President and CEO
As President and CEO of Clarity Innovations, Thor Prichard leads a team of professionals with the unique expertise necessary to meaningfully transform the process and practices of education. His effort is focused on multiplying the effectiveness of clients working towards a vision for teaching and learning in a global society.
With an immersion in education and technology that spans two decades, Thor makes matching promising technologies with the needs of education easy for clients to understand and apply. He is an enthusiastic presenter, emerging technology evangelist, published writer, and effective consultant.
Thor takes a collaborative approach with clients; with an ingenuity for innovation, in solving problems, developing content, and integrating technology in a meaningful way. What Thor enjoys most about his work is the ability to have an impact on how kids use technology to enrich their learning. Thor holds a BA in cognitive psychology from Reed College in Oregon.
- Moderator of the MobilePortland Education Panel (2010).
- EdNET Industry Awards Judge (2008).
- Hosted the first informal Drupal Education gathering at OSCON (2005).
- Introduced conference blogging and RSS aggregation at the National Education Computing Conference (2003).
- Recruited and assembled a diverse team of professionals from the education field with the expertise necessary to meaningfully transform the process and practices of education through appropriate integration of existing and promising technologies (2001-2003).
- Coordinated the technology infrastructure for one international and two domestic high profile summits of recognized leaders of industry, academia, and government for high-achieving high school and college students (2001-2003).
- Co-chaired the production of the annual Northwest Council for Computers in Education Conference attended by over 2,500 K-12 educators (2000, 2003).
- Developed and produced the Instructional Technology Strategies Conference (2000-2002).
- Implemented two state-wide Library Services and Technology Act grants totaling $415,000 the purposes of developing instructional content and professional development materials about online subscription resources and full-text periodicals (1999-2000).
- Commissioned to develop a Web-based application for managing school district professional development workshop registration (1998-1999).
- Institutionalized business processes and practices for software licensing management and fulfillment to meet the needs of a rapidly growing consortium of educational institutions (1997-2002).
- Pioneered the development of online instructional examples and a professional development curriculum to prepare K-12 educators for the next generation of Web-based instructional technology resources (1995-1996).
- Led a team of high school students to create the world’s first high school yearbook on CD-ROM (1990).