Montclair State’s Gregg Festa Named One of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech

June 13, 2011—Gregg Festa, director of the ADP Center for Teacher Preparation and Learning Technologies at Montclair State University, was among those named to Tech & Learning magazine’s list of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech for 2011.  Selected by Tech & Learning readers and advisors, this special recognition showcases the power of technology to transform learning.

Those named to this influential list include individuals associated with the U.S. Department of Education, corporate leaders Google and Apple, educational entrepreneurs, and academics.   

Festa was recognized for his accomplishments in renewing educators and student teachers through the innovative use of technology.  The ADP Center for Teacher Preparation and Learning Technologies, the program he founded and directs at Montclair State, is a hub of innovation in pedagogy, curriculum instructional planning, educational technology, and professional development for students, faculty, practicing teachers, and other education professionals.

He was also recognized for his work in designing “classrooms for the future” that are adaptable enough to accommodate new and evolving pedagogies, in coordinating the Verizon-funded Digital Backpacks program for K–12 educators, and in founding the Silk City Media Workshop, an inner-city afterschool program built on digital media that earned him the title “2007 Technologist of the Year” from the New Jersey Association for Educational Technology.

“I am humbled to be included on a list with people who are both nationally and internationally recognized as true visionaries and leaders of educational change through the meaningful use of technology as a tool for teaching and learning,” said Festa.  “I look up to them as the thought and policy leaders in my field and to be included among them in this list is overwhelming.”

In addition to Festa, those recognized include Doug Levin, executive director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association; Karen Cator, director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education; Ann Thompson, editor of the Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education; John Kato, chairman of both the Institute of Large Scale Innovation and the Global Advisory Council on Innovation of the World Economic Forum; David Warlick, writer and founder of the Landmark Project; Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Academy, an at-home academic video resource; Jonathan Ive and the Apple Design Team; the “Google for Educators” development team; and Punya Mishra, co-chair of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education conference and professor of educational technology at Michigan State University.

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