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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:

A relationship.
or
The constructive act of two or more people bonded by shared experience, meaning, and value.

 

Sure, this definition has the obvious fingerprints of someone who has a bent toward social and emotional learning, and you could certainly make a case for terms like knowledge, thinking, analysis or application. But I like it—maybe because it speaks to the elementary teacher in me, or maybe because it’s at the heart of how we’re designing the look and feel of the TeachersConnect app due to hit the app stores in early July.

I also like it because it neatly sums up the draw of the ASU/GSV conference: shared experience, meaning, and value. Whether formal sessions, scheduled meetings, or impromptu discussions that happen when like-minded people collide over an afternoon granola bar snack, relationships develop—and teaching and learning bloom.

Shout out to the Ed Tech Times for spotting TeachersConnect at ASU/GSV!  See their full article about the startups shaking up education here.

TeachersConnect Summer Marketing Internship

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:

  • Create a campaign of brief and memorable communications via blogs, social media, and email.
  • Create one-pagers and other marketing materials to describe TeachersConnect goals and milestone progress.
  • Create templates and content for electronic market campaigns.
  • Be available and eager to solve whatever non-marketing problems arise in this small and innovative EdTech start-up entering an exciting phase.

Requirements: What Should be Immediately Clear to Us

  • You’re creative and surprising when it comes to using text and pictures to tell a story.
  • You’re hungry, fun, curious, humble, and aiming to learn about the start-up world and educational technology space. 
  • You’re an excellent writer, noted for your craft, brevity, and clarity.
  • You have a bias toward action.

What Would Really Raise our Eyebrows

  • You have experience launching and tracking social media and email campaigns.
  • You have experience in education or with teachers.

Details

This is a paid summer internship (start mid-May, end date negotiable) that requires a minimum commitment of 20 hours/week with the possibility to extend into a full-time permanent position. Work can be done in-person or virtually.

To learn more or apply go to:  https://teachersconnect.recruiterbox.com/jobs/bd4c8358c4224a2d9b00deffcfebaf93

How Do Teachers Get The Answers They Need?

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.

How do teachers learn how to handle those challenges? Who do teachers ask when they need answers to tough teaching questions?

Starting this summer, teachers will be able to post their teaching questions to the TeachersConnect community. Through the Q&A section of the app, any teacher will be able to type a question into their phone and that question will be sent out to a community of teachers.

Every question will live in a feed for the community to browse. The feed can be sorted to ensure unanswered or new questions receive attention. And for each question, a teacher can choose to answer it or indicate that they have that same question themselves.

Every teacher we have spoken to wants to help the teachers around them and many have amazing insights and experience to pass on. TeachersConnect Q&A provides a place to pass on hard-won knowledge and ensure new teachers don’t have to re-invent the wheel.  Once a question is answered the question/answer set is stored in a searchable database to ensure that advice and answers will be available in the future.

TeachersConnet Q&A aims to give every teacher access to trustworthy answers to their tough teaching questions. Our goal is to create a strong community of teachers who work together to ensure that no one feels isolated.

Do you want to be notified when TeachersConnect launches this summer? Sign up for our newsletter and stay tuned for the next sneak peek into the TeachersConnect world.

 

Imagine A World Where Teachers Have Access To Each Other

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

Finding New Pathways to Grow as a Teacher

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

Are You Attending SXSWedu?

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?

TeachersConnect Welcomes A New Teacher to the Team!

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!

How Meaningful are the Connections in Your Online Community?

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?

The Power of Significance

What happens when you truly matter and the secret to a longer life
By Marcel Ollmann

TeachersConnect is working with teachers on a user research project focusing on discovering what drives teachers in their daily lives and what challenges they experience in their professional careers. We have been performing this research primarily to inform our product development process—to ensure that we provide value and utility to teachers on a consistent basis. Continue reading The Power of Significance

What Do Teachers Think?

Why TeachersConnect constantly talks to teachers

By Eliza Kano-Bower

Yesterday, I tried to vacuum the floors of my apartment. I say tried because my vacuum was not a helpful tool for cleaning my floors. The pathetic suction levels failed to collect dirt from my rugs, the attachment that should have allowed me to clean corners was not easy to find, and I could not figure out how to empty the dirt compartment. I found myself thinking: Did anybody ever test this thing?

Continue reading What Do Teachers Think?