Converge Magazine Editor-in-Chief Bernard Percy in the Spotlight on LearningWeek Live Webcast

August 28, 2001

This week’s special guest on LearningWeek Live, the first interactive weekly webcast featuring stories about the people, technology and business of learning today, is Bernard Percy, Editor-in-Chief of Converge magazine. Percy will appear on LearningWeek Live at 1:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, August 29th.

A noted educator and communicator, Percy brings over 30 years of education experience in both the public and private sectors to the editorial helm of the award winning Converge magazine, an education and technology magazine.

As an educator, Percy spent fourteen years in the New York City and Los Angeles public school system, teaching 4th, 5th and 6th grades. He has served in the university and adult education areas, including work with the Desegregation Training Institute at California State University at Northridge.

Percy’s extensive background within corporate environments has included work in the technological fields of telecommunications, telephony, interactive voice response systems, networking and networking security, multimedia, video conferencing, machine vision and workstations.

Percy has served as a creative consultant for KCET, the Los Angeles PBS station, and has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows over the past 18 years. Percy is the author of several books on education including How to Grow a Child … A Child’s Advice to Parents, Help Your Child in School and The Power of Creative Writing.

LearningWeek Live (LWL) airs every Wednesday at 1:00 pm EDT at Each show features a dialogue on a learning news story, the LearningWeek Business Report, and a special guest interview.

Guests and show topics are drawn from the worlds of primary, secondary, and higher education, corporate training, publishing, web-based instruction –- anywhere concerted teaching and learning efforts are taking place.

The show concludes with the selection of the “LearningWeek Site of the Week”, recognizing achievement in providing access to quality learning in a connected world. Previously recognized sites have included: The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching,,, Canada’s Digital Collections, the Digital Divide Network, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees e-Centre, and the Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance Online, EducationGuardian, and

LWL is co-hosted by Jonathan Finkelstein and John Walber, recognized experts in the learning and technology fields.

“There has been a wonderfully positive response to the program and format,” said Finkelstein. “Live human interaction is a basic ingredient for creating effective learning experiences, and we think it’s important to bring this approach to the discussion of learning issues themselves, live on the Internet.”

The format of the live video-based webcast, which runs 30 minutes, allows participants to offer their perspectives, ask questions of the featured guest, and recommend topics for future shows.

Previous guests have included: Richard Katz of EDUCAUSE, Bobbi Kurshan of bigchalk, Denis Gilhooly of the UN Development Programme, Kristin Hirst of, Bill Evans of Cal-State Chico, Gene Smarte of eLearning Magazine, Denise Easton of, and Donavan Vicha of the American Library Association. Upcoming live episodes of LearningWeek will include visits by Casey Green of the Campus Computing Project, George Cigale of, Matthew Pittinsky of Blackboard, and Ann Kirschner of Fathom, among others.

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