EdTechTeam is a global network of educational technologists dedicated to inspiring and empowering other educators, and to helping schools be Future Ready. With 24 employees and over 150 contractors (most practicing or former educators), the team operates in 26 states and 23 countries (on 6 continents… with local subsidiaries in Canada and Australia), producing professional development experiences in 9 languages for over 50 thousand educators face-to-face per year.
EdTechTeam is an official Google for Education Professional Development Partner. Having been involved in leading the Google Teacher Academy from its inception in 2006 through the most recent international events in 2014, the team is best known for their series of Summits featuring Google for Education, with over 150 conference-style events produced to date since July 2012, and over 100 events scheduled around the globe in 2015 alone. Through a Custom Professional Development program, twice as many smaller (mostly workshop style) events will be delivered in 2015 as well.
EdTechTeam works closely with many teams at Google, including Google Apps for Education, Chromebooks for Education, Google Play (Android) for Education, Search for Education, and Geo for Education, as well as a variety of emerging markets teams and community outreach teams. Google frequently contracts directly with EdTechTeam to develop training materials, offer consulting expertise, and provide professional development for educators. EdTechTeam also offers conference-style summits featuring iOS (including other Apple products), Moonshots in Education, and Future Ready Schools.
In 2014, EdTechTeam worked with the White House, the Department of Education (ED), and the Alliance for Excellent Education to launch the Future Ready Schools movement. In November 2014, President Obama announced the Future Ready District Pledge, which has been signed by over 2000 superintendents to date, representing 30% of the nation’s students. In support of this initiative EdTechTeam, a Future Ready Schools Coalition Partner, helps schools develop capacity in six areas key to successful school change: courageous leadership, empowered teachers, student agency, inspiring spaces, robust infrastructure, and engaged community.
Though professional development for teachers is traditionally the team’s core competency, the team also produces a successful series of Leadership Institutes and Technical Retreats. Recently, EdTechTeam launched a Learning Space Design Studio, and also hired a Director of Student Agency to manage a growing number of student-facing services such as student summits, robotics camps, and the TechSherpas student tech support model. When students are involved in a change initiative, teachers cannot ignore new systems and do things they always did. Similarly, when parent expectations change, schools must change with them; thus EdTechTeam frequently leads parent nights or community galas.
The team’s Moonshots in Education partnership with influential author and educator Esther Wojcicki also provides a process for helping schools cultivate innovation throughout their culture. In July 2015, EdTechTeam produced the first Moonshot EDU Summit in Amsterdam. Participants included 40 representatives from countries throughout Europe, as well as 10 from the US and other regions of the globe. The event featured a design sprint that allowed small teams of participants launch their own “Moonshot” in an attempt to solve some of education’s biggest problems. Additional events are planned around the globe, and the experience is now available to schools everywhere.
In March 2015 EdTechTeam began work on a new initiative, Breakout EDU, which brings the excitement of “escape room” scenarios into the classroom. Breakout EDU creates engaging learning games that teach teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting. Specifically K-12 Breakouts can be used to teach core academic subjects and have embedded standards that apply problem solving strategies within a real world collaborative context. As of August 2015, over 200 kits had been sold in 36 states (as well as Canada & Australia), and the project has entered the open beta stage. Breakout EDU has been used with students and as a professional development experience for educators and educational leaders. 99% of all beta testers have said they’d like to play another game and 89% have indicated a desire to be involved in more beta testing.
EdTechTeam, Inc. is a California Benefit Corporation with a mission to improve the world’s education systems using the best technology and best learning principles possible. In an effort to give back, and to effect positive social change in schools, a percentage of all revenue is allocated to a put devices in the hands of students who need them. In the past three years, EdTechTeam has launched twenty four 1:1 pilot classrooms in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. This is an ongoing grant program with more to come in additional states and countries. EdTechTeam also donates tickets (or arranges scholarships) so teachers in emerging markets and struggling urban areas can take advantage of the team’s professional development opportunities (with over a hundred tickets donated to Chicago Public Schools in March alone). The team officially supports a free online community of over 6000 educators, a series of free online workshops (on pace to reach as many educators on an annual basis), and a free quarterly newsletter that reaches over 25 thousand educators.
Having doubled our impact every year since 2006, EdTechTeam is a fast-growing mission-driven company actively engaged in improving education and making the world a better place for generations to come. This is only the beginning.