Open P-TECH for
Teachers & Faculty

The world of work is changing rapidly. Today's students have a huge opportunity to explore careers that are being shaped by new technologies, but they need to be familiar with those technologies and the core skills they require in order to seize this opportunity.

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Industry-leading digital resources for your students:

Open P-TECH can help you introduce technologies such as blockchain, AI, quantum computing, and cloud to your students—along with the professional competencies required to work in any future profession—through engaging, self-paced learning modules that help your students begin their career exploration. 

Extending the classroom with tools for teachers:

Teachers don’t have to worry about becoming subject-matter experts on the emerging technologies with Open P-TECH. That does not mean that teachers are bystanders in their students’ learning journeys! Instead, teachers can rely on IBM and its industry partners to deliver engaging student-facing modules, while focusing on extending and solidifying that student learning through project-based extensions, discussions, and more.

All teachers who sign-up for a free Open P-TECH account also can access an ever-expanding “teacher channel” with suggestions and activities for extending the student learning through in-class application. There is a student progress dashboard and you have the ability to assign content from other trusted online sources to students to customize their learning experience.

Curious about Open P-TECH’s student content? All teachers have access to the same learning as their students and can earn the same digital badge credentials offered to IBMers and other professionals.    

How can I use Open P-TECH with my students?

We get it: teachers are busy. You probably hear about new tools to use in your classroom all the time. What makes Open P-TECH unique? How can you make the most of it? Here are some suggestions:

College and career-ready teachers: Collaboration. Critical thinking. Task management. These are all essential skills for success in any career or higher-education. Leverage Open P-TECH by assigning your students the learning modules from the “Professional Skills Channel.” This will give your students access to the four most prominent professional skills employers emphasize for providing them an opportunity to earn a digital badge issued by IBM.

You can also review the “Teacher Channel” for activities to give you and your students ample opportunity to practice those skills collaboratively during structured class activities.

Computer science teachers: Trying to make real-world connections to the computer science principles you are teaching in class? Open P-TECH is a great way to show students how these fundamental concepts are applied in a wide-variety of industries.

Teaching a unit on data collection and seeking a way to connect it to real careers? Finishing an intermediate unit on algorithms, but wanting your students to understand basic machine-learning too? Teaching your students about network configuration, and curious how blockchain might change its future? Open P-TECH is a great supplement to your existing curriculum and provides your students with opportunities to build their baseline professional credentials at the same time!

Workplace learning/CTE teachers: Open P-TECH delivers a wealth of industry-backed content to expose your students to new career ideas.

Want your students to learn about exciting new career opportunities in engineering and design? You could ask them to explore one of the “career vignettes”—which spotlight workers from different industries—and conduct further research for a class presentation. Or let your students choose from one of Open P-TECH’s growing number of emerging technology courses that lead to a digital badge, while asking them to analyze what they learned through small group presentations.

The mix of student-facing technology modules plus the teacher-facing resources meant to extend that learning in the classroom gives teachers the ability to be creative in how they leverage Open P-TECH with their students.