West Chester Entrepreneur Developing Digital Tools to Engage Both Teachers, Students

Kimberly McGuane
Image of John Gamba via the Gamba Family Foundation.

John Gamba, a West Chester technology guru and the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education’s first entrepreneur-in-residence and director of innovative programs, is looking to redefine the role of technology in the classroom, writes Melissa Jacobs for Main Line Today.

He is part of the GSE team that works closely with Delaware Valley school officials on reform and educational technology initiatives. He is also a mentor for the Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition.

In the same way he revolutionized technology early in his career by creating products people did not even know they needed, Gamba now wants to transform schools by creating tools that engage students and teachers.

While some parents worry about the seemingly ubiquitous role of technology in their children’s lives, Gamba has a different approach. He believes that the learning model for the 21st century should use technology to foster critical thinking skills, creativity, collaboration, and character.

Regina Speaker Palubinsky, superintendent of the Great Valley School District, agrees.

“We want students to use technology to be creative thinkers, demonstrate mastery of their skills, and adapt to a variety of situations in which they may find themselves,” she said.

Read more about John Gamba in Main Line Today here.

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