In my own attempts to make ends meet, I've been doing just about anything and everything I can think of to save money or make money. Spending the last year in Boston made this not so much a lifestyle choice as a necessity.
"These are the realities of selling software to New York City schools. The New York City Department of Education recently began running “developer field trips” so Joo and other edtech entrepreneurs can get this information firsthand. The day trips--there have been two so far--take a small group of developers by bus to local schools where they can talk to principals and teachers and sit in on classes. “These are companies with great problem-solving methodologies, but they’ve never been in our schools so they don’t know what to solve,” explains Steven Hodas, the executive director of InnovateNYC, the NYCDOE division that organizes the field trips. “We’re trying to define the problems with the people who actually have the problems.”
From Physics to History to Computer Science, many of the world's largest universities and colleges have come together to use the edX online learning platform.
"The edX team made their code open source as of June 1, 2013 and are actively encouraging developers around the world to remix, rethink, and build onto the platform. After all, what better way to develop a product than to have countless people around the world add to it, use it, and continuously test it..."
Teaching isn't known to be a lucrative profession, but online marketplace Teachers Pay Teachers is changing that for some educators. Deanna Jump, a kindergarten teacher from Geo...
This article highlights the success of teacherpreneurs like Deanna Jump who are making a significant amount of money selling lesson plans and other teaching resources through the online marketplace Teachers Pay Teachers. For educators looking for a great source of side-income or interest in building up a business for retirement income, this is a great place to start!
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In an excerpt from a forthcoming book on the future of education, a group of accomplished educators envisions new roles for teacher leaders.
"...Many teachers like myself could play any number of teacherpreneurial roles depending on the needs of my school and the funding source—community organization, think tank, or university. Right now, many of us are developing curriculum materials, mentoring teachers, or creating partnerships between our schools and other organizations. And I can imagine more: I could do policy work outside my school and/or be a freelance writer, with perhaps only half of my salary paid by the school itself..."
"This is the third of my ongoing Teacherpreneur Spotlight series on innovative educators who take initiative to experiment with new teaching practices and tech tools. This week we take a look at Adam Bellow, a former educator in New York who founded his own startup, eduClipper."
Consistent with the Valley’s spirit to embrace failure, Bellow is quick to admit that he made a ton of mistakes along the way. “The trick is to learn quickly and keep going.”
In thinking back on what helped eduClipper come to life, Bellow offers these few bits of advice:
Focus on real pain points. “Don’t just set out to build something cool. If I set out to build Pinterest for educators that would suck. Start with a real problem and understand that pain point that you're trying to resolve.”
Community is at the core of everything. “Even before there was a real product, I focused on talking to people and being accessible. Growing my network in the startup space, especially around edtech, has been invaluable especially fumbling through our failures.”
Education is about people. “Our core values, as you can see from the sign on our door, is that teachers and students come first. If we started from the perspective of trying to make a ton of money it would never work.”
Noah ZeichnerDuring my first seven years of teaching I found many opportunities for leadership in my school. I chaired a department, led a family engagement team, and served as our school's educational technologist.
When you seek to carve out a niche for your business, you’re going to have a wide range of successes and failures. However, there are some very important marketing lessons you can learn the easy way. The following are just a few of those lessons.
As with most things, the more you do something the more efficient you become at it. While it can hard to imagine only allocating 30 minutes a day to social media, over time you will become more efficient at finding and posting interesting content and need less time to share content and respond to brand mentions.
Last weekend, four 4.0 Lab Cohort alums raced their way to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place at Startup Weekend EDU Orlando. They didn’t start with market analysis or a new technology to leverage, they started with the challenges they see every day as teachers.
Mary Meeker has released her annual slides on current trends and growth forecasts for the Internet's biggest movers and shakers. Some of the key insights that are relevant to educators, edupreneurs & teacherepreneurs:
The amount of information created and shared online globally is currently approaching 4 zettabyes (1 trillion gigabyes). By 2015, it's projected to hit nearly 8 zettabyes.
One-hundred hours of videos are being uploaded to YouTube per minute.
The number of smartphone subscribers has now hit 1.5 billion (21% global penetration), with China topping the list.
iPads are growing three times as fast as iPhones.
There will be 2.4 times as many computer science job openings as there are graduates.
The growth in online enrollment among U.S. postsecondary students (approaching 35%) and acceptance from "academic leaders" the quality of online learning is on par with traditional learning (77%).
Twitter tops the chart of "learning tools," based on a 2012 survey from 582 learning professionals (55% of whom reportedly work in education). YouTube, Google Docs, Google Search, and WordPress round out the top five.
Re-imagining the institution of education will have to be done from different levels. At TEDxSFED on Saturday, we heard from inspirational speakers who spok
Based on the work of the Center for Teaching Quality and Barnett Berry‘s new book “Teaching 2030,” the concept of “teacherpreneur” involves giving classroom teachers more of a voice in educational leadership, while allowing current educational leaders and policymakers opportunities to spend a part of each year working in a classroom with students.
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