I’m Jordan T. Thevenow-Harrison. I make things to help people teach themselves.
I design and develop iReadBetter, an app to help children teach themselves how to read, based on materials in Caleb Gattegno’s Words In Color curriculum for the Bronx Charter School for Better Learning.
I also produce educational software. iSpellBetter helps people practice spelling by partially obscuring letter forms under time constraints. iCountBetter presents a space to help structure children’s sense of quantity and enumeration.
You can hire me to help you make learning software, understand how people use your technology to learn, or teach about the learning sciences. I also offer advice on grants related to the cognitive and learning sciences. Read my CV or get in touch.
I have a PhD in learning science from the University of Wisconsin—Madison’s Department of Educational Psychology. I live in College Park, Maryland—just outside DC—with my spouse and two large cats. You can follow me on Twitter and see my photos on Flickr or Instagram.
My dissertation is about how people learn things unrelated to what they’re doing, and how structuring that “incidental” stuff can change what they learn and how they use it later. It was my attempt at formalizing what happens in discovery learning, but within supervised classification, one of the oldest kinds of learning experiment setups in psychology.