Breona Gutschmidt has spent the last several years working in the technology and education field. She has an MEd in Educational Communication and Technology from UW’s College of Education, and is currently Learning & Instructional Designer for the Office of Research Information Services at the UW. She has a B.A. in creative writing and has worked as a writer and editor at companies including Microsoft, the Seattle Art Museum and the University of Washington. Among other projects, she has written and edited multimedia curriculum for an educational software company called Apex Learning, and she has volunteered her time for two education and technology projects in Takaungu, Kenya. For the most recent of these, she wrote a winning proposal for One Laptop Per Child’s OLPCorps program, and, partnering with the East African Center for Women and Children (EAC), led a team of graduate students to launch the XO laptops at the Vutakaka Junior School in Takaungu, Kenya, in 2009. Her master’s thesis examined the effectiveness of the program. Breona enjoys exploring questions of how new software and hardware will be implemented and developing curriculum tools for new and emerging technologies. She is particularly interested in the intersections between education, technology and creative expression.

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