About Me

Professional Information:  I am the founder and director of the Learning Revolution Project and Web 2.0 Labs, the host of the Future of Education interview series, and founder and chair or co-chair of several worldwide virtual events, including the annual Global Education Conference, the Library 2.0 Conference, and the School Leadership Summit.

I pioneered the use of social networking in education by creating the Classroom 2.0 social network in 2007, and supported and encouraged the development of thousands of other education networks, particularly for professional development. For the last eight years, I've run a large annual ed-tech unconference, now called Hack Education (previously EduBloggerCon). I blog, speak, and consult on educational technology, and my virtual and physical events build community and connections in education, with 130,000 members and over 100,000 participant log-ins annually.

I am co-host of the annual Edublog Awards, and I have been the Emerging Technologies Chair for ISTE, the author of "Educational Networking: The Important Role Web 2.0 Will Play in Education," and  was the recipient of the 2010 Technology in Learning Leadership Award (CUE).  I have consulted for PBS, Intel, Ning, Blackboard, Microsoft, KnowledgeWorks Foundation, CoSN, MERLOT, the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Department of Education, Mightybell, Instructure, and others on educational technology and specifically on social networking. You can find a full list of my projects at the Web 2.0 Labs.

Personal Information:  I was a foreign-exchange student through AFS to Brazil for a year in high school, and organized and led group tours for several years as my first job after college for Stanford's Alumni Association. I have the skin condition Vitiligo and created the world's largest social network for those with Vitiligo at VitiligoFriends.org as well as the UniquelyBeautiful.net site. I also run a network for members of the extended Hargadon family--Hargadon is an Irish name, and all Hargadons come from Sligo. My wife and I have four children and our individual activities can be seen at http://www.hargadon.com. We are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons).


  • I am currently consulting and doing project work for Promethean and Education Labs.
  • Links to books on my blog or websites frequently are associated with an Amazon affiliate account and I receive modest fees from Amazon for book sales.
  • Whenever possible I ask for and usually receive from publishers copies of books for consideration for my FutureofEducation.com interview series.
  • I am comfortable being treated for a meal in return for advice or brainstorming, and this happens with some regularity.
  • I'm very occasionally offered demonstration equipment or services, but have accepted the following.
    • Upgraded service levels from Wikispaces for non-commercial educational projects
    • Use of the Blackboard Collaborate platform as part of their Community Partner plan
    • June 2011 a Lenovo M90z ThinkCentre computer
    • June 2013 a Microsoft Surface RT tablet