Common Sense Certified Educators: EdTech Mentors

Common Sense Certified Educators:
EdTech Mentors

Are you using technology in your classroom or school in innovative ways? Join the movement that is redefining how technology is empowering teachers to transform classroom learning.

Become a Common Sense Certified Educator: EdTech Mentor!

Not quite ready to apply but want some more information or support? Contact us here.

Why get certified?

Our Certified EdTech Mentors say the best things about being certified, including:

  • Being connected to an amazing group of expert educators from across the world.
  • Helping other teachers by sharing their experiences with using tech tools in the classroom.
  • Earning incentives for their efforts and contributions on Graphite.
  • Publicly receiving the credit they deserve for their efforts.

Incentives, you say? Specifically, Common Sense Certified EdTech Mentors receive:

  • A $20 gift card to the iTunes App Store or Google Play to test out new digital tools.
  • Amazon gift cards in varying amounts, ranging from $10 to $50, for each piece of new content contributed (e.g., Teacher Review, Lesson Plan, blog post) or activity participated in (e.g., Twitter chat), up to $300.

Who is eligible?

To apply, educators must have registered on, completed a full profile, and already created and published on a minimum of:

  • Three high-quality* Teacher Reviews
  • One high-quality* Lesson Plan

Plus, to be eligible, educators must:

  • Have a minimum of three years' experience in an educational setting working directly with students.
  • Have excellent writing skills.
  • Currently work in a pre-K or K–12 setting.
  • Have significant experience teaching with technology.

Experience writing reviews or blogging about kids' educational products/tech in the classroom is a plus. Applications will be reviewed by Common Sense Education staff.

*Review our FAQs to learn what we mean by "high-quality."

What do I have to do?

Once approved, over the course of 2016, Common Sense Certified Educators: EdTech Mentors will write at least one Lesson Plan (in addition to the Lesson Plan submitted as part of the application). Certified EdTech Mentors also will engage in four of the below activities in any combination:

  • Writing a Teacher Review
  • Creating a Lesson Plan
  • Writing a blog post
  • Participating in or leading a Graphite Twitter chat

Educators can select the activity or activities that are most relevant and interesting to them. For each piece of new content written or activity engaged in, Certified EdTech Mentors receive an Amazon gift card ranging from $10 to $50 (depending on the activity). Educators may select the same activity multiple times to meet the commitment. For instance, in addition to the required Lesson Plan, an educator can write four Teacher Reviews.

How do I apply?

To apply, you must:

Admission is rolling, so apply at any time.

"Leading and learning as a Common Sense Certified Educator: EdTech Mentor has provided me the opportunity to connect with other like-minded educators, strengthen my growth mindset, discover new ways to integrate technology in the classroom, and guide student learning seamlessly from one platform to the next, emphasizing flexibility, creativity, and practical application."

Tamara Letter, Common Sense Certified Educator: EdTech Mentor and Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Hanover County Public Schools, Ashland, VA