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Three Questions Every Teacher Should Ask About Edtech
Thursday, April 12, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Presented by Bart Epstein, CEO, Jefferson Education Exchange and Research Associate Professor at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education; and Katrina Stevens, Director of Learning Science, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Hosted by Christina Luke, Director of Program and Product Evaluation, Digital Promise
Sponsored by Digital Promise
Choosing the right edtech tool for students can be challenging. Students have varying needs and interests and one-size-fits-all models of edtech adoption don’t allow for personalization. The goal of this edWebinar is to equip educators with skills and resources to ask important questions about edtech effectiveness and demand more from innovators.
Bart Epstein, CEO of Jefferson Education Exchange, and Katrina Stevens, Director of Learning Science at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, take a look inside the edtech marketplace and offer practical tips for navigating edtech adoption. Viewers will leave this recorded presentation with free tools for making the best edtech decisions for their students.
K-12 educators and higher education instructors will benefit from watching this recorded session. Learn more about edtech and making the right decisions to best fit your students’ needs.
About the Presenters
Bart Epstein leads the nonprofit Jefferson Education Exchange (JEX), and is a research associate professor at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education. In these roles, Bart helps to lead a national movement to help educators and institutional leaders make better informed decisions about the educational technologies they select and implement. Prior to launching JEX, Bart led the Jefferson Education Accelerator, which helped growth-stage education companies perform real academic research. He previously spent ten years building the world’s largest online tutoring service, Tutor.com, serving as General Manager of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Online Tutoring and Homework Help Service for Military Families. Bart speaks and writes frequently about the importance of valuing merit over marketing in the selection of education technologies for our nation’s classrooms. He serves on the board of ASCD, the nation’s largest nonprofit, non-union, nonpartisan organization dedicated to teacher advocacy and professional development.
As Director of Learning Science at Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), Katrina Stevens works on supporting the education ecosystem to collect and apply learning science evidence to support improvements in learning success, especially for subgroups that have had the most challenges. Previous to CZI, Katrina brought her experience as a teacher, administrator, and startup cofounder to her role as Deputy Director for the Office of Educational Technology where she oversaw Future Ready, education innovation clusters, rapid cycle evaluations, and developer outreach. She also recently provided support to launch the Jefferson Education Exchange.
Before working at the U.S. Department of Education, Katrina served as EdSurge Summit Director, Founding Executive Director of EdTech Maryland, and worked in the central office in Baltimore County Public Schools. Katrina also co-founded #edtechchat, served as an international Startup Weekend Education Facilitator, and launched an active monthly edtech happy hour. She also wrote extensively about edtech issues internationally.
About the Host
Christina Luke, Ph.D. leads the Marketplace Research initiative at Digital Promise which is focused on increasing the amount of evidence in the edtech marketplace. Before joining Digital Promise, Christina led program evaluations for federal and state initiatives and delivered professional development and technical assistance to school districts at Measurement Incorporated. Formerly a high school English teacher, Christina left the classroom to study education policy with a desire to improve student outcomes by offering a practitioner’s perspective to education research. Christina earned a Ph.D. in education administration and policy from the State University of New York at Albany and a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and English from Boston College.
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