MG: In reviewing your impressive background in education and extensive experience with educational technology, how do you keep it fresh and exciting? Is it the students who excite you?
ES: For me, when I see a student in the classroom, eager to learn, and they’re using video conferencing as a medium – because books alone are not engaging – that gets me excited. For example, I had students (including my daughters) interview a female leader of Kenya’s Mau Mau uprising. This leader was one of the notables we used that year to mark Black History Month. And what better way to learn than to speak to someone with first-hand experience? Videoconferencing for distance learning is not meant to replace anything in a classroom, but these are experiences that a book can’t provide.
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