James S.

Location:

Oakland, CA

Member since:

April 18, 2012

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James Sanders is a Presidential Innovation Fellow working at the White House on Education Open Data Initiatives. Previously, James oversaw innovation at KIPP Bay Area Schools and managed the region’s blended learning and technology integration initiatives. In early 2013, James spearheaded the Google Play for Education pilot at KIPP Bridge Charter School, a partnership with Android. Before joining the KIPP Bay Area regional staff, James was a Teach for America Corps Member and a KIPP teacher in both Los Angeles and San Francisco and pioneered a paperless classroom run 100% online. In addition to his work at KIPP, James co-founded ClassBadges, a website that helps teachers shift to accomplishment-based grading. While teaching, James served as a project manager for YouTube EDU and his work for Google included YouTube Teachers, YouTube for Schools, and management of K-12 content curation.

What is your role or interest in education technology?

I believe that technology has the power to reinvent education and close the achievement gap once and for all. However, it is critical that these tools are leveraged strategically and effectively. Technology in the classroom should be a means to empower teachers to create classroom environments that foster creativity, critical thinking and collaboration and not an end in themselves.

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My name is James Sanders and I'm passionate about the power of technology in the classroom.


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