In the last 5 years, Education Technology has gone through a drastic change. Hundreds of startups have sprouted up, and with them they bring apps that are free to use. Really, to get into strong user base in today's education world you have to be free. These companies are driven by investors who see there potential user base, and they invest with an expectation of a return in the future. In reality, this model means they have to keep there staffs small, but they need to expand there outreach as much as possible. Many of them have turned to some sort of ambassador program in order to do that, and I think these amabassador programs ar eimportant on mnay levels.
To give you some context, this is a topic where I have more expertise then most. I am a member of 10 programs including Alpha Squirrels, Osmo Advocates, Swivl Pioneers, Nearpod Pionears, Edmodo Certified Trainers, Class Dojo Ambassadors, Touchcast Ambassadors, Tackk EduAdvocates, Symbaloo Pd Pros, and the Remind Connected Educators. I know what you are thinking...he is a sell out. You might think that I have sold my soul to these companies, and I am now there product pitch man. What if I already use them? What if I already share them? Wasn't I already doing that? All of these companies make something that I truly believe in, and the connection has become incredible valuable.
Where is the value? The biggest thing is the incredible support you get. Most of these companies are still at a startup type