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Spark Workshop on Ed Tech

Spark Workshop on Ed Tech with Damon Kornhauser, INCITE Creatives, and 
Andrea Coleman, CEO of the Office of Innovation at the New York City Department of Education
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 

Brainstorming workshop will begin at 6:30 p.m. 
Please plan on arriving 10-15 minutes early. 
Reception will follow the workshop at 8:15 p.m.
Location: Warren Hall Room 209, 1125 Amsterdam Avenue, between 115th and 116th Street.
Please register online.

This workshop will focus on an exploration of education, technology and values in re-imagining 21st century learning.

From No Child Left Behind to Common Core State Standards, charter schools to smart boards, the modern classroom is straining to reinventing itself in order to properly prepare students for a world of challenges that are only now being dreamed into existence.

Outside the schoolyard, startups, apps, and MOOCs are threatening the current (or let's face it, yesterday's) classroom model with global access, gamified curricula, and student-driven experiences.

What is happening as these arenas continue to impact and interweave, and is the rising use of education technology helping or hindering learning itself, and how? Over the course of the workshop, we'll brainstorm deep into our hopes and concerns regarding the use of technology in shaping tomorrow's generation, and perhaps even create a list of values we should all steer by as we set out to innovate the learning experiences of tomorrow.
  Workshop questions will explore:
  1.       As the line between education and commerce is increasingly blurred, what concerns emerge with collaborations between EdTech startups, MOOCs, and other alternative platforms? What barriers exist that the different players can incorporate into their own perspectives and solutions? How can each sector learn about the others while ensuring that student learning outcomes remain the top priority?
  2.       What are elements or solutions within these different industries that will ensure transparency and success? What resources does each sector need to contribute to guarantee the goals success? Examples of solutions may include online platforms, brick and mortar solutions, etc.

Spark provides Social Innovators with an opportunity to explore resources, connections and potential solutions to help their social ventures, by tapping the collective knowledge within Columbia University, and the larger entrepreneurial and social impact community in the New York area and beyond.
This workshop is open to all who are willing to bring their ideas, experience, and connections to help solve social and environmental challenges that these social innovators aim to address.
If you are unable to attend the above event but would like more information on Spark, please register for our mailing list.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey everyone, From the workshop, one of the things I heard from others is the need for a platform to help teachers/admins/parents choose between all the available digital tools.

    I came across this one by EdSurge:

    EdSurge says that the database is community driven, but it's not clear how anyone can add to it.

    August 16, 2013

  • Columbia Social E.

    Hi all, you can see photos from the event (including those of the Board) in our Facebook album:

    1 · August 9, 2013

  • Michael K.

    Hey everybody, I forgot that I wanted take a picture of the board with each group's main points before I left. Would anyone who took a picture of it mind posting their picture on here?

    August 7, 2013

  • penelope m.

    There was a lot of interesting conversation last night with a very diverse group of people. I appreciated trying to look at the whole system, the various stakeholders, and their needs.

    August 7, 2013

  • Alim S. G.

    I noticed the event says plan to arrive 15 mins early. Have to back out, then. It's trying enough to get there on time after work when traveling from Douglaston.

    August 6, 2013

  • Thomas S.

    Unfortunately, I can no longer attend due to projected late night of work for IBM. In my spare time, I am a self taught mainly Ruby on Rails Programmer along with many other languages. I have built a continuing education application for dentist and I am working on building an interactive personal finance course for college students. I am looking for additional projects to occupy my spare time and to keep learning programming. If you need help building your MVP please send me an email and I would be happy to help. [masked]

    August 6, 2013

  • linda_v

    Interests in learning with digital technology and innovation in education in the intersections of tech-arts-STEM

    August 5, 2013

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