How TeachersConnect Uses Teacher Feedback During Product Development
By Dave Meyers, TeachersConnect Founder and CEO
Originally Published in the EdWeek Market Brief “Startup Blog” https://marketbrief.edweek.org/the-startup-blog/teacher-input-essential-startup-product-development/
When your aim is to build an amazing EdTech product, you’re almost always in a race against time. Getting to market quickly is the established measure of success – we hear it from investors and entrepreneurs alike. The risk of moving too slowly is that your competitors will beat you to the punch.
But moving too quickly carries its own risks. What if you don’t ask the right questions at the right time? What if you bring the wrong product to market? What if you miss obvious opportunities for impact and growth because you weren’t paying close enough attention?
Continue reading Sprinting to the starting line
How Do You Find the Resources You Need?
Teachers have a constant and ever-changing thirst for classroom resources. From full lesson plans, to worksheets, to test questions, to engaging projects and videos, teachers can never have too many great resources. However, as each teacher starts building a personal collection, he or she faces a number of challenges: Continue reading Stop Reinventing the Wheel
Quick Thoughts From the ASU/GSV EdTech Summit
By Dave Meyers, TeachersConnect CEO
In his keynote talk, Tim Shriver, Co-Founder and Chair of CASEL, an organization that aims to make “evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL) an integral part of education from preschool through high school,” shared the following definitions of Teaching and Learning: Continue reading Teaching, Learning, and Enduring Connections
We’re seeking a student or recent grad to help TeachersConnect launch a new smart phone application. Building on your skills and interests in marketing design and copywriting, your primary responsibility will be to tell such a powerful story to K-12 teachers that they’ll immediately recognize the value of TeachersConnect and download the app. You’ll be responsible for working closely with the CEO and Director of Client Success to: Continue reading TeachersConnect Summer Marketing Internship
Coming soon: TeachersConnect Q&A
As a teacher, every day presents new challenges. On Monday you have to figure out a brilliant way to teach long division to a student who is struggling. Tuesday you have a meeting with a parent whose child is transferring into your class. Wednesday you need to decide whether or not to send a misbehaving student to the principal’s office. Continue reading How Do Teachers Get The Answers They Need?
How can every teacher become an amazing teacher?
When you were growing up did you ever have a really great teacher? A teacher who explained confusing problems in ways that clarified everything? Or one with so much energy and enthusiasm that they inspired interest from every student? Or how about a teacher that you knew really cared about you and your future? Continue reading Imagine A World Where Teachers Have Access To Each Other
How others have used TeachersConnect to grow professionally.
The other night, I sat listening to a couple friends chat about dating apps and websites. They were talking about dates they’ve gone on, whom they’ve met, and honestly, a lot about how it didn’t often work out. But it made me realize just how much technology has changed the way we meet and interact with people, both dating and in a larger sense. You’re probably thinking right now, “Hello, Kristen… let me welcome you to 2017,” and if you were thinking just that, hear me out. Continue reading Finding New Pathways to Grow as a Teacher
Stop by SXSW Launch competition and give a holler for TeachersConnect!
TeachersConnect is honored to be selected to complete in the SXSW live startup competition at the SXSWedu annual conference! As one of ten national finalists chosen from a deeply competitive pool, TeachersConnect will have the opportunity to present to a panel of esteemed judges and a live audience. Continue reading Are You Attending SXSWedu?
Who better to design products for teachers than a teacher?
We are excited to announce that Dan Staton has filled the long-awaited role of User Experience designer at TeachersConnect. It has long been our philosophy that we build every piece of our products with the needs, desires, and lives of teachers in mind. Dan has joined us to help us take that philosophy to the next level. He believes that carefully listening to teachers and really understanding where they are coming from is critical to successful design. Continue reading TeachersConnect Welcomes A New Teacher to the Team!
Engaging through sharing
By Kristen Fleury
It was in the living room on Christmas Eve, surrounded by family, that I noticed both myself and fiance’s grandmother were the only ones not engaging. I sensed a loneliness that we both shared in that moment. We were both absolutely a part of it, yet for different reasons we were both not truly engaged in it. In her lap sat a present she had received earlier that day from her son. It was a photobook of old images of her hometown and family. I sidled up next to her and asked her to show me her new book and tell me about some of the images. I’m not sure how long we sat there lost in looking at the images and chatting, but I know we made a memorable connection then. Continue reading How Meaningful are the Connections in Your Online Community?