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About the Speakers
Ann My Thai leads the Cooney Center's strategic partnership efforts with high tech and digital game industries. She is also the lead author of Game Changer: Investing in Digital Play to Advance Children's Learning and Health. Before joining the Center, she consulted for Education for Development, Vietnam, which supports educational opportunities for disadvantaged children. Yale University named her a Charles Kao Fellow and a Gordon Grand Senior Fellow for her study of the influence of private sector development in the region on local nonprofits. Ann is the co-curator of the 2011 TEDxSFED conference, and has mentored educational technology startups for the Cooney Center Prizes for Innovation in Children’s Media and StartUp Weekend Education. A graduate of the Learning, Design, and Technology program at Stanford's Graduate School of Education, Andy has worked for companies like Hasbro and Sony PlayStation to design playful learning experiences for kids.
Andy Russell is an educational media producer and a co-founder of Launchpad Toys, a small San Francisco startup building digital toys and tools that empower kids to create, learn, and share their ideas through play. A graduate of the Learning, Design, and Technology program at Stanford's Graduate School of Education, Andy has worked for companies like Hasbro and Sony PlayStation to design playful learning experiences for kids.
Jacob Klein is a media producer, educator, and software developer, and recently completed the Learning, Design, and Technology Master’s program at the Stanford School of Education as well as the Summer Institute for Entrepreneurship at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Jacob won a Loeb (business journalism’s highest award) for a seven-part Lehrer NewsHour series he co-produced and edited; as an educator, Jacob tutored students in math and writing, and taught at a KIPP charter school. Jacob graduated from Stanford with a B.S. in Symbolic Systems. He’s excited to help build Motion Math into a company that can provide many playful, rigorous learning experiences.
Ben Grossman-Kahn is an educator, learning designer and Design Thinking consultant, and an alum of Stanford's d.School and Learning, Design, Technology program. Besides working with the Stanford d.school, Ben has spent 5 years as a teacher in the Bay Area, teaching general studies, analog game development and innovation to pre-K- middle school students. He was a Director and managing Partner of Jefunira Camp for the past 6 years, as well as the founder of Happy Camper Parties, a business that develops unique birthday party experiences and treasure hunts for families. Currently, Ben works as the Education manager at Zeum, SF's Childrens museum focusing on creativity through technology and art. As a teacher, Ben is fascinated by the pedagogy of design and creativity, and firmly believes in empowering everyone to unleash their creative and playful potential.
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