Monday, December 17, 2012

Tuesday Interview - Adam Frey on Ed Tech Success

Join me Tuesday, December 18th, for a live conversation with good friend Adam Frey, co-founder of Wikispaces, and co-author (with his Wikispaces co-founder James Byers) of the recent primer "How to Succeed in Ed-Tech."

In "How to Succeed in Ed-Tech," Adam and James look at the current boom in ed tech ventures, and try to distinguish hype from reality while acknowledging their own serendipitous route to the lessons they have learned. It's a must-read. I've long pointed to Adam and Wikispaces as great examples of how an ed tech / Web 2.0 business builds both authentic value for education as well as a profit. Early on as I helped create the "fringe" events around the ISTE conference now known collectively as ISTEunplugged, Adam approached me to ask what would be appropriate behavior for him at the these peer-organized events--events like like EduBloggerCon and the Bloggers' Cafe--which are intended to be "non-vendor" space for conversation.

Adam felt that he would better be able to listen to educators not from behind a booth on the exhibit hall, but in one-on-one conversations, and he wasn't sure of the etiquette. We determined that the kind of thoughtful participation he wanted would actually be the kind of vendor participation that we should encourage, and his quiet and thoughtful engagement is often in real contrast to vendors who attempt to invade our spaces with self-aggrandizing activities.

For a broader perspective, we'll also be joined by my brother, Andrew Hargadon, who is Professor of Technology Management at the Graduate School of Management at University of California, Davis, a Senior Fellow at the Kauffman Foundation and Faculty Director of the Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Date: Tuesday, December 18th, 2012
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Log in at The Blackboard Collaborate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Blackboard Collaborate, please visit the support and configuration page.
Recording:  A full Blackboard Collaborate recording is at and an audio mp3 recording is at As well other interview recordings are all available at
Mightybell:  A Mightybell space with interview resources and conversation is at

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