Shawn Gross

Shawn GrossShawn Gross

Director of Technology and Innovations, University of San Diego

Shawn Gross’ educational training, public policy involvement, and his private sector education technology experiences position him as a digital learning thought leader in mobile learning. Through his efforts to identify optimal uses of technology to increase student achievement, Mr. Gross designed, developed and implemented the 1st US mobile learning initiative in K-12, Project K-Nect. Mr. Gross assembled a team of experts comprising software developers, curriculum specialist, curriculum developers, professional development staff and education researchers in order to achieve the goal of demonstrating the efficacy of utilizing mobile devices to increase student achievement. In addition to the development, implementation and management of Project K-Nect, Mr. Gross was responsible for launching the 1st US Mobile Learning Conference. Mr. Gross continues to provide both domestic and international guidance to ensure the full proliferation of K-12 based mobile learning. Mr. Gross is the Director of Technology and Innovations for the Mobile Technology Learning Center at the University of San Diego. He also serves in a variety of advisory leadership capacities to support the growth of mobile learning which include:

• Advisory Board Member to the Consortium for School Networking’s Leadership for Mobile Learning Initiative

• Advisory member to the International Society for Technology in Education’s Special Interest Group on Mobile Learning

• Advisory Board Member to the Wireless Ed Tech Conference

As founder and Managing Director of DMC, he provides the guidance and product development for this project. He has extensive public sector experience as senate legislative aide and senior policy advisor. He was honorary executive to the Congressional Web Based Education Commission, a contributing author to the National Education Technology Plan, chairperson to the Washington, D.C., Mayor’s Task force on Education Technology, and the author of a portal implementation technology guide for 1997 Summit of the Americas. His work in the private sector includes Sun Microsystems and Apple Computer, in product development and marketing, K-12 education practice, e-learning account management, and as government relations liaison on issues of education technology. Mr. Gross received his BA in International Studies from The Ohio State University; and both his MBA and Masters of Public Policy and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.