From Sea to Shining Sea: EdSurge Launches 'Fifty States Project'

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From Sea to Shining Sea: EdSurge Launches 'Fifty States Project'

EdSurge to share voices of edtech-using educators throughout US

By Mary Jo Madda (Columnist)     Apr 10, 2014

From Sea to Shining Sea: EdSurge Launches 'Fifty States Project'

From the Sunshine State upwards to the Rocky Mountains, down by the Bayou and over west to the Pacific Ocean, educators everywhere are using edtech--and chronicling their experiences. But have you heard them all? Where can you share these experiences and get a peek into stories from educators across the United States?

That's where our "Fifty States Project" comes in.

At EdSurge, we recognize that innovative teachers, administrators, and district leaders are everywhere, and when it comes to edtech they know what works (and what doesn't work) on the ground.

As such, EdSurge is looking for educators from all 50 states and six U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, US Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands) to share their stories by the end of 2014 about how they are implementing or integrating technology that personalizes learning for students directly, assists teacher productivity, and/or addresses student needs.

Why? Because we believe that educators should be at the heart of shaping the edtech industry. We want your voice to be heard. Just check out this video--it'll explain what we mean.

Kicking off the initiative are stories by superintendents, edtech coordinators, and teachers from eight states and the District of Columbia, published between January and April of this year.

Interested in contributing?

Submit your interest here. Yes, we’re picky: Stories should have rich details about what you’ve done, lessons learned and an insight or teachable moment that you’d like to share. Is it a strong enough story to share with your colleagues? Then we’ll probably like it, too.

Why are we doing this? We want to showcase the inspirational work that you and teachers in every corner of America are doing. How else will we learn?

Someone from my state has written a piece—can I still submit a piece? Absolutely. We want to make sure every state and territory is represented. But more voices are great!

What will happen to my story? We will polish it up with a little editorial elbow grease and put it on EdSurge.

At the end of 2014, we aim to publish a one-of-a-kind book that showcases edtech experiences across the country.

We look forward to seeing you in our collection of great teaching voices--and sharing your experiences with the edtech world. And if you'd like to share your experiences on a more social media level, Tweet about your stories with #Edsurge50. We'll periodically share them on the site!

Learn more about EdSurge operations, ethics and policies here. Learn more about EdSurge supporters here.

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