Gregg Festa, recognized as one of “The Big Ten” most influential people in educational technology 2011 by Technology & Learning Magazine, is a veteran educator who was also named 2007 NJ Educational Technologist of the Year and has spoken and written widely on the meaningful and appropriate integration of digital media as a tool for effective teaching and learning in the 21st Century.
Gregg worked as an urban and suburban elementary and high school teacher, school technology coordinator at the nationally recognized North Star Academy Charter School and as an award winning online learning designer at the Center for Improved Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) at Stevens Institute of Technology where he created several innovative online science projects that integrate real-time data and collaborative technologies which were highlighted at the 2000 National Education Summit by former President Clinton as a best practice integration of internet technology in the science classroom. Gregg also designed and developed one of the first fully online professional development programs offered to 30,000 K-12 teachers around the nation via bigchalk.com in 2001.
Gregg currently serves as the founding director of the ADP Center for Teacher Preparation and Learning Technologies at Montclair State University where he provides more than 50,000 teachers, students and teacher educators annually with access to state-of-the-art teaching and learning spaces, a curriculum and instructional library, professional development workshops and conferences, and instructional media labs while also leading online learning design. Gregg has designed and implemented the nationally recognized Digital Backpacks for Teachers program funded by Verizon and created the often duplicated Classroom of the Future model funded by ADP Foundation.
Gregg also founded and currently directs the federally funded and internationally recognized Silk City Media Workshop after-school digital media program for more than 400 urban middle and high school students in Paterson, NJ.
Gregg serves on several advisory boards of schools and organizations interested in advancing technology’s role as a meaningful and appropriate tool for teaching and learning and had been a SIIA CODIE Award judge for the past five years where he evaluates educational software and web tools for effectiveness for teaching and learning.