8 Must-follow Education Tech Innovators

From Harvard to Apple, and from CEO’s to journalists and university leaders, here are eight education tech innovators worth following.

Dr. Tony Wagner

Dr. Tony WagnerExpert In Residence at Harvard University’s new Innovation Lab and as a Senior Research Fellow at the Learning Policy Institute

Prior to his 10 years at Harvard, Dr. Wagner’s worked as a high school teacher, principal, university professor in teacher education, and founding executive director of Educators for Social Responsibility. He is a frequent conference speaker and widely published author. 

Find Wagner on Twitter @DrTonyWagner and on his own blog tonywagner.com.

Russell Stannard

Founder of teachertrainingvideos.com Russell Stannard

Stannard is known for his pioneering work in using technology to enhance feedback and his experiments with the Flipped Classroom.  He was previously a Principal Teaching Fellow at the University of Warwick and the University of Westminster. His current consultant work helps organizations to build online learning/blended learning courses and has earned him various awards, including being listed as one of the top 23 most influential Educational Technologists on Twitter in 2015.

Find Stannard on Twitter @russell1955 and on his blog russellstannard.com.

Audrey Watters

Audrey WattersEducation technology journalist at hackeducation.com

Ms. Watters has written for Edutopia, MindShift, O’Reilly Radar, ReadWriteWeb, and The Huffington Post, in addition to her own blog Hack Education. Over the last 15 years she has worked in the field of higher education as a graduate student, college instructor, and program manager for an ed-tech non-profit.

Find Ms. Watters on twitter @audreywatters, on Facebook and her blog hackeducation.com.


Avi Badwal

BadwalSenior director, enterprise technologies, Information Technology Services

Mr. Badwal and his team developed the highly acclaimed Insight mobile app, built on the iOS platform, which allows University of San Diego students to “organize coursework, extracurricular activities and personal tasks.” For this project, the University of SD was awarded the 2016 Campus Technology Innovators Award for student systems and services.

Find Mr. Badwal on Twitter @avibadwal1 and on LinkedIn.


Jacob Bates
Jacob Bates

Techrangers Team Lead at University of Central Florida

After winning a grant from Instructure, Mr. Bates’ team developed the UDOIT (pronounced “You do it”) program, which helps UCF instructors identify accessibility issues in their online courses. This improved upon the previous system, which required a manual review of each course. This work earned Mr. Bates the 2016 Campus Technology Innovators Award in the Administration category.

Find Mr. Bates on LinkedIn.

Stewart Elliot

Stewart ElliotCEO of Modo Labs

Mr. Elliot developed Modo Labs, an MIT spin-off, from its original function as a platform to help universities create apps for student, staff and teacher engagement, to its current position of serving not just education, but hospitals and large enterprises as well. Stewart holds a BA from UC.

Find Mr. Elliot on LinkedIn.


Joyce Valenza

Joyce ValenzaAssistant Professor Rutgers University SC&I

Joyce earned her doctoral degree in Information Science from UNT and speaks nationally about issues relating to libraries and thoughtful use of technology. She has won numerous awards, including being selected as one of Technology and Learning’s 100@30 and received an Edublogs award for Lifetime Achievement.

Find Ms. Valenza on Twitter @joycevalenza, on Facebook and at her blog Never Ending Search.


Scott Meech

Scott MeechK12 Development Executive at Apple Inc.

Mr. Meech was the director of technology for Downers Grove Grade School District before coming to Apple. Meech earned his masters in education in curriculum and technology in 2005 and an educational leadership certificate from Johns Hopkins University in conjunction with the International Society of Technology and Education. 

Find Mr. Meech on Twitter @smeech and on LinkedIn.  


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