Bobbi Kurshan, University of Penn, Graduate School of Education, to Serve on Magnus Gyan Board of Directors
Magnus Gyan, a technology led education company has announced that Bobbi Kurshan, currently Executive Director of Academic Innovation for the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, joins the Board of Directors. Magnus Gyan is building a world class Board consisting of the most influential professionals in education, technology, government and international business development.
New York, NY (PRWEB) August 08, 2013
Magnus Gyan LLC a US-based technology company helping spread knowledge to growth economies the digital and affordable way, announced today that Bobbi Kurshan will join its Board of Directors. Kurshan, currently Executive Director of Academic Innovation for the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE), is also the former Executive Director of Curriki & Co-CEO of Core Learning. In this role, Ms. Kurshan will work with other Board members from the fields of education, business, government and philanthropy to guide the Company in developing its strategic road map.
Magnus Gyan’s President and Co-Founder Shawn Landgraf said, “We are honored to have such a distinguished expert join our Board of Directors, and believe that her proven track record in technology-led education will enable Magnus Gyan to offer the best in class interactive and adaptive learning content.”
Dr. Kurshan has had a successful career as both an academic and award-winning entrepreneur. Kurshan has honed her vision of “what can be” using technology while supporting the growth of new education companies and developing innovative software products. She developed the first children’s software products for Microsoft and also created award-winning products for McGraw-Hill, Apple, CCC (Pearson) and others. As the past Executive Director of Curriki, she helped to build one of the most innovative and robust global open source education communities. She has previously served as the Co-CEO of Core Learning, an education investment fund, and the Chief Academic Officer of bigchalk. Currently, Kurshan provides leadership for a series of entrepreneurially focused programs at the Ivy League’s Penn GSE, including the renowned Milken-Penn GSE Educational Business Plan Competition and a collaboration on the launch of the new Education Design Studio, Inc. Awards include the prestigious WISE Award for Innovation at the World Innovation Summit for Education in Doha Qatar and “20 to Watch” award from NASBE in 2009. In 2008, Kurshan was named Laureate, Tech Awards from Technology Benefiting Humanity. In 2007, she was awarded the UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize. In 2005, she received the ISTE “Making It Happen” award and the Women’s Venture Fund’s “Highest Leaf Award.”
Kurshan earned her B.S. in Mathematics at Newcomb College of Tulane University, her M.S. in Computer Science and her Ed.D in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Educational Technology at Virginia Tech University.
About Magnus Gyan
Magnus Gyan’s vision is to bridge the 'Digital Divide' by providing high-quality inter-active & adaptive education through broadband mobile technology to students and young professionals, especially to the burgeoning middle class of developing economies.
Most emerging economies are investing huge amounts in building internet technology infrastructure such as optical fiber cable lines, 3G and 4G LTE data transmission also known as the ‘last mile connect’. Until Magnus Gyan’s release of their low cost high quality affordable tablet, the one missing piece is the 'last person' link. This link is an affordable low cost mobile access device, with which any individual can connect to the internet and hence to information and knowledge.
“Whilst Negroponte's vision at MIT Media Labs in 2005 of 'One Lap Top Per Child' (based on a US$ 100 PC) was bold and ambitious, it never really scaled-up because the PC never achieved a US$ 100 price point. Fast forward to 2012, and India's leading technology institute, The Indian Institute of Technology, Rajasthan [IITR] has developed a Low Cost Access Device that costs around US $ 75 – a true 'game changer' ” says Kartik Kilachand, CEO & Co-Founder.
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