Trailblazers in Edtech: Dr. Julie Carter
The Tech Edvocate is pleased to produce its “Trailblazers of Edtech” series. This series profiles the top edtech influencers in the world. To create this series, The Tech Edvocate editorial team exhaustively researched the movers and shakers of edtech. To frame our methodology, we decided to define the term “edtech influencer” broadly. In this series, you will find administrators, bloggers, journalists, policymakers, researchers, innovators, businessmen, activists, etc. who are transforming the edtech space as we know it.
The influencers that we chose are all active in the area of edtech, doing something influential in edtech, well-known throughout the edtech landscape, and making an impact globally. We are excited to witness how these influencers continue to change the world this year, and we are anxious to see who will stand on the shoulders of these giants, and as a result, become a part of this series. In this installment of “Trailblazers in Edtech,” we will profile Dr. Julie Carter, Co-Founder & CEO of GreyED Solutions.
Co-Founder & CEO, GreyED Solutions
What Her Current Focus Is: Dr. Carter’s current focus is assisting K12 school districts and EdTech organizations transform themselves for the digital age. Through organizational alignment, strategic planning and professional development, she is fostering change and adaptation in teaching, learning and leadership. Her focus on understanding organizational culture and ecosystems leverages the power of stakeholder insights and builds capacity for impacting learners through the purposeful implementation of technology. As part of her focus she serves as a liaison to EdTech organizations influencing their product development, identifying the most important gaps and needs in the market from the educator perspective.
How She’s Transforming the EdTech Space: She’s co-created FilterED, an adaptive, digital toolset offering school leaders a comprehensive, actionable view of their current technology landscape. This is transforming the edtech space offering leaders insights into previously intangible elements of their organization, providing the evidence needed to prioritize and measure ongoing technology initiatives.
What Her Background Is: Dr. Carter’s background in education began as a classroom teacher and media specialist before becoming the Executive Director of Technology for Minnetonka Public Schools. There she oversaw one of the best 1:1 computing efforts in the country, recognized by Apple and the National School Board Association (NSBA). She was named as Tech & Learning’s Leader of the Year in 2010 for her innovative use of technology and as one of “20 to Watch” by the NSBA in 2010.
What May Surprise You About Her: She studied computer science prior to blending her passions for technology and education and pursuing a degree in education leadership.