Overview: The first thing you should do on TeachersConnect is create an account. Requiring every member of the community to create an account helps us ensure that only teachers and people who work with teachers can enter the community.
Some of the information you enter as you create your account will be visible to the rest of the community, for example, what grades and subjects you teach. This information helps other teachers get to know you.
Steps for creating an account:
- Go to www.TeachersConnect.online on any device: your phone, tablet, or computer. Click the red ‘Sign Up’ button.
- Click one of the three buttons to indicate if you are a teacher, in training to become a teacher, or involved in education another way.
- You will see a brief explanation of why we need you to answer a few questions.
- Fill out your Name, Email, and Password. Nobody else in the community will be able to see your email or password. Click Next.
- Answer each of the following questions by typing or selecting your answer. Once you select your answers you will need to click the Next button.
- Re-enter your email and password you used to sign up in order to sign into TeacherConnect.
Your profile, posts, questions, comments, answers, followers, people you are following, date you joined TeachersConnect, and your recent activity are viewable to all members on TeachersConnect. Other users cannot see your email address, password, or anonymous questions, but the rest of your profile is viewable by the TeachersConnect community.
Yes. From time to time we share trends and observations (always with de-identified data) with teachers in the TeachersConnect community, and as we grow, we intend to share more.
We use the information to tailor your experience to you and to limit the distraction of conversations that are not relevant to you. For example, if you teach AP Chemistry, we’ll make sure that your TeachersConnect experience isn’t dominated by strategies for early literacy instruction (unless you’ve identified early literacy instruction as a particular area of interest).
We collect your profile information and data about how you interact with the app, like what content you find helpful and how long you spend on specific pages.
Yes. You can report it through our support page and our staff will look into it. We reserve the right to ban users who do not belong on TeachersConnect.
Yes. If you see any posts that are unprofessional or disrespectful you can report them through our support page. Our staff will consider deleting the post. If individuals are so unprofessional that we decide they do not belong on the community we reserve the right to ban them from TeachersConnect.
If you see a post that is disrespectful or unprofessional you can contact support at TeachersConnect to notify us. We reserve the right to take down posts at any time. In addition, if an individual makes multiple posts that we need to take down, we reserve the right to ban that individual from the community. Our decision is final.
We do not judge what is good vs. bad advice or information. TeachersConnect is a community for teachers that encourages discussion and the consideration of a range of ideas. What each teacher does with ideas or content they get from the site is his or her responsibility. Our philosophy is that uncovering “bad” information and having a healthy, positive, evidence-based discussion about it, results in a powerful learning experience–and is much better than disseminating “bad” information without any discussion.
We also recognize that there are very few absolute truths in teaching and learning, and we urge community members to be more curious than critical and to consider perspective, different classroom characteristics, and varied personal interests when joining a conversation.
If you see a post that you believe includes misinformation, we encourage you to respond to it by being positive, respectful, asking questions, and working hard to turn the discussion into a learning experience for you, the initial poster, and anyone else who is following along.