Joe Blatt is senior lecturer on education and faculty director of the Technology, Innovation, and Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In this capacity and as faculty director of the Technology, Innovation, and Education program, Joe teaches courses and seminars about children’s media, digital technology design, and informal learning. He recently won the Morningstar Teaching Award, the ed school’s top faculty honor.
Joe also has an extensive career in creating educational multimedia and broadcast television programs and currently serves as president and executive producer of RiverRun Media. Joe was an executive producer of Scientific American Frontiers, the long-running PBS series featuring Alan Alda. He has created documentaries for NOVA, educational segments for Sesame Workshop, a the BreakThrough television series profiling African-American, Latino and Native American scientists for PBS. In partnership with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Joe developed an innovative Web site and mentoring program to amplify the impact of the series.
Joe has made close to 100 programs for the Annenberg Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, including the popular statistics series, Against All Odds, the discrete mathematics series, For All Practical Purposes, and an hour-long documentary about mathematics learning called Surprises in Mind. He was a producer of public affairs and new technology programs at WGBH Boston, and prior to that, Joe created Feeling Free, a nationally broadcast television series to facilitate mainstreaming of disabled students into public schools. Joe is a graduate of Harvard College, having concentrated in English and American history and literature, and graduated with honors. Joe has an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Joe the very happy father of a 13-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter. Joe is an avid reader and has amassed an enviable library in his home.