R. Thor Prichard

President & CEO

Thor Prichard leads Clarity Innovations and its team of education practitioners, designers, and technology professionals using their blended expertise to help clients improve the process and practice of teaching and learning in a global society. When he’s not researching emerging trends and technologies that the education industry will discover and embrace 3-5 years from now, Thor is consulting with clients the likes of Intel Education, Adobe Systems, Common Sense Media, Math Learning Center, littleBits, and PASCO scientific on their education product strategy and technology innovation plans. 

Highlights

Working at the intersection of education and technology for over two decades—including serving as an executive director of a five-state nonprofit educational consortium, an instructional and user experience designer, a professional development presenter/speaker, and technology researcher/developer—Thor has proven to be an enthusiastic evangelist of technology-enriched pedagogy. 

Publications & presentations

  • Content in Context EdTech Forum, Managing Learners and Learning Assets in Student-Centered Learning (2017)
  • Leadership Series on Open Educational Resources, OER and the New Blended Classroom (2016)
  • Metadata Meetup, Getting Started with LRMI for Publishers (2014)
  • SIIA EdTech Industry Summit, Differences in Mobile Product Development (2012)
  • Instructional Technologies Strategies Conference, Keynote Presentation (2003)
  • New Century Schoolhouse, Columnist (1998-2002)
  • Clarity Blog, Contributor (2005-)  

Professional affiliations

  • Member, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
  • Member, Computer Human Interaction Forum of Oregon (CHIFOO)
  • Member, LearningForward
  • Member, Interaction Design Association (IxDA)
  • Advisor, Center for Innovation & Digital Learning (CIDL)
  • Co-Organizer, Northwest Education Cluster
  • Judge, CODiE Awards (2011-2012)

Grants

  • ScholarCentric Success Highways Online – Grant Writer and Subcontractor, Federal Department of Education Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant (2010)
  • Oregon School Library Information System (OSLIS) – Grant Writer and Fiscal Agent, Federal Library Services and Technology Act State (LSTA) Grant (1999, 2002)

Degrees and/or certifications held

  • BA, Cognitive Psychology, Reed College