Recruiting · Edtech

How to get teachers involved in EdTech?

Ryan Weldon Founder/CEO at Breakable

November 11th, 2015

Currently cultivating an EdTech startup but would love to have a seasoned teacher on board to give some great insights in the Education industry. Does anyone know of a place/service to recruit teachers for EdTech startups?


Margaret Weigel Education technology leader in design, development and online engagement -- what problems can I help you solve?

November 13th, 2015

A bit late to the conversation, but I'm wondering what type of relationship you're looking for -- a short-term conversation or a longer-term engagement with educators? 

W/r/t industry knowledge, are you looking for one person's individual take on teaching, or a broader view of the industry itself?  W/r/t recruiting teachers, it depends on how you want to engage with them.  Having teachers review a new product is a lot easier than having their students use it. :)  Best, Margaret

Andrea Osborn Junior Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company

November 11th, 2015

Hi Ryan, I friend forwarded me this chain.  I spent six years in the NYC public school system followed by three years at McKinsey as a consultant.  I've got a good sense of what works both in the business space and the education space (which I want to return to).  Feel free to reach out if you would like to chat. 
Best,
Andrea

John CFA Director of Technology at St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School

November 11th, 2015

EdTech is a catalyst for innovation - but not for the reason you are thinking.  It is a wedge into a "privatized" classroom where instructional design can help improve student activities.  It is much less alarming than if an administrator were to coming knocking on a teacher's door and ask to discuss their curriculum.

Alex Inman Servant to Learning

November 11th, 2015

My company has provided this as a service.  We have over 130 educators from across the globe, though mostly in the US.  Most of our services are directly targeted towards schools but we also provide support for vendors with their products, including the design and delivery of professional development, ROI analysis and white paper creation.

Julie Trell Consultant: Corporate Philanthropy, Enterprising Educator, Creative THNKr, Door Opener, Light Bulb Turner-On

November 11th, 2015

I'm a former classroom teacher and technology specialist - where I helped teachers integrate technology in the classroom. (However, I've not been in the classroom or schools for quite some time, I do still speak "teacher")

Leah Kaminsky-Levy Managing Editor, Content Stragiest and Head Writer

November 11th, 2015

Really happy to hear you say this. This is a topic that's near and dear to my heart (I've written about it http://www.edudemic.com/why-we-need-edupreneurs/, and at one point I was looking at starting a company to get more teacherpreneurs into ed tech). If you'd like to put out a recruitment call for teachers, I can post this on the Twitter feed for the publication I do a lot of writing for, which has a big following of ed tech-loving teachers. If you'd like me to do that, please message me directly with a link to the description of what you're looking for, and any social pages they can use to contact you.

Anonymous

November 11th, 2015

I'm a high school math teacher who'd be excited to share ideas.

Anonymous

November 11th, 2015

Also, edsurge.com works to bring teachers and entrepreneurs together - Sent from Mailbox

Amy Vernon Audience Development. Community, content & product. Prize-winning journalist & writer. Connector of people & ideas.

November 11th, 2015

There are some great EdTech Twitter chats. This list may not be 100% up-to-date, but will give you an idea of what's out there and places to look:
https://sites.google.com/site/twittereducationchats/education-chat-official-list

Jason Rosengren Co Founder and CEO at Airzurv Technologies

November 11th, 2015

Ryan I have some contacts which are teachers which are interested in what you are doing. Send me a note and I will connect you. Cheers Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.