Exposure to tech professionals increases student interest in tech and computing careers. Bring an Amazon employee to your class to deliver a virtual career talk and help your students better understand what it’s like to work in the tech industry... and what it takes to get there!
How does a Class Chat Work?

Step 1: Pairing and Planning

1. Complete the Teacher Class Chat Request form at least two weeks in advance of your desired Class Chat date. Slots are first-come, first-serve.
2. Once you are paired, you will receive a confirmation email with your volunteer's name and email.
3. Reach out to your volunteer to say "Hi" and send a calendar invite to your volunteer using your school’s preferred conference system.
4. Work with your school to confirm release forms and any needed tech setup.

Step 2: Teacher Preparation (at least one week before)

How you prepare your students for Class Chats is completely up to you but we've provided some resources that can help students have the most impactful Class Chat possible:

1. Review the Teacher Toolkit
2. Personalise any student-facing materials digital worksheet and slide deck.

Step 3: Student Preparation Lesson (1-3 days before)

1. Provide students with context about the Amazon volunteer and create questions that want to be asked towards the end of the Class Chat. Here is where you can utilise the slide deck.
2. Remind students to come to chat with their questions pre-planned and worksheets ready.

Step 4: Class Chat Lesson (day of)

1. Students will meet their Amazon volunteer on video, receive a 15-minute presentation about the Amazon volunteer's education and career experience, and participate in a 15 minute Q&A. After the chat, any reflection, discussion and feedback to be completed.
2. Collect all student worksheets.

Step 5: Class Chat Feedback (day after)

We would love to hear about how the Class chat went and any feedback that you have!

1. Complete the Teacher Class Chat Feedback form. Use collected student worksheets to submit requested results.
2. If you would like to send any private feedback, please email classchats-uk@amazon.com
FAQ
  • Will my Amazon volunteer be a computer science professional or could they have a non-tech role at Amazon?
    In an effort to show students the wide variety of roles in tech, we have recruited a diverse range of employees to participate in Class Chats. Some volunteers may be a software development engineer while others may be more focused on marketing or programme support. Computer science impacts all jobs here at Amazon, so we hope your volunteer can illuminate the vast array of opportunities that exist in the tech sector.
  • What ages can participate?
    We recommend Class Chats for ages 11-18.
  • I teach multiple Classes. Can I request multiple Class Chats?
    Yes! You can request a Class Chat for as many Classes as you need. It's possible that a volunteer may sign up to fulfill all your requests, or you may be paired with different volunteers for each one.
  • What conference platform do I need to use?
    It's up to you! You will be the owner of the calendar invite and conference link, so you can use any link your school prefers. If you don't have a conference system, your volunteer can set one up for you using Amazon Chime.
  • My friend works at Amazon. Can I request them as our Class Chat volunteer?
    You can let your friend know that you have requested a Class Chat. They will need to complete training and then can look for your request in our volunteer system. We cannot hold sections for specific requests at the moment.
  • I requested a Class Chat, but never heard back. What should I do?
    Please reach out to classchats-uk@amazon.com and let us know! This is a new programme, so while we will try our best to fulfill all requests, its possible that something went wrong on our end. Please email us and we will try our best to fix the situation.
  • Who can I contact for help?
    Reach out to classchats-uk@amazon.com for any additional support.
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