SXSWedu-logo.pngWin-Win! Strategies for EdTech/Educator Engagement


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This is an exciting time to be working in education -- for educators and for developers and edtech entrepreneurs. We have the opportunity to collaborate, innovate, and transform our education environments and experiences in so many different ways, but we must first understand how to communicate and engage with each other effectively. Developers and entrepreneurs want to know the best strategies for shaping their products for effectiveness in the classroom and sharing their products with educators, and educators want support the development of edtech products and services that will best meet needs in the classroom. We need productive ways to collaborate, communicate, and learn together. We need strategies for engaging with one another around new products, services, needs, and ideas. In this panel discussion, two classroom teachers and two edtech entrepreneurs will share their successful ideas, effective strategies, and experiences with positive entrepreneur/educator collaboration!


What are the most effective ways that educators can best represent their and their students’ needs to developers and edupreneurs, and what do edupreneurs want to know from teachers in order to best meet those needs?

What are the most effective ways that startups and edupreneurs can represent their products/services and share their ideas with educators without just “pitching” a product?

What are some of the most effective and/or most promising ideas and examples of collaboration between edupreneurs/startups and educators, and in what ways can edupreneurs/startups and teachers develop ongoing relationships focused on continued innovation and evolution of products and services?


Stephanie Sandifer (Organizer/Moderator), Educator
Dion Lim, CEO, PacerRabbit, Inc.
Lindsey Own, Educator
Jay Goyal, CEO, Actively Learn