It's no wonder that Steve Hargadon pursued a career in education technology -- he's been around educators his whole life. As the son of a college dean, and someone who has periodically home-schooled his own children, Hargadon is a perfect fit for the industry.
In 2007, Hargadon married his love of education with his love of social networking when he created Classroom 2.0 -- a social network for educators that gave teachers a place to share ideas at a time when the Web lacked a meeting place for those in education. In addition, Hargadon is an expert in Open Source software that is used for education and he hosts a weekly podcast on education technology, where he interviews leaders in the field.
Was there an experience or a teacher that you had in school that led you to pursue a career in education technology?
No, but upon reflection my interest in Open Source Software in education had more to do with wanting to bring that ethos into education than an actual interest in the programs. The collaborative, authentic, peer-oriented learning in the Open Source community is a great model for how learning can take place. My FutureofEducation.com interview series, with over 300 interviews so far, started by my interviewing some of the significant figures in the Open Source world and talking about the connection with education -- which was interesting because most of them did their most significant learning outside of traditional schooling.
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