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Steven Hodas

Former executive director of the New York City Education Department's Office of Innovation

Steven Hodas currently works as an advisor with the Education Innovation Cluster at Digital Promise and is Head of Product at Citymart.

From 2012 to 2014 he served as executive director of New York City's Office of Innovation, leading a number of projects, including the iZone project to bring the technology market into the city's education sphere.

In 2010 he was one of the founders of Noodle Education, a company that helps students take decisions regarding education. The company provides expert advice and exhaustive data about over 700,000 education providers and resources through its web app, including kindergartens, primary schools, secondary schools, graduate programmes, tutors, teachers and learning materials.

In the 1990s, together with NASA, he built the US government's first public website, which was aimed at connecting teachers and students with scientific resources to support STEM education (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). In the private sector he went on to create the popular websites for secondary school and university students, the first large-scale formative assessment and personalized learning platforms for large school districts.

Steven Hodas is a graduate in Education, Leadership and Political Studies from the University of Washington and is an innovator in the educational technology field. During his career, he has advised public and private entities, most recently as Digital Promise's Innovation Cluster Lead and as Practitioner in Residence at the University of Washington's Center on Reinventing Public Education.

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How to ensure that technological innovation improves academic performance? The case of New York's iZone


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