How Teachers Can Connect with Students & Families During At-Home Learning

This is part three of our ongoing series about edTech industry shifts in at-home learning. To check out the whole series, click here. Strong relationships between students and teachers support academic growth and social-emotional development. During at-home learning, however, those connections have been harder than ever to make and maintain. As the school year comes […]

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    September 3, 2019

    The Power of Simplicity: Making Learning Design for Everyone

    From the sleek, pared-back sensibilities of Apple products to the broad appeal of human-centered design, there’s power in designing digital products with elegance and simplicity. But embracing the goal of simplicity during the product planning process doesn’t mean a product can’t be complex, interesting, or enriching to use, too. Deeply elegant design solutions can also […]

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    September 1, 2019

    UX + UI Designer

    At Backpack Interactive, we believe in the bigger picture. We’re a small but mighty strategy, UX and design studio committed to serving educational technology and non-profit projects that make the world a better place. Our clients demand results, so our employees have to make complex choices quickly. We want you to make big decisions and […]

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    January 29, 2019

    Panel: From Spark to Sprints

    On January 24th, I had the privilege of moderating a panel to discuss what inspires a really exceptional edTech product. Megan Artin and Adam Young joined me to discuss everything from the broad conceptual purposes of educational technology (The Spark) to the nuts and bolts of how to manage large, enterprise product development (The Sprints). […]

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    August 7, 2018

    LINK App for Learning Ally Gets Top Rating

    EdTech Round Up, the industry’s premier source for educational technology news & reviews, honored the audio reading app we designed for Learning Ally with their top grade: 5 apples, “Outstanding”. Reviewer Michael Karlin made special mention of our design for the app’s interface and highlighted key UX features, writing: The overall design of Learning Ally’s mobile reading app is centered […]

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