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Are you an elementary or middle school educator? Do you want to help shape the future of coding & STEAM tools within education? Are you constantly seeking opportunities to collaborate with educators on the leading edge of technology like yourself, with a common goal of inspiring the next generation of innovators, big thinkers, and inventors?
If the answer is yes (or you know someone who fits the bill), invite them to apply to the latest iteration of our  littleBits Lead Educator Program!
 
WHAT IS THE LITTLEBITS LEAD EDUCATOR PROGRAM?
The littleBits Lead Educator Program is a collaboration between littleBits - our education, product and community experts - and top educators and administrators across the country. The goal is to bring invention and innovation to every classroom by bringing the value of littleBits as a STEAM and coding tool to the forefront of educational discourse. littleBits Lead Educators are the teachers, coaches, librarians, specialists, administrators, and after-school all-stars that seek out new technologies and design best practices around those tools. They are the education leaders who want to promote student-centered, interest-driven, and curiosity-focused learning spaces, and who are excited by using the design process as a framework for achieving those ends.
As a participant in our program, you’ll have the opportunity to receive multiple Code Kits or STEAM Student Sets depending on the track you choose. You'll also be eligible to earn points that will help fund your admission to national or local education conferences of your choice. More information about the kits and swag you'll receive as compensation is detailed below in each track of this program.

 

 

****> Apply here by February 27  <****

 

Sound interesting, but not able to participate this spring? Click here to join our list for upcoming opportunities for educators.

 
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?
Our second littleBits Lead Ambassador Program offers you two different ways to participate. Each track will have different types of planning and work required. You should choose the one you’re most interested in and that most plays to your strengths as an educator in your community.
You’ll start with a one-hour kickoff session via Google Hangouts, followed by a week of playing with the kits yourself. Over the course of the 15-week program, every participant must:

  • Play with the Kits! You’ll want to get really familiar with both the Code Kit and STEAM Student Set, and their related projects.
  • Participate as a littleBits Lead Educator in one of the following tracks:

Track 1: Evangelist - organize and run events
Ambassadors who choose this track will:

    • Organize events inviting educators and administrators from your district, community, or city to spread the word about best practices in STEAM and coding in schools, and how littleBits offers a cross-curricular solution to teaching both. As an evangelist, your mission is to tell every educator you know why they should bring littleBits into their classroom.
      • Event Ideas:
        • Lunch & Learn: Invite all principals, assistant principals, tech directors in your district to get together for lunch and a chance for hands-on experience with littleBits. littleBits sponsors lunch.
        • Donuts & PD: Invite your principal, assistant principal, tech director, curriculum coach, and teachers in your school to get together for an hour of PD with hands-on experience with littleBits over coffee & donuts. littleBits sponsors food.
        • Maker Fair: Showcase projects made with littleBits.
        • EdTech events: Present at local edtech events attended by educators and administrators.
        • CSA Events: Present at your next CSA event.
        • PTA Events: Present at your next PTA event - Explain to parents the value of bringing littleBits into their child’s school, after school, or summer programs.

Track 2: Thought Leader - write and publish or speak at conferences
Ambassadors who choose this track will:

  • Write articles and/or blog posts in leading education publications (Edutopia, Edsurge, MindShift, etc.).
  • Submit proposals for presentations/workshops/talks at national and regional education conferences (ISTE, CoSN, CUE, etc.).
  • Host or participate in leading education podcasts discussing STEAM and coding.

All ambassadors must:

  • Attend four 15-minute check-ins on Google Hangouts for updates, wins, challenges, and good memes.
  • Maintain a log of their work in a Google Drive Sheet including planning, progress, drafts, documentation, results and reflection.
  • Have each event, presentation, or publication pre-approved by a member of the littleBits team.
  • Continue to rally support for littleBits by participating in a minimum of one external local, national, or digital event over the next year as a littleBits representative.

 
WHAT DO I GET IN RETURN?
Depending on the track you choose, and your level of your participation in that Track, you’ll be eligible to receive different amounts of Code Kits, STEAM Student Sets, and littleBits swag.
Incentives: EVANGELIST (Track 1)

    • You will receive 5 Code Kits + 5 STEAM Student Sets to use during your evangelist events.
    • Keep 1 Code Kits + 1 STEAM Student Set ($600 value) for every event you organize between March 12 and June 8, 2018.
    • If you organize more than 5 events, for every additional event you organize, you will receive 100 points. You can use your points to get sponsorship opportunities to go to education conferences: Every 100 points translates to a $100 registration fee.

Incentives: THOUGHT LEADER (Track 2)
For every article you publish and/or presentation, podcast, workshop, or podcast you participate in, you will receive 1 STEAM Student Set or Code Kit (your choice). CAP: 10 kits. Timeframe: March 12 and June 8, 2018.

  • If you publish more than 10 articles, for every additional article you publish or every podcast you participate in, you will receive 100 points. You can use your points to get sponsorship opportunities to go to education conferences: Every 100 points translates to $100 in registration fees.

All participants, regardless of track chosen, will receive:

  • Access to digital training with littleBits coaches & experts
  • Opportunities to share your experiences by leading webinars and attending conferences
  • An opportunity to showcase how amazing you & your students are to a national audience
  • The chance to establish yourself as a leader in STEM/STEAM & education technology
  • A bag of littleBits swag
  • littleBits Lead Educator Certificate

 
 
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
We’re looking for 20 innovative 3rd-8th grade educators who are based in the USA (teachers, coaches, librarians - all educators are welcome). You must be able to participate and contribute from March 1 to June 15, 2018.
We are looking for a diverse group of inventive educators who...

  • Love making things and sharing them.
  • Are articulate writers, speakers, and dynamic presenters.
  • Love talking to other educators about the importance of STEAM in every classroom and across all subjects, whether in person or in writing, in big or small group settings.
  • Work with elementary or middle school students or teachers.
  • Are able to meet the demands and time constraints of the program. We realize the school year is always busy and if you have doubts about participating, we encourage you to wait to apply for another round.
  • Have been teaching 4 years or more.
  • Have some experience with littleBits OR coding in the classroom.
  • Have opinions on how technology should be used in the classroom and want them to matter.
  • Are based in the USA (we plan to extend the program to other countries in the future!).
  • Are ready to have a positive impact on their community with littleBits by attending events, running workshops, speaking at conferences or publishing articles in top education publications.

 
 
HOW DO I APPLY?
Fill out this application by February 27. If selected into the final round, we will conduct a short phone interview. Participants will be selected based on mix of grades, domains, locations, learning environments (i.e. classroom, after school, library). We will notify educators accepted into the program by March 1. Please note that if selected, applicants will be required to execute additional documentation, as specified by littleBits, prior to participating in the program.
 
 
FAQ

  • When is the application due date?
    • February 27 at 11:59pm ET
  • How do I apply?
  • When do I find out if I have been accepted into the program?
    • You will be notified no later than March 1, 2018.
  • When does the program begin and end?
    • The program officially kicks off on March 5 and ends June 15, with additional opportunities available throughout the year.
  • Spring - especially May - is a crazy time in schools. Should I apply if I am unsure if I will be able to participate?
    • No. We know this is a busy time of the school year, so you should only apply if you have the bandwidth and ability to take on a new project.
  • Where does it take place?
    • Online! We will use digital collaboration tools such as Google Hangout, Google Docs, and Google Sites to build epic resources.
  • What am I expected to complete by the end of the program?
    • As a littleBits Lead Educator, your deliverables will vary based on the track you choose:
      • Track 1: Evangelist - run events and workshops. Organize events inviting educators and administrators from your district, community, or city to spread the word about best practices in STEAM and coding in schools, and how littleBits offers a cross-curricular solution to teaching both. As an evangelist, your mission is to tell every educator you know why they should bring littleBits into their classroom.
      • Track 2: Thought Leader - publish articles or present at conferences.
  • Can I work with a partner?
    • Absolutely. You and a partner may apply together, but you will be responsible for splitting the compensation amongst yourselves.
  • What compensation do I receive for being in the program?
    • You will receive Code Kits, STEAM Student Sets, littleBits swag, and the opportunity to earn points that could sponsor your admission to educational conferences. The amount of kits you may keep will depend on the level of your activity in each track, as described in the section "What Do I Get In Return?" above.
  • What grade-level should I be working with to be considered?
    • Grades 3-8.
  • I work in an after school setting. Can I still apply?
    • Yes!
  • I don’t work in the classroom or see students on a regular daily basis in my role as a coach, director, etc. Should I still apply?
    • Yes. You do not have to be a formal classroom teacher, but should work in a school or district office.
  • I have never coded before, but have experience teaching with littleBits. Should I still apply?
    • Absolutely! We want a range of skill sets and experiences.
  • I’ve never taught using littleBits or taught coding in the classroom. Should I still apply?
    • We will give priority to educators who have implemented littleBits and / or coding in their learning space. However, if you have no experience but are an exceptional candidate, then we certainly want you in the program!
  • I’m an educator who has been in the classroom for 3 years but feel excited and confident about this program. Can I apply?
    • You may still apply, but we will give priority to educators with more experience. We want to ensure successful and complete participation, and we often find this is more difficult for teachers early in their career.
  • Will I have fun?
    • YES! I mean, maybe as not much fun as these two:

 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
The littleBits Lead Educator Program is part of The littleBits Educator Lab, which is a series of programs facilitating collaboration between top educators and littleBits in order to embed student and educator voices throughout the littleBits design process. Programs within the Lab invite our community members to get their hands dirty designing lessons, tools, activities, and new approaches to learning using littleBits.
littleBits Educator Lab programs pop up at various points in our product design process: Advisory Councils to guide early kit development, a network of play testers throughout the design process, and Lead Educators to develop innovative tools and resources around new kits.
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Neveen Mourad
Sr. Manager of Community Programs