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Leveraging Technology to Reclaim American Educational Leadership

Technology has the potential to improve education by overcoming geographical disparities, improving access, personalizing education, and digitizing educational materials. Wired classrooms and instructional sets allow for education that is adaptive to students’ needs, letting pupils learn at their own pace, receive individualized instruction, and be assessed in real time. Despite technology innovation’s potential to enhance student engagement and performance, our basic learning strategies have nonetheless remained static even though most schools in the U.S. are equipped with some level of Internet connectivity.

On December 17, leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors examined how to best leverage information and communications technology to transform education in the United States. The discussion also focused on how to enable learning environments of all kinds — K-12, community colleges, universities, adult education and other training courses — to experiment with new innovations to improve students’ proficiency and experience in the classroom.

After each panel, speakers took audience questions.


8:30 AM -- Welcome and Introductory Remarks


Aneesh Chopra

Co-Founder and Executive Vice President, Hunch Analytics


Roberto Rodriguez

Special Assistant to the President for Education Policy - The White House


Moderator: Phil Weiser

Senior Advisor to the Director for Technology and Innovation, National Economic Council, The White House

9:00 AM -- The Future of Education Technology

9:15 AM -- Imagining the Educational Environment of the Future


Karen Cator

Director, Office of Educational Technology - U.S. Department of Education


Tom Kalil

Deputy Director for Policy, Office of Science and Technology Policy

10:00 AM -- The State of Educational Research and Development

Allan A. Friedman

Former Brookings Expert

Director of Cybersecurity Initiatives, National Telecommunications and Information Administration - U.S. Department of Commerce

11:00 AM -- Incentives to Innovate and Encouraging Experimentation and Technology Adoption

12:00 PM -- Keynote Address

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