Driving adoption with teachers from the beginning: EdTech in Schools of Ed

Very often, teachers are the key to the successful adoption and proliferation of education technology inside and outside the classroom.  So how are Schools of Education -- the training ground for teachers -- helping to prepare the 21st century teacher to recognize and take advantage of the benefits ed tech has to offer? Or better yet:

  • What is the role education tech plays in teacher preparation programs at schools of ed around the country?
  • How are innovative teacher preparation programs infusing ed tech into the preparation curriculum: by partnering with ed tech firms; fostering edtech entrepreneurship among their own students; residency programs?
  • What is the stance of Schools of Education concerning ed tech adoption and implementation?

Come out and hear the answer to these questions from esteemed panelists:

are confirmed, and the panel may be further refined over the coming weeks.

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  • Domi

    Very informative. Wished all the speakers had stuck to Adam's very pertinent questions. Not clear the speakers understood much about their audience (entrepreneurs). Would have liked more time to hear from attendees.

    July 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wish the panelists could have given more practical advice and anecdotes for K-12 tech adoption. Their focus on higher ed was interesting but not very useful for people working in a K-12 context.

    July 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well, I let me start with the good: The refreshments were nice and Sharon's energy was awesome. The panelist were informed and informative particularly Paul and Dr. Milne. The areas for improvement: Its ironic that this Meet-up was about EdTech in schools, which is supposed to bring new ways to teach and learn. Yet this conference uses the most antiquated way to present information: a boring lecture/panel. Suggestions: Ask participants 2 - 3 questions PRIOR to the event such as 1) please submit 2 questions you would like to ask the panel, 2) Outside of these questions, what else would you like to learn or explore? You could use audience-based questions to make the panel a litte more engaging. You could also collect data from the 2- 3 questions to get more specific insight on your participants. You could break the group into smaller groups based on interests supplied in response to the second question. You could create specific goals for these groups and action items.

    July 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Although the panel discussion was clear and informative, it definitely lacked more precise information, more reference to actual use cases, and definitely more techy stuff, considering it was EdTech.

    July 18, 2012

  • Michael P.

    Great topic, good panelist choices, but really would have benefited from input from people in K-12 schools (to represent the real challenges of running a classroom, meeting district priorities, etc.), and people who work on teacher preparation without the tech focus, to generate some competing perspectives. Also, it would have been great if the panelists had been able to show some of their work.

    July 18, 2012

  • Amy S.

    Overall, I thought this event was OK. The format could have been improved. The moderator never introduced himself, and he didn't so much as facilitate dialogue among the guests, as ask a question and have each one go down the line and answer. The guests were knowledgeable and smart, but I don't think we got the most out of their time. It was also difficult to ask questions. It would have been better to have audience members step up to a mic or raise hands, etc. I assume the moderator is the leader of this group? He seems knowledgeable, but maybe he should try having various group members volunteer to moderate various discussions?

    July 18, 2012

  • G. Laura M.

    I found it helpful and informative. I was very glad I attended. It would have been helpful to have three different schools represented rather than two people from the same program. It would have been very helpful if the panel seating was on a raised platform and of course problems with the sound and shape of the room.

    July 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Stellar panel. Topic deserves more discussion, and more DOING!

    July 18, 2012

  • Cori S removed the location. It was The Hatchery

    July 17, 2012

  • Vincent B.

    As a teacher of financial literacy, I am most interested in how innovative teacher prep programs are infusing ed tech into the prep curriculum.

    July 16, 2012

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