At EdTechTeacher, we understand teachers because all of us have been in the classroom. Given our backgrounds, we recognize the challenge of preparing students for an increasingly complex and cognitively demanding world and leverage our experiences to provide professional development to teachers who are dedicated to creating innovative learning opportunities for their students.
From large school districts to small independent schools, we have experience with a wide range of educational settings and grade levels. If your school or district is trying to leverage new technologies to support student learning, we are excited to partner with you.
How We Got Started
It all began in 2002 when Tom Daccord received a small grant to develop a set of resources for his new pilot history classroom with exclusive access to a laptop cart. With those funds,Tom developed one summer workshop for 7 people on Teaching History with Technology at Noble and Greenough school as well as the Best of History Web Sites. In 2006, Justin and Tom began their partnership, and co-authored the practical guide for teachers Best Ideas for Teaching with Technology. By the start of the 2008 school year, EdTechTeacher had become a full-time endeavor with a full curriculum of summer workshops and school year programs. Over the past few years, we have diversified our offerings, but our mission remains the same: to support educators in their quest to enrich student learning experiences through emerging technologies.
During the summer, we work primarily with individual teachers and school leaders in our summer workshop series. We run a wide variety of workshops in Atlanta, Chicago, and in Cambridge (near Boston), all of which are hands-on, intensive, and prepare teachers and school leaders to change their practice.
Onsite Workshops, Keynotes, and Presentations
During the academic year, we work directly with schools and districts. We travel to institutions across the country and around the world to deliver keynote presentations and lead short workshops. Our presentations engage and challenge audiences, while our hands-on workshops equip faculty with new tools and strategies that they can use in class the very next day.
Sustained Professional Development - Our Teaching for the 21st Century (T21) Program
We prefer to build long-term relationships with schools so that we can work with teachers over an extended period of time in order to have a real impact on their teaching. The EdTechTeacher Teaching for the 21st Century Professional Development Program (T21) provides cohorts of teachers with the opportunity to develop their technology integration skills over a one-year period through the coaching and support of educators who have extensive experience.
Our professional development work builds institutional capacity for innovative teaching from the bottom-up, and we complement that with our work with school and district leadership teams. We help leadership teams develop vision and strategy, assess their technology infrastructure, and assess the impact of their technology investments.
We host regional and national conferences to bring together the educational technology community. Since March of 2012, we have hosted Leading Change in Changing Times - our inaugural leadership conference - as well as the first National iPads in Education Summit - EdTechTeacher iPad Summit USA.
March 4-5, 2013, we will be co-hosting a leadership conference with MassCUE, MASCD, and The Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning, and Creativity. For more information about Leading. Learning. The Future! please visit leadingfuturelearning.org.
We will host the second EdTechTeacher iPad Summit USA in Atlanta, GA, April 10-12, 2013 at The Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center. This event, much like the first one, promises to bring together an international crowd devoted to putting iPads and other mobile devices in the service of learning.
Finally, we work with educational publishers to develop materials that support our mission of creating student-centered, inquiry-based learning environments. We've worked in partnership with basal publishers and small game designers to build content, evaluate products, and improve student learning experiences.