About Edtective:

Edtective.com is an education blog by me, Cary Kelly. I write on issues related to edtech (education technology), particularly edtech’s potential to improve learning outcomes across disparate cultures, communities and countries.

This blog is my personal exercise in developing informed opinions. I am playing with new perspectives and trying to refine old ideas.

I want to write posts of substance and significance, but I want to write with humor and playfulness. I am not good at this yet, but I am determined to improve. It is too easy to take life too seriously.

Who am I?

Good question. Though those three words merit a longer existential conversation, you can learn more non-education-related details about me from my personal site. As far as my professional education expertise…I don’t have much—yet.

I attended public schools for grades K-12 and a public university (Arizona State University) for my undergraduate degrees (Economics and Global Politics). While I have never taught in a classroom setting, I have mentored and tutored students since my middle school days.

For the second half of my undergraduate, I conducted education research under the direction of Dr. David Garcia and Dr. Eugene Garcia. That research culminated in my honors undergraduate thesis, “After English: A Study of Support for Reclassified English Language Learners in Arizona.”

I spent summer of 2014 as a blogger and freelance journalist in Mexico City. There I started this blog, writing articles on education technology in Latin America. I eventually made a documentary about my findings, though I have since archived that film.

Now I work at a wonderful education company called Education Elements. We help school districts transition to personalized learning. (Personalized learning is an instructional paradigm that leverages technology and new teaching practices to allow students to learn what they need, at their own pace.) We also have a personalized learning platform that we sell. I work as Education Elements’ District Development Associate, which means I am charged with starting conversations about personalized learning with school districts.

I also currently tutor English Language Learners with the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula. Those kids are the best.


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