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What steps and classes does it take to be a technology teacher?

I want to be a tecnology teacher when I grow up so I want to know what steps and classes it takes. #technology #teacher #technology-education #stem

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Rafael A.’s Answer

It all depends on what type of technology you want to teach in.


If you are looking to teach using certain software applications, then you will need to take courses geared towards that software.


If you want t code, then select a coding language or two that will allow you to teach coding for those interested.


If you are looking at engineering technology, then you will need to get a degree in engineering.


The question is really what technology do I enjoy the most and will love to teach others on how to use it? Once you get that part of the question answered then you will be on your way.


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Narayan’s Answer

Dear Fernanda,

In today's parlance, technology is a vast ocean. This has a great advantage : you can pick and choose whatever you want. So, you will need to sit down and write all the subjects that you love and then see how you can become a technology teacher in a particular field. For instance:

  1. If you are good in Mathematics, you can learn algorithms quickly and subsequently explore opportunities in computer science/data science.
  2. If you are more of a logical person, then coding/programming can be your forte.
  3. If you are skilled in drawing/artistry, then you can explore fields like mechanical engineering and vlsi/chip design.

Essentially, it all depends on your strengths and passion.

All the Best!

Best Regards,

Narayan

Narayan recommends the following next steps:

Explore certifications if you have already chosen the path. RedHat is one such which will open a myriad of options as a technology teacher.
Check out requirements that are needed to be a trainer. Find out if there is emphasis on any specific degree or qualification.
Build a network so that you can liaise with your peers and stay updated with the recent technology trends. Reading tech articles/magazines/ would also be handy.
Work on your soft skills, if you have stage fright. There is no need to worry about anything if you are the best at what you do :)
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Wei’s Answer

Technology is really a very generic term that involves in everyday life, so I would agree with the previous comments that the first degree of priority is to pick an area of interest. It doesn't have to be something really high tech like machine learning or AI or 5G, which are the hottest technology right now. Technology could also be around simpler things like printer, toaster oven, there are some degree of new technology involved in every new generation of those day to day items as well.
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Stuart’s Answer

So many different ways to get to this. I always recommending starting looking at some people who already are there and seeing how they did it. You'll see that learning broadly is key. From my own Salesforce and Trailhead experience you could look at:

Jesper's profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/jesperklang/. Jesper is one of our Certified Instructors. His path went from a University degree in Music Production! He then learnt through doing in customer service. Then being a Salesforce developer. And then onto a Salesforce Instructor. What his profile shows me is how the combination of technical skills, power skills, and experience add up and how a passion for learning and teaching others through sharing experience adds up.

Or Tom's path https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuel-reynolds-871235167/. Tom's fast tracked into qualified Instructor role and today is having huge impact in the classroom and with customer programs.

Hope these help, Stuart

Stuart recommends the following next steps:

Learn with https://trailhead.salesforce.com/en/
Connect through https://trailhead.salesforce.com/trailblazer-community
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