Trailblazers in Edtech: Angela Maiers
The Tech Edvocate is pleased to produce its “Trailblazers of Edtech” series. This series profiles the top edtech influencers in the world. To create this series, The Tech Edvocate editorial team exhaustively researched the movers and shakers of edtech. To frame our methodology, we decided to define the term “edtech influencer” broadly. In this series, you will find administrators, bloggers, journalists, policymakers, researchers, innovators, businessmen, activists, etc. who are transforming the edtech space as we know it.
The influencers that we chose are all active in the area of edtech, doing something influential in edtech, well-known throughout the edtech landscape, and making an impact globally. We are excited to witness how these influencers continue to change the world this year, and we are anxious to see who will stand on the shoulders of these giants, and as a result, become a part of this series. In this installment of “Trailblazers in Edtech,” we will profile Angela Maiers, Founder of Maiers Education Services.
Founder of Maiers Educational Services, Teacher, Writer
What Her Current Focus Is: With over 25 years of experience in education, Angela Maiers is a strong proponent of helping students feel passionate about learning and schools. She is the creator of the You Matter Movement and an advocate for the Genius Hour in schools. The You Matter Movement is centered on helping teachers help students feel seen, recognized, and valued which, in turn, helps them plug into their education. The Genius Hour is an idea she borrowed from Google’s 20% Time policy for their engineers. Under this theory, students are given (at least) one class period per week to pursue their passions under the tutelage of a teacher.
How She’s Transforming the EdTech Space: Maiers works to help teachers and students understand and employ the innovative power of technology. Through Twitter, Instagram, and other social media, Maiers encourages teachers and other adults to send Mattergrams, messages tagged #YouMatter that encourage students and children to recognize their power to impact the world in a positive way.
What Her Background Is: Maiers is an alumna of the University of Iowa. She received a Bachelor’s in Education. She also holds a Master’s degree in Education and Curriculum from Drake University. She has 28 years of teaching experience across a range of grade levels, and her work has impacted over 78,000 American classrooms.
What May Surprise You About Her: Maiers claims that the elementary school job of being the milk carrier is the most important, most coveted of responsibilities, and can be used as a microcosm of viewing your place in the world.