If one thing remains the same in educational technology, it’s change. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of visionaries and mavericks to follow for thoughtful insights into trends and advances in the EdTech world.
Tom Vander Ark is an EdTech writer, speaker and influencer. He is CEO of learning design firm Getting Smart and previously served as the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Vander Ark has published thousands of articles and white papers, authored books such as Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World and Smart Parents: Parenting for Powerful Learning.
Below is Tom Vander Ark addressing innovations in education at TedX Manhattan Beach.
Vander Ark’s passion for personalized digital learning inspires us to stay on the forefront of benefiting students through a variety of opportunities for learning.
Audrey Watters is a self-described education writer, independent scholar, serial dropout, rabble-rouser and ed-tech’s Cassandra.
Watters’ essays can be found in countless outlets and her published works include The Monsters of Education Technology, The Revenge of the Monsters of Education Technology, The Curse of the Monsters of Education Technology, and Claim Your Domain.
Our team looks forward to getting insightful email and social media updates from Watters’ Hack Education. Her approach to analyzing and observing EdTech trends is thought-provoking and often laced with our kind of humor.
Steve has worked extensively within leading for-profit companies and within non-profit and bureaucratic organizations. He doesn’t mind stirring the pot when it’s necessary, but always as a means to move the technology and conversation forward.
In 2012, Richard Culatta was appointed by President Obama as the Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the U.S. Department of Education.
Culatta currently serves as Chief Innovation Officer for the State of Rhode Island. He has also served as an education policy advisor to U.S. Senator Patty Murray.
Below is Richard Culatta addressing personalized learning at TedX Beacon Street.
Culatta’s commitment to improving access to education and closing the achievement gap inspires us. He is driven by a personal passion for helping students succeed, and his willingness to try new things helps countless teachers and students.
Susan Van Gundy is the former Director of Technology for the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (the PARCC Assessment Consortium), was Director of Education and Strategic Partnerships for the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) and Deputy Director of the NSDL Resource Center.
Susan serves on numerous educational technology and science education advisory boards and speaks frequently at conferences and workshops.
We originally partnered with Van Gundy to share NSDL resources to California teachers through Digital Chalkboard. This collaboration lead to the beginnings of the Learning Registry, a nation-wide resource repository of open educational resources. We look forward to working with Van Gundy in the future!
Doug Levin is a trusted adviser to federal and state policymakers and education leaders. He was instrumental in developing and implementing the nation’s first education technology plan and strategy in 1996 under President Clinton, as well as its subsequent updates in 2000 and again in 2004 under President George W. Bush.
Previously, Levin held positions with the American Institutes for Research, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, and the National Association of State Boards of Education.
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