Activate 2021

10 things to do to set up for Activate success

Are you ready to kick off Activate 2021?

We hope you’re excited as we are about diving into Activate 2021 with your students.

Whether you’re pumped and ready to go, or are feeling a bit overwhelmed, we’ve put together a quick cheat sheet of 10 things to do before starting in the program. These will ensure you’re set up for success, and that you have the connections and contacts you need to make the program the best it can be. Find a quiet 10 minutes, grab a cuppa and check out the content below.

And remember, you can always find the latest Activate including key dates and more at . If you have any other questions, you can always shoot us an email to [email protected].  We’re always happy to hear from you, and remember, there’s no such thing as a stupid question. If you’re thinking it, someone else probably is too!

10 things to do before starting Activate 2021

1. If you didn’t join us live, watch the Activate Essentials (for new Activate teachers) and/or Activate Extra (for returning Activate teachers). Professional Learning videos in Thinkific – sign in here. If you have any issues signing in or accessing content, email us at [email protected]

2. Join the Teachers of Entrepreneurship Network on Facebook here

3. Spend 30 minutes looking at the lessons/ resources in your Thinkific Curriculum Stream to familiarise yourself with the content. If you have any issues signing in or accessing content, email us at [email protected]

4. Finalise your Driving Question, making sure to consider the appropriate scope of the problem, and the context complexity for your students.

5. Set your Showcase date (usually Week 10 of the term you are delivering Activate) and lock in your chosen venue. Let us know the date by email to [email protected] – we’ll help promote your Showcase and we’d love to join you if we can!

6. Complete your Sphere of Influence Map (PDF template here), and reach out to the following. Be sure to consider the potential role of older students at the school, parents, and caregivers within the school community and Alumni students. It may also be worthwhile reaching out to local co-working spaces, innovation hubs, business accelerator programs, local Council & Chamber of Commerce, & Rotary Clubs to identify:

  • Potential Catalysts for your Students – ie engaging and interesting speakers or leaders that could be invited in at the beginning of the unit to provide context to the role of an entrepreneur and the potential of the program (something to get excited about).
  • Potential Mentors for your Students – These would be best invited to work alongside your students two weeks before your Showcase to provide critical, expert feedback to support students to refine their ideas.
  • Potential Sponsors for your Showcase Event – ie local businesses or organizations that may be willing to donate prizes (financial and/or in-kind) for your showcase
  • Potential Judges for your Showcase Event – judges for a showcase event are typically a) A principal or school leader, b) a local entrepreneurial or business leader, and/or c) A local hero or person of interest.

7. Refine and finalize your assessment task. This will be different for every school and can be a portfolio of all the Exit Tickets (as identified in each Lesson Overview or summarised on the Unit Overview document), or as a culminating assessment task, such as a multimodal persuasive speech.

8. Have your students complete the Pre-Activate Survey here. This data will be compiled as a report and emailed to you and can be used to differentiate the program for your students.

9. Complete the Pre-Activate Teachers Survey here.

10. Book your school’s 1-to-1 with Nic online here to chat through contextualizing the program for your students.