A day in the life of Apps for Good’s Education Community Officer

Emily Thorburn, Education Community Officer, gives us a glimpse into her typical day at the Apps for Good office.  

It’s just gone 9.30am on a wintry Monday morning & I’m at my desk with a piping hot bowl of porridge and a mug of coffee, ready to tackle the Monday blues. There’s lots of meetings on the agenda today but, before that, it’s time to have a look at our new school sign ups.

Over the weekend, we’ve had lot’s of interest from schools across the UK who are excited to join our Education Partner Community. It’s important to get set up on our online dashboard as soon as possible, so I begin by sending all schools their login details and letting them know our Education Team are always here to help them. I’m already excited to work with our new schools and see how their students find the Apps for Good course. Once I’ve sent out log in details to our new schools I’m sure to update our school database. With over 700 active Education Partners, it’s crucial to make sure all school data is up to date. It’s a good thing I’ve got a love of spreadsheets and keeping things organised!

Next up, it’s time for a catch up with Natalie, our Senior Education Community Manager. We start by brainstorming the content for our latest schools newsletter. With news of the Apps for Good Awards and our new Fellows Community as well as some cool external stories, we’ve got a lot of information to pass onto our schools. We’ll also be attending a series of events in Northern Ireland and Scotland in the next few weeks, so we spend some time working on logistics to make sure everything’s taken care of.

Back in November I spoke with teachers in Glasgow during our Apps for Good Regional Roadshow

Next up, it’s back to my desk to start writing and designing our latest newsletter. Working on the newsletter is definitely one of my favourite tasks as it’s really creative and fun! After that, it’s time for a quick catch up with our different community managers to keep one each other up to date on what we’re working on. Noreen, our Communication and Events Manager is keen to update us on what new blog posts we’ve got coming up while our Expert Community Manager talks us through his recent project, creating case studies about holding Expert sessions in the classroom. Our Fellows Community Manager, Amy, also updates us about the latest improvements to the Fellows site. It’s great to be kept so in the loop with what everyone is up to.

After lunch, I respond to some email queries from teachers who are currently delivering Apps for Good. I also had a chat on the phone with a teacher who is interested in learning more about Apps for Good. We discuss the best way to make use of industry Experts in classroom as well as some of the opportunities available to Fellows. Supporting our Education Partner Community, be it via email or on the phone or in person is hugely rewarding part of my role.

A few emails and cups of tea later and it’s somehow 5.30pm and I’m preparing myself to brave the rush hour commute home. Before I head home, I make a to do list for the next day and update my calendar. I’m already looking forward to the excitement and challenges tomorrow’s day in the office will bring!