We work with startups, and while it’s incredibly rewarding to spend our time with smart, motivated entrepreneurs, sometimes we can feel very far removed from the teachers and students who inspire us to do this work. Every now and then I like to take a look at what educators are saying about our portfolio companies, as a reminder of the very real impact they have.
Here are a few quotes from teachers talking about the transformative power of the edtech products they use:
ClassDojo is a behavior management tool that emphasizes positive behavior and provides a behavior record for each student.
Not only has ClassDojo improved my classroom behavior, but it has helped improve their math and reading scores as well! I don’t know of any other behavior management site or system that is this versatile and effective. The days of needing to call home about my students’ behavior have passed…but, I sure have made a lot of ‘Compliment Calls.'
Angela West, 4th grade teacher (source)
My students are still talking about how awesome it is to receive messages from their teacher. They come to my class prepared and on time more regularly than I have ever experienced. Parents have told me that they enjoy feeling more “in the know” of what their student is doing in my class.
Catherine Flippen, high school teacher (source)
Socrative saves me time, gives students immediate feedback, helps me to make better, more informed decisions and is helping me easily gather the data that the job demands.
Shawn McCusker, high school teacher (source)
During the day, when my student is facing a challenging moment, I’m now able to share in Goalbook a play-by-play of the steps and actions I’ve taken with the student... The parents love this. They’ve told me, ‘When we hear which strategies have been successful, what’s been working for you, this information helps us be more successful with our child at home. We appreciate the communication we get from you.’
District Post-Secondary / Transition Coordinator (source)
Teachers of every subject area will see students of almost every skill level benefit from what instaGrok has to offer... instaGrok isn’t designed to feed users simple answers; rather, it fosters customizable levels of inquiry that will help your students learn how to be critical thinkers and creative problem solvers, instead of mindless button pushers. And that’s transformative learning!
Shawn Jacob, high school teacher (source)
Are you thinking about starting an edtech startup? How will you make life better for educators and learners?