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TEC.LA

location_on Argentina

Computational thinking is the future of work

Tec.la is a computational thinking training program for latinamerican teachers. This innovation renovates the educational system and the knowledge of educators without discriminating on location or infrastructure. And, at the same time, it empowers employment prospects for today’s young people by teaching them the digital skills that companies need.

HundrED 2023

Overview

HundrED has selected this innovation to

HundrED Global Collection 2023

2018

Established

2.37M

Children/users

5

Countries
Organisation
Not-for-profit
Target group
Teachers
Updated
November 22nd, 2022
Excellent, dynamic, good proposals to take to the classroom and interesting content based on data.
Colombian participant (2019)

About the innovation

Why did you create this innovation?

The education system is not equipping youth with the necessary tools for the future of work, but the problem starts before that. Educators are not fully equiped with the content and skills necessary to thrive in today's world. TEC.LA brings computational thinking closer to the classroom by providing concrete work proposals and possible routes to perform plugged and unplugged activities.

How does your innovation work in practice?

The training program has been designed to be highly adaptable to the realities of different regions in Latin America, co-constructing the format in which the training will take place. So, training can range from 8 to 24 hours depending on the availability of the audience.
In the first module of four, we introduce the candidates to computational thinking through hands-on activities related to topics such as “Basic understanding of Computer Science application, limits and opportunities”. The second module focuses on a further exploration of the content. It invites candidates to explore decomposing problems, finding patterns and generating solutions. The third stage consists of 6 hours of asynchronous work where the candidate has the opportunity of co-designing strategies and tools for learning experiences. Lastly, in the fourth module we propose an optional space of evaluation and feedback from our team on the tasks the candidates have worked on.

How has it been spreading?

The main objective of the program is to help closing the opportunity gap for young people by inviting the unexpected allies - teachers who never got involved in Computer Science training in Latin America- to take part in the strategy. To reach this goal, the innovation provides tools for educator's trainers to be able to design their own learning experiences to develop computational thinking cognitive skills, as well as communication and collaboration.

As for how it has been spreading, since the launch of the program in 2018 we have reached 5 countries. We also have successfully conducted more than 100 training workshops and reached more than 2000 trainers.

If I want to try it, what should I do?

If an organization is interested in our program, they should contact our Partnerships area by the mail of mar@eidosglobal.org. Then we would have a meeting to understand their particular needs and how to adapt the material for their teachers.
If an individual is interested in being part of the innovation they should check our site in order to know when the calls for candidates are open.

Impact & scalability

HundrED Academy Reviews
This innovation, as they have already proven, can work for any educator seeking to improve through its flexible training schedule.
Impactful because it has very structured modules and addresses the issue of teachers' development by equipping them to become better in lesson design and delivery. Also, focus on developing trainers and direct training are instrumental for impact.
- Academy member
Academy review results
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