, achieved by mentorship and community enabled support network. 2. Competence, through guided learning path and constant practices. 3. Content: innovative, time-saving teaching resources based on best tech practices, merging tech creativity with class subjects.
Jurgita Badaraite, Primary School Teacher
By practising technological creativity, every child can experience success according to their abilities. After all, digital literacy is one of the eight key competences of the 21st century.

Jurgita Badaraite, Primary School Teacher

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TEACHERS
Target Group
15 000
Children/Users
2
Countries
2019
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Updated on November 13th, 2020
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Bringing 21st century skills to classrooms worldwide

Read our Pitch Deck here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XuNUAVjK2oE2wA-H7slfNTvNUTEkillB/view?usp=sharing

How does Teachers Lead Tech work?

Teachers Lead Tech – continuous and personalized learning tool for primary school teachers to bring technology literacy and technology creation to digital and live classrooms worldwide.

Starting in September 2020, Teachers Lead Tech launches with 600 primary school teachers as a continuous personalized learning program to bring technology creation to classrooms through confidence, competence, and content.

We are on a mission to serve 1.000.000 teachers by 2025, impacting 20.000.000 kids.

CONFIDENCE: Continuous learning of the teacher is ensured by a strong mentorship network – mentors meet teachers in online hands-on sessions every two weeks, where they simultaneously practice new tools, concepts, and creative projects, which teachers later apply in classrooms with kids. 

COMPETENCE: Personalized learning path in the tool leads a teacher through learning processes at her own pace. The path will be empowered by machine learning and learning analytics (currently being developed). At the moment, there are two different level paths – for beginners and advanced.

CONTENT: teachers get access to various content materials, which help them learn and are applied in classes (videos, presentations, explanations). Various subjects (maths, languages, arts, etc.) are merged with technology creation practices (programming concepts, 3D modeling, virtual reality, and others). Each lesson and project is based on the method "Understand. Practice. Create".

Why we do it?

Teachers all over the world have been facing challenges to build kids' confidence in ICT skills, while the World Economic Forum says that there will be 133 million new roles created by tech in 2022.

The gap between the technology industry and education systems are widening. Only 15% of school teachers feel confident about using technology as a learning tool in the classroom, while time is the most limiting resource to 77% of teachers who are forced to ‘get through the day’ instead of thinking creatively and prepare innovative learning materials (Microsoft UK study - 2018/2019).

Unfortunately, teachers have had little or no support to adapt and gain future-proof skills.

Our way here...

In 2015, tech creativity academy bit&Byte was founded by Teachers Lead Tech now-founder Monika Katkute. bit&Byte grew by 30-50% annually, attracted major tech companies as partners (Devbridge, Vinted, Oberlo), and now teaches 1000+ kids tech creativity weekly. The academy has reached 20K+ kids through various other projects (e.g.initiated national Hour of Code). 

In 2019, the team received a Google.org grant to create a mentorship program for 1000 primary school teachers to lead them through programming, AI, app development and VR. 

After 3-month program, 91% of participated primary school teachers said they feel confident about their tech creativity skills, 71% already apply content in the classroom and 60% of them say classroom engagement rise because of applied technology creativity. 

The feedback received during the program showed us teachers passion, curiosity and need to continue working with tech creativity:

“Kids see technology beyond social networks and discover it as a tool for creative expression in 2nd grade!”

“Joy of learning becomes available to kids of various learning abilities”

“Kids are highly engaged, solving problems independently and more willing to collaborate"

Yet in order to ensure the growth of confidence, competence and scale, we need to ensure continuous learning for teachers.

So the team started working on a continuous learning program Teachers Lead Tech, merging team's best experience: 

• Innovative content, which comes from the best practice working with kids.
• Strong mentorship and partnership network, established with tech community.
• Engaging, joyous, practical hands-on sessions for teachers at their pace, where mentors help teachers to tame technology creativity tool and merge it with class subjects.
• AI-based personalized learning path for each teacher, to ensure individual pace, growth, class specifics.

Creating opportunities for all: social impact

Teachers Lead Tech is location, gender, race inclusive. We are focused on giving possibilities to enjoy technology creation to teachers and kids of different capacities. Moreover, our solution will close the gender gap in the tech industry by equipping primary school teachers, mostly women, to become role models and science capital builders for all girls in classes at early age to break cultural biases that ICT is not for girls.

Reacting to Covid-19

Reacting to the worldwide quarantine, at the beginning of April 2020 we invited teachers to join Teachers Lead Tech for a month TRIAL – learning experiment.

In two weeks, 70 schools with 400 teachers joined the platform. After the first online session:
86% of respondents said that the content was useful and applicable in classes.
90% said practical online sessions helped them feel more confident to try the content in class.
73% said that the content in the TLT platform is prepared and presented comfortably to be used in classes.

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Teachers Lead Tech to be piloted in first 6 schools in Vilnius6 school teachers in Vilnius, Lithuania, joined Teachers Lead Tech pilot program with more than 90 primary school teachers. In the pilot, participating teachers and their school-appointed mentor looked for ways to explain mathematical ideas to beginners through technological creation. In the weekly sessions, 90 teachers mastered the tools of technological creation - strengthened their skills in working with the programming program Scratch and 3D modeling program TinkerCad, and looked for technology creativity solutions in math lessons.In September, 2020, Vilnius Municipality is planning to sponsor the program for 120 teachers.
Teachers Lead Tech - one of the selected projects for Matchathon by the European Commision
Building on the success of the #EUvsVirus Hackathon, the European Innovation Council (EIC), under the patronage of Commissioner Mariya Gabriel, is organising a Matchathon with the participation of the 120 winning teams from the hackathon, investors, corporates and public authorities, including among others, public procurers and hospitals; academia and research institutions, from all across Europe and beyond.The goal of the Matchathon is to connect the needs of innovators with the opportunities made available by investors, corporates, public authorities, academia and research institutions. During the Matchathon, innovators will pitch their solutions in order to secure deals and funding that will enable them to scale up their innovative solutions and bring them to the market. This in turn will help address COVID-19 relevant challenges and speed up the European and global recovery in the aftermath of the pandemic.A total of 120 winning projects with 800 innovators working in multinational teams, 115 investors and more than 200 ‘partners’ (including corporates, universities and public authorities) have registered to participate at this #EUvsVirus Matchathon.A Demo Day with selected teams and partners is scheduled for 21 May ahead of the Matchathon, which will take place from 22 to 25 May.Source and more info: https://ec.europa.eu/info/news/european-commission-euvsvirus-matchathon-boost-scaling-creative-solutions-covid-19-challenges-2020-may-20_en
Teachers Lead Tech joins initiative launched by Nordic Europe EdTech companies TeachMillions.comNordics join forces to support educators globally with free learning techLockdowns due to the global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have raised the issue of homeschooling and learning technology like never before. That’s why the Teach Millions initiative is immediately addressing this by offering free technology from 100+ different Nordic companies as a form of emergency aid. All the learning technology on teachmillions.com is open and free of charge for students, teachers, NGO’s and governments worldwide as of April 15th, 2020.“It has been amazing to see the willingness of Nordic EdTech companies to support countries all over the world in a state of emergency. What we do through Teach Millions springs from an educational tradition of community, critical thinking, and initiative,” says Mikkel Frich, CEO of EdTech Denmark.“These are some of the market leaders in learning technology offering their products for free, and we are grateful that they have chosen to support the learners and educators in these tough times. This is a massive donation and we are humbled to also invite other Nordic initiatives to join.” adds Mihaela Tabacaru, Project Manager R&D, OsloEdtech Cluster.“The initiative originates from all Nordic countries and gathers solutions from koulu.me, edtechdonor.dk, edtechkartan.se/cms/skolaonline, bitdegree.org/edtech-lithuania, ​hjelpskolen.no/ressurser,​ and education-nation.99math.com. Together, the solutions cover many languages such as: English, French, Modern Arabic, Spanish, Russian, German, and the Scandinavian, Finno-Ugric and Baltic languages. If you find a relevant EdTech solution that does not meet your language requirements, please contact us anyway – we might have a solution,’ Heini Karppinen, the co-founder of EdTech Finland elaborates.The Nordic EdTech Community realizes that distance learning is not merely plug-and-play, and so the initiative also assures that some of the best Nordic consultants will stand by to help. Teach Millions presents support at both strategic, tactical, and operational levels.Data ethics is crucial in the new initiative, Ginvile Ramanauskai, Lithuanian initiative lead, assures: “All donors on Teach Millions are GDPR compliant. By clicking on the Covid-19 Agreement we provide a legally binding framework and a workflow between the user and the vendor.”Initiated by the Nordic EdTech Community, 100+ companies and consultants from Finland, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Denmark have come together as donors.“All the EdTech solutions displayed on Teach Millions will be free of charge as long as the COVID-19 crisis continues, and the schools and educational institutions are closed,” says Märt Aro, Chairman Of The Board at Nordic EdTech Forum – N8.

Milestones

Achievements & Awards

September 2020
Selected to IMPACT Collective, focused on growth in Asia
September 2020
Partnership with Vilnius Municipality: launching technology creation classes in primary schools (300 teachers)
September 2020
Partnership with Klaipeda Municipality
September 2020
A finalist in MIT Solve's Global Challenge (Learning for Girls and Women)
July 2020
Got selected to K-Startup Grand Challenge (to accelerate in South Korea)
May 2020
Mentorship program, which inspired Teachers Lead Tech finished with 1000 teachers (sponsored by Google.org)
May 2020
Innovation added to the HundrED
April 2020
400 primary school teachers joined in April
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