Mark Nichols - Digital Promise

Mark Nichols

“I love to learn. And I learn by jumping in the deep end, splashing around, making waves, and learning from the experience. My most profound insights have emerged from challenges, risk, adventure and discomfort.”

Mark has over 30 years of experience in the field of education, including positions as a middle and secondary teacher and coach, outdoor educator, wilderness guide/instructor, district technology and curriculum director, professional development provider, multimedia/web/graphic designer, consultant and faculty/program director at the university level, and entrepreneur. During his 10 years at Arizona State University, Mark moved from director of educational technology at KAET/PBS, to a faculty member in the COE, to a director within the University Technology Office.

Intertwined with his experience in public and private education is over a decade working with and for Apple in a variety of roles including Apple Distinguished Educator, contractor, a Development Executive, and Manager of Online Content. Mark was an integral part of the original Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow – Today (ACOT2) team that developed the concept of Challenge Based Learning (CBL), co-authored the CBL white paper, and managed the pilot and implementation projects for Apple. Mark has degrees in political science and economics (Colorado College), theology and education (Princeton Theological Seminary), and public policy (Claremont Graduate University), and is currently pursuing a degree in graphic information technology. He is also a proud owner of a lifelong ABD/PhD in Education. He can be reached at

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