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Using Automation to Maximize Instruction and Reduce Teacher Burnout

Thursday, January 19, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

Using Automation to Maximize Instruction and Reduce Teacher Burnout

Presented by Dr. Eric Wang, Vice President, Artificial Intelligence, Turnitin; Randy Kolset, Coordinator of Educational Technology, Orange Unified School District (CA); Sam Brooks, Personal Learning Supervisor, Putnam County School System (TN); and Dr. Courtney Monk, Co-Founder and COO, Schoolytics

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Teachers’ responsibilities will change as technology progresses at a faster rate. The question is: How can automation help teachers be more efficient and effective and prevent the accumulation of even more daily tasks for an already-overworked profession?

In this edLeader Panel, we cover the ways in which technology-enabled automation can help teachers maximize instructional time and reduce the burden of administrative, “non-teaching” tasks. We also discuss the pros and cons of automation in the classroom, pitfalls to avoid, and practical tips for implementation. Finally, the panelists share their thoughts on what the future holds for automation in the education space.

Panelists include edtech leaders Dr. Eric Wang, Vice President of Artificial Intelligence at Turnitin, and Dr. Courtney Monk, Co-founder and COO at Schoolytics, alongside district leaders Randy Kolset, Coordinator of Educational Technology at Orange Unified School District, and Sam Brooks, Personal Learning Supervisor at Putnam County School System. Together, they provide a comprehensive perspective on technology and automation’s impact on teachers and their students.

This recorded edLeader Panel is of interest to K-12 school leaders, district leaders, and education technology leaders.

Dr. Eric WangAbout the Presenters

Dr. Eric Wang is the vice president of artificial intelligence at Turnitin, where he has worked since 2018. Dr. Wang focuses on leveraging AI to improve learning experiences and promote academic integrity around the world. He believes that AI can be a force of enormous good and thinks a lot about the impact of technology on the learning journeys undertaken by students, instructors, and institutions, and focuses on building AI that amplifies the great things that are happening while also mitigating any harmful effects. He has previously worked on natural language processing at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and as a data scientist at Chegg. He holds a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from Duke University.

Randy KolsetRandy Kolset is a proven leader in the world of education and technology. His 22 years in education have spanned the classroom, district offices, county offices, and statewide committees. He is the coordinator of the educational technology department for the Orange Unified School District and has presented at numerous education and technology conferences that include National and Fall CUE, Lead3.0, and the eLearning Strategies Symposium. He is especially experienced in the area of educational technology as the former Orange County Department of Education educational technology coordinator facilitating numerous presentations to instructional leaders across the state and has earned a Chief Technology Officer certification through the statewide organization of CITE (California IT in Education). He enjoys sharing his expertise as the learning community continues to improve educational experiences for all students.

Sam BrooksSam Brooks is honored to have worked for the Putnam County School System (TN) for the past 30 years. Sam leads the personalized learning integration in the Putnam County Schools which includes digital online, dual enrollment, dual credit, industry certification, and personalized learning in the classroom. Sam is a Google Certified Trainer and was recognized by the Center for Digital Education as a National Top 30 Technologists-Transformers-Trailblazers, is a BLU Forum Expert Advisor, a Tech & Learning Magazine Regional Digital Learning Leader Award winner, and a DA Magazine District of Distinction winner. The VITAL program in Putnam County under Sam has been featured in several national awards and publications including EdSurge, iNacol, District Administration Magazine, Clayton Christensen Institute, and the Evergreen Group.

Dr. Courtney MonkDr. Courtney Monk is the co-founder and COO of Schoolytics, a student data platform that helps educators make evidence-based instructional decisions faster and with greater confidence. Before co-founding Schoolytics, Dr. Monk worked as a data scientist at both Chegg and Teach For America. She currently serves as Board President of the Los Gatos Union School District and also serves on the board of Breakthrough Silicon Valley. Dr. Monk graduated cum laude from Princeton University with a degree in economics before receiving a master’s degree in international economics with high honors from the Université de Paris I – Pantheon Sorbonne and earning a doctorate in economics from the University of Oxford.

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SchoolyticsSchoolytics combines data from multiple systems (SIS, LMS, assessments) and transforms it into actionable insights for teachers, instructional coaches, school leaders, and administrators. Educators around the world use Schoolytics to measure student proficiency by subgroup, track chronic absenteeism, report on equity initiatives, develop multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS), and make data-driven decisions faster.



Thursday, January 19, 2023
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
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