Alter Your World by Recognizing Innovative Teachers

In 2013, we introduced Alter Your World to the Alt community at our flagship event in Salt Lake City. Since then we have loved watching the community strive for change, show acts of kindness, and celebrate doing good.

With Teacher Appreciation Week on the horizon (May 4-8), we were inspired to recognize all the outstanding teachers out there who are utilizing technology in the classroom to engage, inspire, and educate a generation of innovative thinkers.

We have partnered with The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, who supports teachers and celebrates innovation in education, to bring our Alt community a fantastic opportunity. During the next two weeks, we hope you will join us in a contest to celebrate just that and participate for a chance to win a ticket to Alt Summer for yourself and $500 cash for a deserving teacher.

Between May 1st and May 15th, you have three ways to appreciate an educator in your life who is using social media in innovative ways in the classroom. If you’re an educator, we’d love to hear how you are using social media. Please read the entry rules carefully, each platform has specific rules and specific dates for entry. 

If your entry is chosen, your spotlighted educator or you, if showcasing your own classroom, will receive $500 for use in the classroom and you win a ticket to Alt Summer 2015. Three winning entries will be chosen, one blog entry, one Twitter entry, and one Instagram entry. 

Write a blog post!

Write a blog post that highlights a teacher or someone in education who is using social media in innovative ways in the classroom. If you’re an educator you can share how you’re using social media to enter to win both pieces of the prize.

  1. Posts must be published between May 1 and May 15, 2015.
  2. Posts must be between 300 to 500 words.
  3. Posts must include the Alter Your World button, available here.
  4. Posts must include the following notice at the top of the post: This post is part of a promotion of Alter Your World, an Alt Summit project aimed at celebrating actions, big or small, that focus on good in the community.
  5. You are eligible to enter multiple times, but each entry must highlight a different teacher. 

UPDATE: The contest has ended. The winner is Lauren Weatherly and Danielle Charron, a teacher at Boulder Journey School in Boulder, Colorado.

Share on Twitter!

Spotlight an educator or education program using social media in innovative ways in the classroom.

  1. Tweets must be posted between May 6, 2015 9AM PDT/12PM EDT and May 8, 2015 5PM PDT/8PM EDT.
  2. Tweets must include the #TeacherDesignED.
  3. Participate in live #AltChat conversation about driving engagement with social media on Twitter between 9AM PDT/12PM EDT and 10AM PDT/1PM EDT on May 6, 2015 for additional chances to win.
  4. Send Kelly@AltitudeSummit.com an email with your Twitter username along with the name of the educator and/or school program you’re spotlighting.
  5. You are eligible to enter multiple times, but each entry must highlight a different teacher. 

UPDATE: The contest has ended. The winner is Kelsey Gwen, @Kelsgwe.

Share on Instagram!

Post a photo on Instagram that highlights an innovative use of social media in the classroom and tell us a little about how students are engaged. If you’re an educator you can share an example from your classroom.

  1. Original photo must be shared on Instagram between May 9 and May 11 by 5PM PDT.
  2. Entry must include #TeacherDesignED_AlterYourWorld.
  3. Posts must include the following notice: This post is part of a promotion of Alter Your World, an Alt Summit project aimed at celebrating actions, big or small, that focus on good in the community.
  4. Send Kelly@AltitudeSummit.com an email with a link to your photo along with the name of the educator and school program you’re spotlighting.
  5. You are eligible to enter multiple times, but each entry must highlight a different teacher. 

UPDATE: The contest has ended. The winner is Monica Wiant, @MonicaWiant.