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?


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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.

Jeff Kuchak Owner/Artis at Storm Spoons

November 11th, 2015

Hi I have taught for 15 years, in two different states, in three different school systems (urban, suburban, and rural), and in the elementary and middle school level. I currently teach grades k-6, run data for class room teachers, teach academic gifted, and I am on a few different committees. If you need someone to bounce ideas off please message me. 

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

Sue Duris Marketing & Customer Experience Leader. Advisor.

November 11th, 2015

There are three chats I would suggest you look into to find appropriate folks for your #edtech startup, they are #edtechchat (Mon 8pm EST), #digcit (7pm EST 2nd/4th Wed) and #edchat (Tues 7pm EST). 

Good Luck!

Gordon Ph.D. CEO, Educational Technology Leadership Consulting

November 13th, 2015

Ryan,

The premier member national/international organizations in application of technology to K12 education at Consortium for School Networking (COSN.ORG) and International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE.ORG). Both host national conferences.

If you are looking for resources, they abound from non-profits such as Common Sense Media, Digital Promise, Partnership for 21st Century (p21.org), TakingITGlobal and Edutopia to a plethora of for-profits.




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.

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