Ann McCormick

  • Ann H. McCormick, PhD founded and lead software design at the Learning Company for it’s first 16 products, including Rocky’s Boots and Reader Rabbit.With her team, she created a new category of software and a leading national brand. Ann gave invited presentations for the Special Office of the President (US), the LIbrary of Congress, Members of Parliament (UK), the Congress of the Latin Americas (Brazil), and spoke at telecommunications companies (Northern Telecom, Pacific Bell, ATT) advanced labs (IBM, Apple, HP) and for publishers and toy companies. She consulted to Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow and won grants from the Apple Education Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Walter S. Johnson Foundation, the  and venture funds from Melchor Venture Management, NEA, and Robertson Stevens. TLC went public and was sold for $660M.

    Ann next founded Learning Friends, where she invited industry leaders to “build the future now” at the Nueva School where young children built and played in their own virtual realities, learned C programming with “mentors by modem,” learned 3D graphic design from Macromedia Fellow, Young Harvill. Supported by Apple, the Library Corp and 35 software companies, Ann worked with Apple Fellow Bill Atkinson, consulted to Alan Kay’s group at Apple ATG and to government and industry leaders in 15 nations.  She developed prototype literacy software for urban illiterate African-American teen boys with US Department of Education SBIR grants, consulted to Gravity, Inc, Tiny Planets, KidSource and other start-ups. She served on Boards of Odyssey Middle School, Synapse School and was appointed Honorary Head of School for an international school in Beijing.  She was awarded grants from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the US Department of Education and NSF.  She raised venture funds from Mohr-David, Greylock, Viacom, and Singapore EDB.

    Ann is now President of Learning Circle Kids, LLC where she leads a team developing an iPad app, Reader Bee, for young children going from not reading to reading. Ann earned her MA and PhD in the School of Education from the University of California at Berkeley in 1972, where she gave the 100th Anniversary Commencement Address.

 

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