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1 IT is it! Overview of IT Exploration Curriculum Presenters Cindy Drahos (High School Teacher, Burnsville High School) Firasat Khan (Director of Academic and Technology Programs) Russell Fraenkel (Director of Collaborative Programs and Outreach) Outline  Overview  Course Delivery and Support  How to get started in your school  Related Resources

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3 Overview of IT Exploration  What is IT Exploration about?  Who is the intended audience?  Why does IT Exploration matter to students, parents, school staff?  How does it fit into existing programs and activities?  How does it align to IC3 certifications and MnSCU college credit?

4 IT Exploration Curriculum  Five modules (with hot links to many resources)  Office Productivity Skills – aligning w/IC3  Systems Administration/Networking  Software Development  Security  Analytics  Middle and High School (3 tiers of content)  Embedded into existing school courses  Stand-alone course (college credit options)

5 IT Exploration Teacher Portal Demonstration

6 Course Delivery & Support  What teacher skills are needed to deliver it?  Teachers who embrace technology education and are willing to learn  Materials are designed for self-guided learning  The Teacher Portal connects you to your peers for support and delivery ideas  Teacher Training  8 hour in-person training is offered free of cost by Advance IT Minnesota

7 Course Delivery & Support Enhance delivery through college partnerships  Collaborate with local MnSCU institution  Field trips to college, with lab experience  Invite college faculty as guest presenters  Co-teach the course with college faculty  Create local college credit granting opportunity  Possibly use Perkins Career and Technical Education funding to support partnership

8 How to get started… Simple and easy as 1, 2, 3! 1.Contact Russ Fraenkel at Advance IT Minnesota to discuss your interests, and training options (Next Training will be Thurs. Dec. 4, 2014 – 9am-5pm, or as determined by local demand) 2.Execute IT Exploration Curriculum Use agreement  Controlled dissemination of materials  Satisfaction survey of teachers and students 3.Download materials, host on school online platform (e.g. Moodle), or on shared network, and deliver!

9 Related Resources  The IT Exploration Course helps students get hands-on practice in various IT and computing careers  Additional skill building and career awareness opportunities are available:  Tech IT Out! MN  IT Discovery Network (Aspirations Award for HS Girls)  MN IT Careers

10 Tech IT Out! MN Tech IT Out! MN  45 to 75 minute interactive presentation delivered by youthful, passionate IT professionals.  Post-presentation engagement occurs at

11 IT Discovery Network  Designed for students, parents and educators  Access to technology skill development opportunities available in the Metro area  Online resources

12 MN IT Careers MN IT Careers  An iSEEK Solutions website co-developed with Advance IT Minnesota  Provides profiles of IT careers, allowing students to find out how their interests match IT career options.  Filled with useful information and links to valuable resources.  It’s a must-visit resource for students, educators and parents.

13 Are you ready to DO IT?


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