“…Kids not only compete with their local colleagues, but they compete at a worldwide level. The technology that we bring helps bridge that gap, and allows students to interact and connect with other kids in a way that they couldn’t before.” – Pablo Pittaluga, USA
Pablo Pittaluga has been working with schools for close to 20 years. His view of the world of education comes from the perspective of providing products and services, like the interactive whiteboard solutions from Promethean he presented recently at the Kent Tech Expo, district-wide technology fair held in Kent, Washington.
“Working with schools…it’s a win-win situation,” says Pittaluga. “When you provide a service to the school, not only do you do the right thing by your employer, but you’re actually helping students achieve in a small way.”
Pittaluga, who was born in Argentina and raised in Brazil, came to the United States at the age of 17. “I spoke broken English,” he says. “I have some fond memories of teachers, particularly in university. A product marketing professor made a big impact on my career. He was one of the few teachers who was able to convey [that] what I was doing had a purpose. When you find that one teacher who can explain why what you’re studying is important for the world you live in, and that there’s a practical reason for it, it makes a big difference.”
Pittaluga believes strongly in using technology to help transform learning environments, especially through connectivity. “One of the things that’s true in today’s environment,” he says, “is that kids not only compete with their local colleagues, but they compete at a worldwide level. The technology that we bring helps bridge that gap, and allows students to interact and connect with other kids in a way that they couldn’t before. To me, that is very impactful. Clearly it’s a big world out there.”
Next up for Pittaluga? Giving back.
“I have a philosophy in life,” says Pittaluga. “Because I’m a foreigner, I have soft spot for immigrant kids. My goal in five years is to help immigrants adapt to the American culture, to learn English, to succeed. For the country that has given so much to me, I want to give back to the community.”