Shawn Rubin launched EdTechRI as a natural outgrowth of his experience as director of blended learning and technology integration at the Highlander Institute, a charter school in Providence. Blended learning is a combination of online learning through educational-technology software and face-to-face instruction with a teacher in a brick-and-mortar environment. Most of his work is professional development with teachers to help them integrate technology into their classrooms. Rubin works extensively with schools in Providence, as well as across southeast New England. The missing link Rubin discovered between educational-software developers and enthusiastic teachers – the classroom testing phase – ignited a spark that led to the creation of EdTechRI.