TIW is a valuable experience for volunteers and teachers alike. Volunteers can host a virtual job shadow for an educator as a Business Partner or serve as a breakout session presenter during the workshop. The virtual job shadow gives people in business and education a chance to learn about each other’s work environments and highlight key skills employees need for success. During TIW breakout sessions, volunteer presenters can showcase their experience with technology tools, resources, and integration strategies so educators are equipped to apply them to their own teaching and curriculum.
2021 TIW Dates: Monday, July 26 – Wednesday, July 28, with optional hours Thursday, July 29
Business Partners showcase their company by partnering with an attending educator for a 2-hour virtual job shadow experience. During the job shadow, volunteers highlight the details of their role, department, and company; discuss projects, products, and services provided; and help their educator understand the environment where their students may someday work.
As a Business Partner, you will connect with your educator virtually to help them gain insight on the careers and workplace skills employees are looking for when hiring and how these highly desired skills can be taught to students of all ages. The experience will help your educator draw parallels from their class to your business. Volunteering is a great way to collaborate in preparing the next generation of workers while also gaining leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills.
Volunteers must have access to a computer and high-functioning internet to connect with their educator through a digital platform.
Business Partner Schedule:
- Monday, July 26: Connect with your educator via phone or video chat for a brief introduction.
- Tuesday, July 27: Virtual job shadow, up to 2 hours, any time between 1:45 and 4:00 p.m. Volunteers and educators will work together to determine exact timing.
Innovators from the education and technology fields share their knowledge, expertise, and workplace experience with attendees through virtual group presentations and breakout sessions. Attendees use the information learned to develop curriculum that effectively integrates technology, increases student engagement, and connects to real-world applications.
“My business partner was incredibly helpful with providing perspective about what students need in order to be successful in today’s workplace.”
~ Sarah Hoverson, Creative Arts Secondary School, St. Paul
“It was an amazing experience. We had a very candid discussion about education, corporate jobs, important skills for new workers to have, and the direction where technology careers are moving.”
~ Angie Swenson, Luverne High School
2020 Impact Numbers
The Technology Integration Workshop makes an impact annually on the students in the program.