Hall Davidson began teaching in 1971. He taught middle and high school English, mathematics, Spanish, and bilingual mathematics. He has been on the faculty of two colleges teaching technology for teacher credential candidates. He left the classroom to teach math on television in Los Angeles on an Emmy-winning program and spent 20 years at Los Angeles area PBS stations teaching, leading staff development, championing content creation by students and teachers, and ultimately producing television series on education, technology, parenting, and live theater. He frequently contributes articles to national education publications and co-authored TechWorks, an internationally distributed classroom technology kit and with a team founded Kitzu.org, a resource of free online kits to encourage project-based learning with media. He was elected to the board of Computer-Using Educators where he served for six years.

For a dozen years he coordinated the nation’s oldest student media festival, the California Student Media Festival and has reviewed over a thousand student projects. He has keynoted major technology conferences and consulted for professional organizations and corporations and been on advisory boards and committees for organizations as diverse as the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the California School Library Association. He has two children who attended Los Angeles public schools, one of whom is now at the University of California. He was twice re-elected as site chairperson at the local elementary school where the categorical budget required his signature.

He joined Discovery Education in 2005 where he blogs, creates webinars, and works in educational partnerships as a director of the Discovery Educator Network. He has spoken about technology and education to audiences around the world.

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The New Book Becomes the Old Backpack: The Unexpected Benefits of Digital


Going digital has an amazing unintended consequence for learning. New digital textbooks arrive on iPads (and others) with cloud-based media DNA: fluid, differentiated, embedded and rich as the world wide web. This inevitably pulls schools into digital adoptions--but when the textbook goes digital, the whole game changes. The new book not only touches the cloud, it also becomes its own earthy backpack with a camera, sensors, encyclopedias, and much more. Interactive projects, assessments, QR codes, and mobile-to-mobile media break the silos of learning into deep and immediate connections to learning. See engagement rise for teachers and students when apps, resources, and digitalbooks leave their silos and play well together.