2003 NMC Fellows Award: Ted Kahn, Ph.D.

Dr. Ted M. Kahn is the CEO and co-founder (with his wife, Frona) of DesignWorlds for Learning, Inc.   and DesignWorlds for College & Careers. Ted has been a pioneer in co-developing digital media technologies and innovative collaborative learning projects using computers, digital media and telecommunications for nearly 40 years. His work has included the design of several award-winning educational multimedia products and projects, the support and connection of global educational innovators, and the development and promotion of online social networks to support creative lifelong learning communities bridging K-12 schools, higher education, homes, workplaces and museums.

Ted has been a Fellow at the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, The George Lucas Educational Foundation, and the Center for Science, Technology & Society at Santa Clara University, and he is also a Media X Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Stanford. He has been affiliated with several high tech companies, advanced research centers, and non-profits, including: Lawrence Hall of Science (Berkeley), the Centre for Educational Technology (Israel), Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), Atari (where he funded the Atari Institute for Educational Action Research), the Children’s Discovery Museum, Picodyne, Digital F/X,  the Institute for Research on Learning (IRL) and Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College . Ted has also been a grantee or consultant with Apple, Microsoft, the National Academy of Science, NSF, U.S. Dept. of Education, UNESCO/UNDP, the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), and the Hewlett Foundation.

Ted is the co-author of three books on recreational learning. Since 2002, he has been the founding director of the Bay Area Science (Museum) Education Collaboratory  and he was also on the team of the NMC Pachyderm  Project.  He received his A.B. in computer science (with honors) and his M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley .

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