May 6, 2010

Link to Innovative Interactivity (II) & post: SMART Technologies' acquisition of NextWindow: A "smart window" to the world

I am happy to announce that will be contributing a post bi-weekly on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month for the  Innovative Interactivity (II) blog.

In my first post, I discuss interactive technologies in education and the explosion in the number of interactive whiteboards making way in classrooms in the US and around the globe.   The motivation for this post came from last week's announcement of Smart Technologie's acquisition of NextWindow.  Not long after the announcement, I had a chance to speak with Al Monro, CEO of NextWindow, and Nancy Knowlton, CEO of Smart Technologies. I share some of their insights in my post:

SMART Technologies' acquisition of NextWindow: A "smart window" to the world

About Innovative Interactivity (II):

"Innovative Interactivity serves as an open forum for multimedia producers, web developers and all other visualization junkies. Content focuses on the dynamics and theory of how people receive and react to different forms of information on the Web, both through visual, multimedia storytelling and interactive data visualization."

"The goal is that this blog will provide an outlet for those in the online realm, whether you are interested in learning about multimedia, interactivity, programming languages, data visualization, or all of the above. Hopefully you will be inspired from what you read here to surpass your current web standards in order to develop highly effective multimedia interactives for the digital community."

Tracy Boyer | Founder & Managing Editor

Tracy Boyer
Tracy Boyer is an award-winning multimedia producer, specializing in interactive Web development and multimedia storytelling. Currently, she is a dual master’s candidate (MBA/MSIS) at UNC-Chapel Hill where she is studying Human-Computer Interaction in the School’s Information Science program and Entrepreneurship at Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Previously, she was a multimedia producer at, served as the UNC correspondent for and interned with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In 2007, she was selected to participate in the Poynter Summer Fellowship. Boyer graduated with a multimedia degree from UNC’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Her passions lie in travel and multimedia production with a focus on video, audio and interactive graphics. See more of her work at

Boyer is available for speaking engagements and seminars. Please contact her for more information.

Andrea Ballocchi | Spanish Editor & Social Media Manager

Andrea Ballocchi
Andrea Ballocchi is a Chilean journalist. She studied video production at the Art Institute in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and worked as an assistant producer for Sábado Gigantes on channel 13 in Santiago, Chile, and as a producer at Anticipa, an internet company also in Chile.
In 2005, she participated in the multimedia project “The Ancient Way”, in Spain. Since then she has participated in several other projects, including “Chasing Crusoe,” “Atacama Stories,” “Special Olympics in Shanghai and Idaho,” and “South of Here.” She has also taught and coordinated projects at Universidad de los Andes, Chile.
Andrea Ballocchi is currently a multimedia journalism graduate student at the University of Miami, Fla. and works at The Knight Center for International Media.

Ellen Peck | Contributor, Philanthropic Multimedia

Posts publish bi-weekly on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month

Ellen Peck
Ellen Peck works as consultant with a focus on the Non-profit sector. Ellen worked for over 15 years with Save the Children as a Director of Development, and also created and managed their Emergencies and Crisis Leadership Council. She has worked with start-up non-profits, and first-time capital campaigns for more established organizations. She has been involved in fundraising and strategic partnerships with individuals, corporations, foundations and organizations, and in strategic planning with artists, agency project teams and senior management at organizations for new initiative development.

Ellen also serves in the role of producer and creative/content advisor to documentary film, music and other projects in the arts associated with social and environmental issues. Her projects include the film and soundtrack for “Born into Brothels,” (USA) which garnered the Oscar for Best Documentary in 2005, and for “Stolen,” (Australia) currently showing at international film festivals.

Ellen is a Liberal Arts grad with a degree from Amherst College.

Lynn Marentette | Contributor, Academic Multimedia

Posts publish bi-weekly on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month

Lynn Marentette
Lynn Marentette has over 20 years of professional experience as a school psychologist, and has used interactive multimedia applications and games with students who have disabilities since the early 1990’s. She is passionate about emerging collaborative technologies, natural user interactions and interfaces, and how the power of interactive multimedia can be harnessed in education. In addition to her work as a psychologist, she blogs about accessible off-the-desktop natural-user interfaces at “Interactive Multimedia Technology.”

Lynn has presented on topics such as multimedia thinking and learning, universal usability of interactive multimedia, and universal design and accessibility for games. She returned to school a few years ago to learn how to make interactive multimedia applications and games for the web, handheld devices, and large displays, and has taken graduate courses such as game design, ubiquitous computing, and virtual reality in preparation for a potential PhD in Information Technology at UNC-Charlotte.

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