Speaker: Ted Kahn
April 11-14, 2007
San Francisco, California

Speakers: Biography

Ted Kahn

President, CEO and Chief Learning Officer
DesignWorlds for Learning, Inc.
20370 Town Center Lane
Suite #235
Cupertino CA
95014 USA

Dr. Ted M. Kahn is the co-founder and CEO of DesignWorlds for Learning, Inc. He has been actively involved in R&D, marketing, and promoting innovative uses of interactive technologies for both informal and formal education for over 35 years. He is internationally known as a pioneer and innovator in the uses of digital technology and telecommunications for learning in schools, homes, workplaces, and museums, Over the past 25 years, his special areas of expertise have been in the uses of personal computers, digital media video, and the Web for supporting global collaborative learning and knowledge design communities. Ted has over 20 years of commercial business background at Atari, Picodyne Corp., Digital F/X and DesignWorlds for Learning & DesignWorlds for College, as well as advanced research experience at the Lawrence Hall of Science (U.C. Berkeley), the Center for Educational Technology (Israel), Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) and the Institute for Research on Learning (IRL), including work on several R&D grants in education and learning technologies from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education.

Some of DesignWorlds for Learning’s clients include: Apple, Inc., Art Center College of Design, the California Science Center, the Jewish Contemporary Museum of San Francisco, the former Getty Education Institute for the Arts (Getty Center), the Hewlett Foundation, the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, National Academy of Sciences, numerous Bay Area K-12 schools, PBS , SRI International, and WestEd. Recent major DesignWorlds projects have included designing the content and educational marketing messages for Apple’s first digital movies in education web (in support of the launch of iMovie in 2000), and since 2002, being the founding director of the Bay Area Science Education Collaboratory, a community web resource co-designed with over 100 Bay Area science teachers to help teachers find and use the best of the wealth of web-based learning resources from multiple science museums to improve student science learning.

Ted is the co-designer of five national award-winning commercial educational multimedia software products, co-author of three books on using computers for recreational learning, and he has given more than 50 speeches and invited presentations at national and international conferences. He has been a board member, consultant and advisor for numerous museums, government organizations, and public-private collaborations, including being a contractor to the former Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress and a co-founding board member of the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. Ted has also been a visiting Senior Fellow at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, and a GLEF Fellow of The George Lucas Educational Foundation. In 2003, he was named the first NMC Fellow of the NMC: New Media Consortium (http://www.nmc.org) the NMC’s highest individual honor, for his lifetime of work in using interactive technologies and digital media to enhance lifelong learning, teaching, and creative expression. He is currently also an adjunct on-line faculty member with the Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College (Los Altos, CA) and a Fellow of the Center for Science, Technology and Society at Santa Clara University. He holds a B.A. in computer science (with honors), and an M.A and Ph.D. in psychology, all from University of California, Berkeley.

Ted will present Science Museum Learning Collaboratories: Helping to Bridge the Gap Between Museums’ Informal Learning Resources and Science Education in K-12 Schools . [Mini-Workshop]