Idit is founder and CEO of World Wide Workshop for developing platforms to disrupt education that combine game mechanics and social networking for blended learning. Its flagship platform, Globaloria, has empowered with its courses 8000 youth to date to become computational inventors, productive digital citizens, and creative thinkers and leaders in the global knowledge economy. Idit's first startup MaMaMedia, was the first born-on-the-net brand for digital kids (and their families) and won numerous awards and recognitions. Idit is a social entrepreneur, contemporary learning theorist, education activist and opinion leader, award-winning author, mentor of young entrepreneurs, and trailblazer in game-based learning and constructionist MOOCs for K-12. Her 1991 book, Children Designers, won the Outstanding Book Award by the American Education Research Association (AERA). Her second book, edited with Seymour Papert, Constructionism, is the first volume out of the Media Lab to advance the idea that computation gives rise to a new science of learning with expressive media. Her learning video-documentaries and research reports have been pioneering a new way of thinking about learning through game design and coding.
She holds a BA cum laude from Tel Aviv University, EdM from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a PhD from MIT. She has taught at MIT and East China Normal University in Shanghai, and has been serving as Advisor to MIT Media Lab, Harvard GSE, CUNY Macaulay Honors College, CU-ATLAS, ECNU, BNU, PBSkids, TFI New Media Fund, MEET, TIG, Saybot. Find her thought-provoking blogs on Huffington Post, Getting Smart, Edutopia and EdSurge. Idit was the 2010 Recipient of the Jessie McCanse Award for Individual Contribution to Media Literacy, and was recently named a Disruptor Foundation Fellow.