In a world of proclaimed experts on social media, who is actually worth listening to? We’ve picked 10 people doing interesting and boundary-changing work in the education technology spere, ranging from CEOs to podcasters. Upgrade your feed and follow these edtech social media leaders today.
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Adam Bellow is best known as the co-founder of educational gaming startup Breakout EDU. He also founded eduTecher, a non-profit online education resource, eduClipper, a social learning platform, and sits on the board of the EdCamp Foundation—all while raising two young boys. Follow Bellow on Twitter @adambellow.
An adjunct professor at Stanford, Andrew Ng is Chief Scientist and Vice President of Baidu—China’s leading search engine, ranked 4th in the world and 1st in China for web traffic—as well as the co-founder of Coursera, which offers online courses for a host of different degrees. Ng is on YouTube and Twitter. He posts forward-thinking articles, updates on education reform, and developments on AI and deep learning.
Cathy Moore’s work is all about innovative, efficient learning methods. Adults preparing to enter or further their position in almost any industry stand to gain a lot from her unique insights. From strategies on sparking curiosity to tips on designing interactive experiences, Moore is a top edtech social media follow for anyone seeking knowledge on becoming a better learner or a better trainer. Keep up on her blog or join her followers on Twitter.
Podcast host Don Wettrick takes a different route in changing the course of education, speaking with some of the world’s most successful people to uncover and share the skills that helped propel them to success.
Wettrick is an education and innovation consultant, the founder and CEO of StartEdUp, and the author of Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level. Follow him on Twitter or tune into his podcast.
Shelly Sanchez’s mission is to harness the power of digital know-how to design better learning experiences. “Our students spend hours with their devices and digital tools,” she writes in Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones, and BYOT. “Imagine if some of that time was spent learning your content.” Sanchez focuses her knowledge on transforming classroom culture and empowering educators. Here she is on Twitter.
Selingo is a journalist and an education strategist—not to mention a New York Times Bestselling Author and a LinkedIn Top 10 Influencer. As a Washington Post columnist, he has been covering the education beat for over 20 years. Stay up to date on his work on LinkedIn or Twitter.
After spending eight years in the Chicago Public School system and ten years at the University of Chicago, Lucy Gray consults on building new technological learning experiences for companies, schools, non-profits and more, crafting hands-on methods for educators and professionals. Follow her on Twitter @elemenous or tune into her YouTube channel.
The Gates Foundation’s Director of Postsecondary Success is a must-follow when it comes to the heavyweights of the education sphere. Follow Dan Greenstein for insights on digital learning and innovation and a fresh perspective on tackling the challenges facing the higher education world.
Jordan Shapiro knows the value of bringing technology into the classroom. A humanities professor at Temple University and Senior Fellow at the Cooney Center, Shapiro uses social media and the digital sphere to enhance the learning experience. Read his Forbes article or follow him on Twitter here.
Shantel Poulson is the co-founder and general partner of a $53 million education technology fund, Reach Capital, which made it onto CNN Money’s Upstart 30: Who, What, Why list of top innovators. Follow Poulson on Twitter here.