Mark Weston

Mark Weston has spent the past 36 years working to enhance education for all students. During that time, Mark served in key positions at Dell Inc., Apple Computer, Education Commission of the States, United States Department of Education, United States House of Representatives, National Conference of State Legislatures, and several school districts in Iowa. Mark advises leaders about education, ICT, and public policy strategies. He has consulted with 13 countries, 42 state legislatures, the United States Congress, dozens of companies, and hundreds of school districts.

Mark contributed to groundbreaking education technology initiatives in Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia. Of special note is Mark’s leadership in the partnership between Governor Angus King, the State of Maine, and Apple through which every seventh and eighth-grade student in Maine is receiving a laptop computer, an initiative subsequently replicated by jurisdictions throughout the United States.

Mark earned a B.S. from Cornell College, M.S. from Drake University, and Ph.D. from the University of Colorado Denver. At UCD, he holds an appointment as an adjoint assistant professor in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development. He has served as an adjunct professor at Long Island University.

Mark’s work has been published in a wide range of outlets including Converge, Education Week, Journal of Educational Administration, Independent School, Journal of Ethnographic and Qualitative Research in Education, Journal of Technology Learning and Assessment, Phi Delta Kappan, Los Angeles Times, SecEd, State Legislature, and Washington Times. Mark is a co-author with Alan Bain of The Learning Edge: How Technology Can Help Educate All Children.

Note: The opinions Mark expresses in EdTech Digest are his, not his employers.

Write to: Twitter: @shiftparadigm

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How Education Fails Technology (And What to Do About It)

SHIFT PARADIGM | by Mark E. Weston Education has failed technology. Yes, you read that correctly. Education has failed technology. To understand why this is, not vice versa, requires understanding what the research literature makes clear: It is possible to …Continue reading →

Musings of a (New) Education Insurgent

SHIFT PARADIGM | by Mark E. Weston The system of schooling to which I have dedicated my life seems incapable of educating all students to high levels of learning   For the past fifty-five years, I’ve spent most of my waking … Continue reading →

Mark Weston is an education strategist for Dell. He has more than 33 years experience in enhancing education for all student through the use of technology combined with effective educational practices. He has worked for Apple, Education Commission of the …Continue reading →


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