Gary Stager – A Classroom Pioneer
Gary Stager may not be a household name yet, but for the millions of students who have already benefited from his 15 years of work to ensure that each student is equipped with a laptop in the classroom, he may well give the likes of Bill Gates a run for his money – and name recognition.
A true pioneer in efforts to make every classroom outfitted with a laptop for every student, Stager is also a coveted worldwide speaker, software designer, and present Adjunct Professor of Education at California’s Pepperdine University – to name just a few of his accomplishments.
It is perhaps his dedication to the importance of laptops (instead of desktops) in classrooms, however, that makes him a definitive pioneer in his field; no one else has worked quite as hard or as long as Gary Stager when it comes to empowering educators and fulfilling the dreams of many young people.
A few cases in point: Due to Stager’s commitment to this project, every 7th- and 8th-grader in the state of Maine now receives a personal laptop; he was personally responsible for the development of the world’s first two “notebook schools” in Australia; and his hands-on work has made laptops available to school-age children in six continents.
Founder and past-president of SIGLogo, Stager was previously Director of Professor for the Network of Microcomputer Education, a New Jersey outfit of 150 computer-using schools. He is also founder of www.WeLearnAtHome.com, offering educational support services to homeschoolers.
Educational award winning Stager also conducts workshops around the globe and is a sought-after keynote speaker and writer, personally lending his knowledge and passion to laptop classroom minded professionals (and, perhaps most importantly, to the children they teach) everywhere.
More information about Gary Stager: http://www.stager.org/bio.html
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