CEO and Founder, The Greaves Group, LLC
Mr. Greaves is recognized as a visionary in the conceptualization, design, engineering and marketing of technologies for schools. He holds multiple patents and patent disclosures for student computing technologies and has been involved in hundreds of 1:1 computing projects at the district, state and federal level. He has published widely and is currently the Software Information Industry Association (SIIA) Mobile Computing Trends Watch Report Editor. Mr. Greaves’ recent work is highlighted by the 2006 and 2008 America’s Digital Schools surveys that have extensive coverage of 1:1 computing devices and implementations.
Mr. Greaves has 40 years experience in the computer industry, including 26 years at IBM. During the last several years at IBM, he was a member of the IBM EduQuest senior management team, responsible for educational hardware product marketing and development. His group developed many educational products including the IBM Personal Science Lab, and Mammals, a Multimedia Encyclopedia, the first commercial software product using software video playback. In 1996 Mr. Greaves co-founded NetSchools, along with his mentor, Jim Dezell. NetSchools was the first company to focus on comprehensive curriculum-integrated, Internet-connected 1:1 laptop solutions. Working with federal and state legislators, he implemented technology-transformed schools in several National 1:1 Educational Technology Demonstration programs, bringing substantial achievement gains to the poorest and most remote of America’s schools.
Following the sale of NetSchools to PLATO Learning in 2002, he founded The Greaves Group, a strategic education consulting organization. Along with his partners, the Greaves Group focuses on assisting clients develop their own vision of the future in educational technology and then implementing programs that help realize that vision. Mr. Greaves believes the work has only just begun which will lead to dramatic improvements in student achievement.