Category Archives: interviews

‘Learning from the People I Teach’

Up close with a veteran instructional support specialist. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero Prior to his ‘education adventure’, Larry Lambert enjoyed full-time careers as a musician, journalist, and airline administrator. “I am one of the few long time educators who … Continue reading

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Putting an Entire Library in Their Pockets

In the shift from print to digital, a family legacy modernizes a classic need.  INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero As districts around the country make the transition from print textbooks to interactive digital platforms, smart legacy publishers are moving with … Continue reading

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Engineering Fun

A husband-and-wife team build a bridge to the offline world. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero Amelia Cosgrove and Bryan Thomas, the husband-and-wife founders of PopUp Play, are typical of so many parents across America today. Recalling their own childhoods where … Continue reading

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Making Good Humans

In depth with the leaders of an extraordinarily creative learning company. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero “My brother Evan and I have always been fascinated by the opportunity to use technology to tell new kinds of stories,” says Gregg Spiridellis, … Continue reading

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Making Good Teachers Great

A Teach for America strategist designs a tech platform to improve new teacher training. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero As a first-year science teacher, Adam Geller wanted to be a great science teacher. “And yet,” recalls Adam, “not one single … Continue reading

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Building a Regional, Virtual, Blended School

A Georgia superintendent talks about achieving his district’s goal of having high school students earn college credit for free. Morris Leis, Ed.D., has been the superintendent of the 8,000-student Coffee County School District in southeastern Georgia since August 2011. In … Continue reading

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EdChat Interactive | A Hacking Starr, Look Both Ways, Meet Up

Before visions of sugar plums dance in your head, there’s one more edtech event the legendary Edchat Interactive crew of Tom Whitby, Steve Anderson and Mitch Weisburgh invite you to join them for: On December 17, Starr Sackstein will discuss … Continue reading

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The Testing Company with a Soul

Cold, hard (education) data gets a makeover. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero Martin Borg joined Measured Progress as president in November of 2008 and was appointed chief executive officer in 2011. Martin is an experienced and dedicated educator committed to helping students … Continue reading

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Strength in Community

Online learning, a passionate commitment and the Detroit Public Safety Academy.   INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero Isaiah Pettway started teaching in Detroit in 2008. To equip himself with the essential tools needed to serve a diverse youth population in … Continue reading

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Exploring North Dakota

ND Center for Distance Education’s State Director charts a quality course. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero It may be telling that explorers Lewis and Clark spent more time in what is now North Dakota than any other place on their … Continue reading

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Big Fun in Education

A successful edtech company’s CEO accounts for efficient learning and proper tools. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero Now one of the fastest growing curriculum systems in the U.S., MobyMax has over 1,000 new teachers registering each day. What exactly does … Continue reading

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Good Marks for TenMarks

Now an Amazon company, their GM says they’re still an edtech startup at heart. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero Rohit Agarwal spent his early childhood years in India, where math is a strong focus of education. “I realized the value … Continue reading

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Students, Phones and Apps They Will Really Use

The chief product officer at Cengage Learning discusses an effective new learning app. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero Jim Donohue oversees the development, ideation and creation of all Cengage Learning products. He also is responsible for establishing and maintaining an open … Continue reading

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A New Class of Security

A measured look at real risks to school networks, with a level-headed approach.  INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero Technology keeps moving forward, with or without the general population being educated on specific advances. In a brave new world of cyber … Continue reading

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Twisting Fate

An influential music and entertainment exec with a bright view brings lessons to education. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero Named one of Fast Company’s Most Influential Women in Technology (2010), Julie was most recently one of the founding members of … Continue reading

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Helping Students Soar

The founder and CEO of MUV Interactive shares his high-flying ideas. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero Tech-obsessed, sandal-loving, surfer enthusiast Rami Parham is a software engineer and the founder of MUV Interactive. When he was a private game developer, Rami … Continue reading

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A Planet Like No Other

Conservationist and former Nat Geo exec brings students exploration close-up. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero Tim Kelly had a “wonderful” 30 years at National Geographic, where he was able to work with explorers and scientists, and (in his own words) … Continue reading

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Teacher Cash

Paying it forward with a cool teacher tool. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero Jamie Rosenberg was mentoring a student in a nearby school for mentally and physically delayed pre-kindergarten students. “I saw how little the classroom had and how much … Continue reading

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Serious About Games

How can educators get the most out of game-based learning? INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero Involved seriously in gaming as education since 2004, Lee Wilson, an executive at companies serving K-12 schools and most recently of Filament Games, has degrees … Continue reading

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The Case for Tech in the Classroom

Kivuto’s Kelly Smyth talks barriers, benefits, and timeframes for change.  INTERVIEW | by James O’Brien  The time for classrooms to bring powerful learning technology to students is now, if you ask Kelly Smyth, vice president of business development at Kivuto … Continue reading

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EdTech Awards – Get Your Entries In!

The 2016 EdTech Digest Awards Recognition Program entry period is currently open and the deadline has been extended to October 15, 2015. The EdTech Awards program recognizes people in and around education for outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners … Continue reading

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An Experience to Love

Inspired by frustration, a recent college grad creates a next-generation LMS. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero His first real introduction to learning management systems came when he was in college. “I was using one of the most widely-used LMSes in … Continue reading

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A Take-Home Mission

In depth with Pearson’s managing director for North America. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero His first year at the world’s largest learning company has been the most exciting of his career. One of the first things Alfred Binford realized when … Continue reading

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Watch and Learn

This co-founder believes everyone has a right to an affordable, quality education. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero Adrian Ridner is the CEO of Study.com, an online education company he co-founded with company president Ben Wilson.  In 2002, Ben and Adrian … Continue reading

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EdTech’s Best and Brightest

The EdTech Awards shine a spotlight on the best and brightest tools, leaders and trendsetters pushing forward today’s education revolution. Our finalists and winners are part of a greater story of 21st-century education transformation. In keeping with the mission of EdTech Digest, … Continue reading

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