Cisco’s GETIdeas.org and EdSurge, in partnership with the 2012 Global Education Conference, are pleased to announce a specialized strand of this year's event exclusively focused on innovative and collaborative technologies. While supporting the mission of the conference, Innovation Perspectives will feature selected companies and their tools that hold the potential to transform learning experiences for students. Additionally, international collaborations between companies and educational institutions may also be highlighted.
Each chosen company will conduct a virtual presentation within the 2012 Global Education Conference. In addition, they will be featured on GETIdeas.org. These opportunities will increase the visibility of participating companies by giving them exposure to a variety of educators and other interested parties from around the world.
Through this conference strand, education leaders will have opportunities to ponder the potential for technology to serve as a conduit between classrooms and to determine the best routes for leveraging technology for preparing students for 21st century learning.
To see all accepted innovation proposals, please click here.
Dr. Barbara "Bobbi" Kurshan will serve as the inaugural Innovation Perspectives keynote on Monday, November 12. Dr. Kurshan provides executive level leadership of a series of entrepreneurially focused programs and efforts (such as the Miliken-Penn GSE Educational Business Plan Competition) and helps develop new degree and non-degree programs at the Penn Graduate School of Education. Dr. Kurshan has been involved with education and technology for over 35 years.
Dr. Kurshan has had a career as both an academic and award-winning entrepreneur. Kurshan has honed her vision of “what can be” using technology while supporting the growth of new education companies and developing innovative software products. She began her teaching career at Virginia Tech, where she obtained her doctorate, and was the Director of Academic Computing and Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Hollins College for many years. As a professor, she researched the impact of technology on learning and helped her students explore the applications of technology across the curricula.
Kurshan then became an education entrepreneur. As President of Educorp Consultants Corporation, she provided strategic consulting and seed funding in the areas of education, technology and innovation; and as the Executive Vice President of WorldSage, a consortium of for-profit higher education institutions in the EU to address education for the 21st century, she identified innovative investments in learning institutions. As the past Executive Director of Curriki she helped to build one of the most innovative and robust global open source education communities. She has previously served as the Co-CEO of Core Learning an education investment fund and the Chief Academic Officer of bigchalk. She currently serves on the Board of several education companies. She developed the first children’s software products for Microsoft and also created award-winning products for McGraw-Hill, Apple, CCC (Pearson) and others.
Recent awards include the prestigious WISE Award for Innovation at the World Innovation Summit for Education in Doha Qatar and “20 to Watch” award from NASBE in 2009. In 2008, Kurshan was named Laureate, Tech Awards from Technology Benefiting Humanity. In 2007, she was awarded the UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize. In 2005, she was received the ISTE “Making It Happen” award and the Women’s Venture Fund’s “Highest Leaf Award.”