My Take on EdTech Ambassadorships
To provide educators with better preparation for a new edtech product, several companies have introduced ambassador programs. Ambassadors, who are usually teachers, serve as a direct line of connection between a school and an edtech company by providing educators opportunities to test new products in the classroom.
Ambassadors also serve as advocates for the product, facilitating professional learning at events throughout the country and worldwide. In this article, I will be sharing my opinion on edtech ambassadorships and why I think they’re valuable. Read on for more.
Product Development is Guided by Educators
If you want to develop incredible classroom tools, you will have to work closely with other teachers and listen to them. Ambassadorships create a formal network between end-users and product teams.
For instance, at Nearpod, their PioNears – their ambassadors – are frequently in contact with their product team. They receive early access to a wide range of new features, provide detailed feedback about the products, consult on feature and lesson design, and more.
That way, their team can ensure that hard data is always complemented with evidence of how actual, real teachers are using their product. Ultimately, this helps Nearpod, and all other edtech companies, build tools that are more useful for learning and teaching.
Acceleration of the Educator’s Professional Development
Educators must be rewarded for their hard work, of course, but they must also depend on a growing support system to help ambassadors develop as leaders in thought. For many companies, this starts as providing robust, relevant materials on edtech tools and trends.
Edtech companies are training educators on how to use their product and become a more competent edtech user. Using Nearpod as an example again, the company offers their PioNears, and all other educators, a path to develop themselves professionally.
They also recognize the importance of creating spaces for collaboration between educators to share their best practices from their own classrooms and schools.
Improving Network Quality & Quantity
Teachers have a lot of respect for other teachers. Workshops led by ambassadors with authentic, powerful experiences with edtech in their classrooms are more impactful and relatable and can help build better relationships with school administrators.
Additionally, ambassadorships can help boost the network and reach of educators as well. This is great for teachers trying to branch out and increase their network and help them get their hands on new, exciting edtech to implement in their classrooms.
If you plan to contribute to an edtech ambassadorship, be it as an educator or an entrepreneur, my advice is – join for the right reasons. Your efforts to connect should be genuine, and you have to be passionate about edtech if you want to be a successful ambassador.