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Jonathan Finkelstein
Executive Producer

Jonathan E. Finkelstein is the founder and executive producer of LearningTimes and the president of the LearningTimes Network—vibrant, online interactive learning communities. As an educator, technologist, industry expert, and producer, he is focused on creating and deploying engaging, Web-based and Web-enhanced human environments—programs and curricula that foster learning, collaboration, and community.

Over the last several years, he has worked with numerous leading educational, corporate, and publishing organizations to build learning programs and communities online; these organizations include Columbia University, the New York City Board of Education, Harvard, Princeton, CalState University, New Visions for Public Schools, League for Innovation in the Community College, the World Education Market, Lehigh, Houghton Mifflin, NASA, MetLife, and The Princeton Review.

Finkelstein is the executive producer and director of two unique, interactive, and standards-based K-12 humanities curricula. Working closely with Columbia Teacher's College and the Academy of American Poets, he co-created PoetryLive, a Web-based distance learning and classroom-enhancement program that connects professional poets to learners and uses poetry as a common language to explore social issues. Finkelstein has also built a coalition of renowned museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney, and the New York Transit Museum, to design and deliver HistoryQuest.US, in which students teach remote peers in online virtual classrooms.

Finkelstein is regarded as an industry expert; at industry conferences he is a frequent speaker and panelist on the topic of effective, interactive, Web-enhanced learning and community-building. As the executive producer of LearningWeek Live, Finkelstein produced and co-hosted a live, interactive, weekly webcast about the people and technology of learning.

Finkelstein is also co-founder of HorizonLive, Inc., a provider of tools for live teaching, learning, interaction, collaboration, and community-building over the Internet. As HorizonLive's senior vice president of product strategy, Finkelstein's role included establishing and executing the company's product vision, developing innovative ways to teach and learn online, and maintaining a deep understanding of the needs of educators and learners. Several of the products he designed were recognized for industry awards, including recognition by Online Learning Magazine, US News & World Report, Brandon-Hall, and the SIIA Codie Awards. Finkelstein also oversaw HorizonLive's professional services division, where he led major efforts to design educational technology curricula and programs for high-profile clients, and guided the integration of multiple platforms to create engaging, interactive, innovative, and useful educational applications.

Finkelstein also regularly conducts seminars and courses on topics such as blending face-to-face with Web-based instruction, designing effective virtual learning spaces, scaling human interaction in online learning environments, and fostering professional development communities on and offline. Valuing the power of real-time interaction and community-building, Finkelstein has delivered nearly 2,500 hours of live online instruction and has coached hundreds of individuals on re-discovering their own teaching styles when bringing their instruction online.

In addition to being an editorial board member of The Technology Source, Finkelstein has been a member of several grant review and industry award programs: Among other positions, he has served as a judge for the Brandon-Hall Excellence in e-Learning Awards and as a review board member for the New Visions for Public Schools Tech Power grants. He is often sought for guidance and quoted in publications on learning online.

Finkelstein has also worked as a strategic, multimedia, and public relations consultant in the Boston and Washington, DC, offices of ML Strategies, Inc. There, he created a wide variety of technology-based systems and communications tools and programs for high-profile clients like America Online, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and Time Warner. In addition, he has conducted formal work in a wide range of fields, including surgery (Harvard Medical School), psychology (MIT), and entertainment (a magician since the age of 9).

Finkelstein received his AB degree cum laude in visual and environmental studies from Harvard University, where he led the world's most comprehensive civic education program for secondary school students, attracting more than 2,000 students in the United States and Europe annually. He is the proud son of two New York City public school teachers with more than 60 years of teaching experience between them.

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