TechKnow (Pass IT on)
Welcome to TechKnow (Technology for Knowledge). TechKnow provides Aberdeen City Council schools with free workshops and downloadable lesson plans which are linked to the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence’s Science and Technologies Frameworks. Lesson plans specifically focusing on the reuse of electrical and electronic equipment for Level One, Level Two and S1 – S2 have been developed.
TechKnow also provides fundraising opportunities through the collection of used, but functional consumer IT equipment e.g. phones, tablets, laptops, digital cameras, etc. Workshops and a resource pack can be arranged through the Aberdeen City Council’s Recycling Team to support learning. In addition, we have prepared lesson plans which can be downloaded and used for Levels One to Three.
Downloadable Lesson Plans
Each lesson plan has been broken down into 30 minute – 1 hour sessions to enable you to either work through the topic over the term, or to pick and choose sessions based on the interests of pupils. All lesson plans contain teachers notes, links to further resources & pupil activity sheets.
- Level One lesson Plan: Electrical and Electronic Equipment Reuse
- Level One Lesson Plan PowerPoint
- Level Two Lesson Plan: Electrical and Electronic Equipment Reuse
- Level Two Lesson Plan PowerPoint
- Level Three Lesson Plan: Electrical and Electronic Equipment Reuse
- Level Three Lesson Plan PowerPoint
A resource pack can be borrowed from Aberdeen City Council for teachers wishing to carry out workshops. Get in touch with the Council at the contact details shown below.
Download and personalise these resources to organise an effective school campaign.
We have also prepared a presentation which may be appropriate for school assemblies. This is available below:
Set up a collection point at your school
Collection schemes can be flexible to meet the needs of your school. We can support you and your pupils to successfully manage a one-off campaign to raise funds, or provide containers to enable staff and families to donate as and when needed.
We are working with the local organisations Instant Neighbour, CFINE and Somebody Cares, who will uplift your equipment at a suitable point in time.
Equipment will be transported to Re-Tek, who will securely wipe data-bearing devices. Equipment will be refurbished and prepared for re-sale - if it is not suitable for re-sale, it will be recycled. Prior to recycling, Re-Tek will securely data wipe and break down equipment into constituent parts. It is then shipped to an accredited downstream recycling partner.
For further information on the refurbishment process visit our partner website: http://www.re-tek.co.uk
Arrange a Free Workshop
If you are a school in the Aberdeen City Council area, please contact:
T: 01224 219281
Contact the TechKnow Team
The Importance of Setting up a Collection Point
In the UK in 2017 there will be an estimated 65 million smartphones, and 30 million laptops, tablets, smart set-top boxes and smart stereos.
A mobile phone can contain over 40 elements including heavy metals and persistent organic pollutants (POPs).
Support a great educational resource that enables your school to make a difference.
Collection points enable devices to be collected securely, ensuring data is securely removed and items are sold into responsible markets.