About Gary Stager
For 28 years, Gary Stager, an internationally recognised educator, speaker and consultant, has helped learners of all ages on six continents embrace the power of computers as intellectual laboratories and vehicles for self-expression.
ACEC 2010 marks Dr. Stager’s 20th anniversary of working in Australia. He considers Melbourne his second home and first keynoted ACEC in 1992. Gary led professional development at the world’s first laptop schools in Melbourne and Queensland in 1990 and since that time has worked with countless schools across Australia. He has worked closely with the Victoria and ACT Departments of Education and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Melbourne.
In addition to his two decades of 1:1 leadership, Gary has designed online graduate school programs since the mid-90s, was a collaborator in the MIT Media Lab’s Future of Learning Group and a member of the One Laptop Per Child Foundation’s Learning Team. A long-time colleague of Dr. Seymour Papert, Stager’s doctoral research involved the creation a high-tech alternative learning environment for incarcerated at-risk teens. He is a Visiting Professor at Pepperdine University where has taught across six graduate programs and Executive Director of The Constructivist Consortium and Founder of Constructing Modern Knowledge.
In 1999, Converge Magazine named Gary a “shaper of our future and inventor of our destiny.” The National School Boards Association recognised Dr. Stager with the distinction of “20 Leaders to Watch” in 2007. He is featured in the recent documentary, imagine it!² The Power of Imagination.
Gary was the new media producer for The Brian Lynch/Eddie Palmieri Project – Simpatíco, 2007 Grammy Award Winner for Best Latin Jazz Album of the Year. Dr. Stager is also a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. He leads his own annual professional learning institute, Constructing Modern Knowledge, in the United States.
He barracks for the mighty Richmond Tigers and the equally mighty New York Jets.
Resources for before the webinar
Ten Things to Do with a Laptop keynote address presented at uLearn 2009 in Wellington, NZ – October 2009.
Three articles on effective project-based learning (2009-2010) PDF file
Seymour Papert’s Computer As Material: Messing About with Time (1988)
Selling the Dream for 1:1 Computing
Advice and talking points for school leaders interested in building support for 1:1 computing.
Laptop School Self-Assessment (2000)
This was written on the 10th anniversary of 1:1 computing in Australian schools. How does your school measure up?
The Best Way to Make Enemies (2008) – Lessons learned from One Laptop Per Child
Post Webinar Resources (more to be posted soon)
Gary Stager’s Blog, Stager-to-Go
Gary Stager’s Articles and Papers
Veteran educator Gary Stager, Ph.D. is the author of Twenty Things to Do with a Computer – Forward 50, co-author of Invent To Learn — Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, publisher at Constructing Modern Knowledge Press, and the founder of the Constructing Modern Knowledge summer institute. He led professional development in the world’s first 1:1 laptop schools thirty years ago and designed one of the oldest online graduate school programs. Gary is also the curator of The Seymour Papert archives at DailyPapert.com. Learn more about Gary here.