Professional Information
: Steve Hargadon is the founder and director of the Learning Revolution Project, the host of the Future of Education and Reinventing School interview series, and the founder and chair (or co-chair) of a number of annual worldwide virtual events, including the Global Education Conference and the Library 2.0 series of mini-conferences and webinars. He has run over 100 large-scale events, online and in person.

Steve's work has been around the democratization of learning and professional development. He supported and encouraged the development of thousands of other education-related networks, particularly for professional development, and he pioneered the use of live, virtual, and peer-to-peer education conferences. He popularized the idea of "unconferences" for educators, and for over a decade, he ran a large annual ed-tech unconference, now called Hack Education (previously EduBloggerCon). 

Steve himself built one of the first modern social networks for teachers in 2007 (Classroom 2.0), developed the "conditions of learning" exercise for local educational conversation and change, and inherited and grew the Library 2.0 online community. He may or may not have invented an early version of the Chromebook which he demo'd to Google. He blogs, speaks, and consults on education, educational technology, and education reform, and his virtual and physical events and online communities have over 150,000 members.

He has been the Emerging Technologies Chair for ISTE, a regular co-host of the annual Edublog Awards, and the author of "Educational Networking: The Important Role Web 2.0 Will Play in Education" and "Modern Learning: Re-Discovering the Transformative Promise of Educational Technology." He was the recipient of the 2010 Technology in Learning Leadership Award (CUE).  He has done contract work, consulted with, or served on advisory boards for Acer, Adobe, Blackboard, CoSN, Horizon Project / New Media Consortium (NMC), Instructure, Intel, KnowledgeWorks Foundation, MERLOT, Microsoft, Mightybell, NAMLE, 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.

Personal Information:  Steve was a foreign-exchange student through American Field Service (AFS) to Brazil for a year in high school, and he later organized and led group tours for several years as his first job after college for Stanford's Alumni Association. He spent the year 2013 traveling around the world talking to people about education. He has the skin disorder Vitiligo and created the world's largest social network for those with Vitiligo at VitiligoFriends.org. He also runs a network for members of the extended Hargadon family--Hargadon is an Irish name, and all Hargadons come from Sligo. 

  • 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