Teacher Advisor With Watson

Help spread the word about this powerful tool for K-8 teachers

Activity Kit

Audience:

  • US elementary and middle school teachers (Student grades K-8, ages 5-14)

What’s the goal of this kit?

  • Spread the word about this powerful teaching tool

Why is this topic important?

  • Ensuring that elementary and middle school students get the best education that they can is important for building a strong foundation for higher education and career progression later on
  • According to studies from Harvard, RAND, and more, the quality of a teacher is the single biggest in-school factor in student achievement
  • According to Johns Hopkins and The Brookings Institute, a close second to teacher quality in determining student achievement is the quality of the instructional resources being used
  • Teacher Advisor helps ensure:
    1. Teachers save time finding quality resources by coming to a curated site for all of their planning needs, and
    2. Teachers have the context they need to implement those resources effectively for all students
  • Children who are taught well early on can also be inspired to keep learning and being curious. The Teacher Advisor tool helps teachers plan lessons to the best of their abilities, so that students can get the most out of these lessons as well.

What do I need to know about this activity?

There are three different activity options, each with varying levels of time commitment. No technical expertise with Watson is required, although it may be worth it to try Teacher Advisor yourself to understand what it does and how it works. This activity is ideal for volunteers who…

  • Enjoy getting involved in education
  • Are involved with a school or extracurricular program, especially in a math-related context
  • Enjoy engaging in their local community and on social media
  • Time required: 15 minutes to promote Teacher Advisor through social media (feel free to customize it), 30-60 minutes to send emails to local schools or teachers, 2-4 hours to prepare and deliver a 30 minute presentation
  • IBMers can apply volunteering hours to their THINK40 total

Activity resources