How can I use Open P-TECH with my students?
We get it: you’re busy! You hear about new classroom tools all the time. And that's especially true in an era of remote learning. But Open P-TECH gives you an industry-validated learning platform you can use out-of-the-box to help prepare students for cutting-edge careers. Try these suggestions to make the most of it:
College and career-ready teachers
Collaboration. Critical thinking. Task management. These are essential skills your students need for success in any career or in higher education. Leverage Open P-TECH by assigning your students the learning modules in the “Professional Skills Channel.” It will help them build the five most prominent skills that employers emphasize, while giving them the opportunity to earn an IBM digital badge.
You can even review the "Workplace Learning Extensions” for activities to practice collaboratively with students during structured class sessions.
Computer science teachers
Trying to make real-world connections to the computer science you teach in class? Open P-TECH makes these connections for you as they’re applied in a wide-variety of industries.
Teach a unit on data collection without a good way to connect it to real careers? Finishing an intermediate unit on algorithms but looking for a way to help your students understand machine learning? Teaching network configuration and curious how blockchain might change its future? Open P-TECH supplements your curriculum and helps your students build baseline professional credentials at the same time!
Workplace learning/CTE teachers
Use Open P-TECH to deliver a wealth of industry-backed content that helps expose your students to new career ideas.
Want to build excitement around career opportunities in engineering and design? Ask your students to explore “career vignettes” about real workers on the job, after which they can conduct follow-up research for a class presentation. Or invite students to choose one of Open P-TECH’s growing number of emerging technology courses that lead to a digital badge, then ask them to analyze what they learned through a small group presentation.
Be creative! Open P-TECH’s mix of free student-facing technology modules and teacher-facing resources can enhance your classroom impact.