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Frequently Asked Questions
After purchasing the course, you will receive an email with your username and password to access the course immediately inside our system, which is called Moodle.
Once inside Moodle, you'll see a few orientation videos to get you familiar with the platform. Get started and have fun!
Both of our founders each have 5 children of their own and know first hand how important it is to keep young people safe online.
We also wanted to get 3rd party validation that our courses are designed appropriately for youth, so we completed a rigorous review process with the internationally-renowned kidSAFE Seal Program. We are pleased to have already received the following online safety certification verification:
"TechTrep is certified by the kidSAFE Seal Program. The kidSAFE Seal Program is an independent safety certification service and seal-of-approval program designed exclusively for children-friendly websites and technologies, including kid-targeted game sites, educational services, virtual worlds, social networks, mobile apps, tablet devices, and other similar interactive services and technologies. Click on the seal or go to www.kidsafeseal.com for more information."
All courses are built with the young student in mind and include all the interactive content, demo videos, checkpoints, projects, and required software (unless otherwise noted).
Students also have unlimited access to an Online Mentor for help, feedback, and support, as needed.
Our experienced Online Mentors are available anytime to provide technical assistance, creative project guidance, helpful feedback, and industry-relevant insights. Use the 'messenger' feature inside Moodle and the 'inbox' in Canvas to message the Online Mentor, who will reply as quickly as possible with an answer.
If needed, the Online Mentor can schedule a live, 1-1 troubleshooting session through Zoom, or some other video conferencing system.
No - not at all! That's why we're here and that's what we do! Our Online Mentors are the ones who will help your child with all course questions.
Parents are encouraged to learn right alongside their student - as we truly believe that tech and trep skills are helpful to EVERYONE!
No. Our online courses are designed specifically to allow students to move at their own pace and apply their creative energy to doing interesting projects throughout the course.
Courses typically require 15-20 weeks with 2-4 hours a week of learning and project time.
Each school is different and will have various policies for granting credit for work done outside of the classroom.
We have had many students earn 0.5 credit for completing these courses by providing appropriate documentation to their school counselor or teacher.
Our Online Mentors provide feedback on all student projects which are typically graded as "Compete / Incomplete". When these projects are combined with scores on the open-book "Check for Understanding" quizzes, students can generate a % grade report to provide as documentation when requesting credit from their school.
Since our courses are project-based, it's a tough question to answer.
We recommend students spend between 2-4 hours per week per course for about 15-20 weeks in order to experience a good rhythm of learning and start applying the key concepts into individual projects.
Students are strongly encouraged to design several different creative projects in each section to practice their new skills and unleash their imaginations. We have some students who enjoy designing multiple projects from one section of course for several months before moving on to the other concepts.
It's really all up to individual students to decide how much creativity and exploration they want to do. Students will have access to the course and Online Mentor for a full year.
We strongly believe that providing real-world opportunities to share student work is an essential part of the learning process.
Several courses will have opportunities to showcase your child's work virtually. If you belong to a school participating in TechTrep courses, you will most likely have showcase events scheduled by your teachers or other administrators. If you don't have any opportunities that you are aware of, feel free to share some ideas with your mentor and we'll work to make something happen with and for you!
Trep is short for 'enTREPreneur' as most people can't seem to say or spell that word very well.
We also think treps are instilled with a Maverick personality - someone who wants to stand out from the crowd and apply their skills to make a positive difference in the world.
We recognize that young people these days spend a lot of time with digital devices - often in time-wasting activities.
Our goal is to give parents options for their child to use screen time in an incredibly PRODUCTIVE way - learning valuable, real-world skills and bringing their imaginations to life.
Additionally, we think applying these TECH skills into the world of enTREPreneurship will give students the opportunity to reach out and create rewarding, interactive experiences with their local community.