How Educators Shape the Edtech Tools of Today and Tomorrow


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How are the edtech tools that educators use every day developed? How are educators involved in edtech development? Join a panel of teachers, technologists and educators-turned-edtech founders to learn how tech tools are brought to market. 

Educators from preschool to college are uncovering new needs to improve how technology can support learning, reading, teacher productivity, parental communication and more. With many edtechs being mission-driven organizations devoted to making teaching and learning easier, it is a critical time for educators to get involved in the development process and make their needs heard. 

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • Why teacher voices are essential in shaping current and future edtech tools   
  • How user testing actually gets implemented in product design 
  • How educators can get involved in providing much-needed feedback on tech tools

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Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Time: 11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm ET

Duration: 1 hour

Meet Our Panelists

Chris Craft

Program Manager, AWS EdStart

Dr. Chris Craft is the U.S. Program Manager for AWS EdStart, the AWS edtech startup accelerator. A veteran educator, Dr. Craft has spent his career working with teachers, students and companies to improve teaching and learning with technology. He was named to the National School Board Association’s “20 to Watch” and one of the South Carolina's “20 under 40.” He has a B.A. in Spanish, an M.Ed in Educational Technology, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research from the University of South Carolina, and is Nationally Board Certified.

Trenton Goble

VP of K12 Learning, Instructure

Trenton is a co-founder of MasteryConnect and now serves as VP of K-12 Learning at Instructure. During Trenton’s 19-year career as an educator, he taught various grade levels, served as an Assistant Principal, and spent 11 years working as an Elementary School Principal. Trenton holds an M.Ed in Instructional Technology from Utah State University. 

Nidhi Patel

Global Commercial Head of Education, Logitech 

Nidhi considers herself a forever educator. Having taught in middle school and high school, her passion is enabling students and adults to own their personal learning paths, providing both autonomy and positive reinforcement. She was involved in building a free digital rewards program for students called Kred Rewards. Before joining Logitech, she worked at HP, Samsung, and Apple. 

Host: Liana Gamber-Thompson

Digital Project and Operations Manager, EdSurge

Liana is part of the EdSurge Solutions Studio team. Previously, she was a researcher on youth and politics at USC, Community Manager at Connected Camps, and Program Associate at the National Writing Project. She is also a published author and holds a Ph.D. in Sociology. 

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