Cheryl Vedoe, the former head of Apple Computer’s Power School unit, has left the company to become chief executive officer for Apex Learning, a provider of online courses and instructional materials for high school students.
In an interview with eSchool News, Vedoe said she was enthusiastic about her role at Apex and was looking forward to leading the rapidly growing company to new heights in the ed-tech marketplace.
“Education has really only scratched the surface as far as the potential that is out there with technology,” she said. “I think there is a tremendous opportunity for educational technology to have an influential effect on student outcomes.”
Vedoe said she hopes to improve upon those outcomes by building on the products and services that have beenand continue to bekey to Apex’s business model. Among these services are ClassTools, a combination of online lessons, exercises, and activities to help strengthen educators’ teaching portfolios; Evaluation Tools, which give teachers the means to assess student progress in a given topic by way of computer assessments; and a growing library of online advanced-placement courses, which Vedoe says gives students with limited course diversification a whole new avenue for exploring their educations.
Still getting comfortable in her new role at Apex, Vedoe said she would prefer to focus on familiarizing herself with the company at present before commenting on her goals and visions for its future.
While looking forward to her new role at Apex, Vedoe refused to comment on her reasons for leaving Apple or the current state of the company’s PowerSchool operations. In September, Think Secret, an online news source for inside information at Apple, reported that the company was displeased with the Enterprise version of its PowerSchool student information system and was reevaluating its plans.
A 25-year veteran of the education and technology industries, Vedoe had been Apple’s vice president of education marketing until June, when she was shifted over to the company’s PowerSchool division. An Apple spokesman declined to comment on her departure.