Meet the Twig Team: Introducing Gerald Strother

Tell us a bit about your role and how you became a part of the team at Twig.

As the Executive Producer in the production department, I lead a team of producers and editors to develop, script, and edit our films. I heard about this role from someone I knew who worked at Twig and I applied. I had previously worked in educational broadcasting but was looking for a new challenge—Twig was a great fit.

In 3 words, how would you best describe Twig Education to our followers?

Ah-ha moments! (I kind of cheated there)

What is your favorite thing about your role at Twig?

Working with an amazing team. They have so much talent, ambition, and a genuine enthusiasm for making cool films to engage young minds. They really care about what they do.

What helps motivate you on those days when you need a little push?

The idea that what we do matters. We help build knowledge and that’s hugely satisfying.

If you weren’t working at Twig Education, what would you be doing?

Trying to get a job at Twig Education…

If you could go back in time and give advice to your 16-year-old self, what would it be?

Follow your own interests, not what other people think you should do, and stop using so much hair gel.

Could you share an interesting fact about yourself? Something that we don’t already know about you?

A film I made once played on the ISS. That was pretty cool.

Diana Trujillo: De Cali a Marte

¿Hay vida más allá de la Tierra?

¿Estamos solos en el universo? La ingeniera hispana que llegó hace más de veinte años con sólo $300 en el bolsillo y sin conocer a nadie en los Estados Unidos, es hoy la cabeza del equipo que responderá a esta gran pregunta para la humanidad.

Haciendo historia

Diana Trujillo es una ingeniera aeroespacial colombiana líder de la misión Curiosity de la NASA. Actualmente lidera el equipo de ingenieros que está a cargo del brazo robótico del rover Perseverance y fue directora de vuelo de Perseverance durante el 2020. Trujillo emitió la primera transmisión en español de la NASA de la historia durante el aterrizaje a Marte de Perseverance.

Trujillo nace en Cali, Colombia en 1981. Viéndose en una situación complicada a nivel familiar, se muda sola y con sólo 17 años a los Estados Unidos, donde limpia casas entre otros trabajos mientras se asienta, estudia inglés y comienza sus estudios. Un día se encuentra con una revista sobre mujeres que han trabajado en misiones espaciales, y siendo una apasionada de las matemáticas, se anima a presentarse al programa de la Academia de la NASA, donde fue la primera mujer migrante de origen hispano en ser admitida. Empieza a trabajar en la NASA en 2008 y, entre otros roles, es responsable del testeo de Curiosity, el precursor de Perseverance en Marte.

Algo de vida tiene que haber en Marte

Perseverance no sólo buscará evidencias de vida pasada y recogerá muestras de rocas que serán regresadas a la Tierra en una futura misión. También pondrá a prueba tecnologías pioneras que serán clave para una futura presencia humana en el planeta rojo.

Inspirando a las futuras mujeres científicas

Trujillo está concienciada con acercar a más mujeres y especialmente a mujeres latinas a carreras STEM. Actualmente las mujeres latinas componen sólo un 2% de los puestos de trabajo STEM en los Estados Unidos. Entre muchas de las iniciativas en las que participa, es mentora de la Fraternidad Brooke Owens, que creó con su esposo Will Pomerantz para apoyar a mujeres jóvenes y especialmente de minorías étnicas en el inicio de sus carreras científicas.

Nuestra aportación a las nuevas generaciones

Desde Twig también quisimos inspirar al mundo en español con el aterrizaje de Perseverance en nuestro reportaje semanal gratuito de noticias de actualidad científica. Hay uno cada semana. ¡No te lo pierdas!

¡Recibe las novedades de Twig Education!

Además de contenido académico gratuito directamente a tu bandeja de entrada 

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Education Talk Radio: Empowering Student Voice with Twig Create

Twig Education senior curriculum specialist Lisa Larsgaard and elementary school teachers Hayley and Brianne spoke recently to Education Talk Radio to share their positive experiences of using Twig Create in the classroom. They discussed how Twig Create enables students of different abilities to express their knowledge and understanding, its accessibility for students and teachers, and how the platform facilitates the assessment process.

Listen to the full episode here!


We’re currently running a Twig Create Summer Challenge. All you need to do to take part is use Twig Create to make and submit a short video about your local area. The best videos we receive can win a range of pretty special prizes—including an Apple iPad or AirTag, and the unique opportunity for your class to work with the producers of Twig Science Reporter to make its very own episode!

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Meet the Twig Team: Introducing Ross MacLeod-Hammond

Tell us a bit about your role and how you became a part of the team at Twig.

I manage the post production department and technologies at Twig. I joined Twig in 2010 after 10 years of broadcast editing and a production systems background.

In 3 words, how would you best describe Twig Education to our followers?

Fun, challenging, and rewarding.

What is your favorite thing about your role at Twig?

I get to solve problems, create new workflows, and help to establish solid production techniques. Because I work across all departments in Twig, I get to know so many people and meet lots of fun and different personalities. I get an insight into what each department does, their specific requirements, and day-to-day challenges.

What helps motivate you on those days when you need a little push?

I am always motivated! Working with technology and production is fantastic.

If you weren’t working at Twig Education, what would you be doing?

I would be a builder.

If you could go back in time and give advice to your 16-year-old self, what would it be?

Here are the answers to that tricky maths exam.

Could you share an interesting fact about yourself for our followers? Something that we don’t already know about you?

I have saved the lives of 4 people!

Podcast Episode 3: Twig Education On… EdTech with Dr. Monica Burns

In episode 3 of Twig Education On…, Dr. Kim Mueller talks to Dr. Monica Burns from classtechtips.com about digital learning, open-ended creation tools, and moving from learning loss to learning recovery.


Dr. Monica Burns runs the popular EdTech blog ClassTechTips, bringing you teaching strategies, tips, and activity ideas.

She also presents the Easy EdTech Podcast, which focuses on how to make EdTech integration easy, with shout-outs to favorite EdTech tools for classrooms.

Monica provides actionable, relevant tips for teachers that help take the stress out of integrating education technology into your classroom.


When Monica talks about open-ended creation tools, she means learning environments that give students the freedom to express themselves and a space to demonstrate their understanding, such as our own easy-to-use video-making experience, Twig Create. 

We’re currently running a Twig Create Summer Challenge. All you need to do to take part is use Twig Create to make and submit a short video about your local area. The best videos we receive can win a range of pretty special prizes—including an Apple iPad or AirTag, and the unique opportunity for your class to work with the producers of Twig Science Reporter to make its very own episode!

New Features and Updates: Twig Create

We are constantly updating and improving our Twig Create platform to provide an excellent student and teacher experience. As you will see, these How to Use Twig Create videos were produced whilst Twig Create was still in Beta, therefore some of the homepage features shown in the videos have changed. These videos are currently being updated, but in the meantime you can review the changes and new features below.

Previously, our titles looked like this:

The image below shows how our titles and icons now appear:

Please note that while the titles and icons have changed, our content remains the same.

See below for a list of these updates:

  • ELA/ELD has now changed to Lessons
  • Bite-Sized Films has now changed to Films
  • Digital Literacy has now changed to Tasks
  • Life/Career has now changed to Life
  • A full Glossary of over 1,000 films has been added to support student acquisition of Tier 3 vocabulary