About Me

Professional Information:  I am the founder and director of the Learning Revolution Project, the host of the Future of Education interview series, and founded and chair or co-chair of a number of annual worldwide virtual events, including the Global Education Conference and Library 2.0.

I pioneered the use of live, virtual (and peer-to-peer) education conferences, popularized the idea of education "unconferences," built one of the first modern social networks for teachers in 2007 (Classroom 2.0), and developed the "conditions of learning" exercise for local change. I supported and encouraged the development of thousands of other education networks, particularly for professional development. For the last ten 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 550,000 members.

My newest project is an online summit on Tiny Houses. I host a local tiny house group with over 1,300 members, and my son and his wife and I (mostly them) have been building a skoolie.

I have been the Emerging Technologies Chair for ISTE, a regular co-host of the annual Edublog Awards, the author of "Educational Networking: The Important Role Web 2.0 Will Play in Education," and the recipient of the 2010 Technology in Learning Leadership Award (CUE).  I have done contract work, consulted, or served on advisory boards for Acer, Adobe, Blackboard, CoSN, Horizon Project / New Media Consortium (NMC), Instructure, Intel, KnowledgeWorks Foundation, MERLOT, Microsoft, Mightybell, Ning, PBS, Promethean, Speak Up / Project Tomorrow, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. State Department, and others typically focusing on educational technology and social networking. A number of corporations and organizations support my events, and you can see a list and more details of my projects at 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 spent 2013 traveling around the world talking to people about education. I have the skin disorder 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. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon), and a student of different cultures, religions, and beliefs. I co-founded Asheville Interfaith and an annual exhibit of Nativity sets from around the world.


  • The 2016 Acer Switch Alpha 12 giveaway promotion was part of a paid contract with Acer and their agent Rational Interaction. I also received an Acer Switch Alpha 12 laptop to evaluate.
  • My 2016 Educause interviews, blog posts, and social media posts were part of a contract with Adobe Education.
  • I have a marketing agreement to promote Neverware's CloudReady software solution.
  • 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