Research and Innovation: EdTech, Personalized Learning, and The Digital Divide

Cambridge, MA - Mar 31 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Price: Free

Hosted by MIT J-PAL North America, this conference will bring together leading education experts to explore how rigorous research can be used to support the use of technology in education and increase access to education via technology particularly for students from low-income communities.

In recent years, there has been an enormous increase in the use of technology and innovation to improve student learning. Yet rigorous research on the relative effectiveness of technology-enabled learning remains scarce. There remains a tremendous opportunity for decision-makers to use research to identify the most impactful and cost-efficient approaches. This conference will explore how research can be used to support education technology and personalized learning to reduce the education gap between students from high-income and low-income communities. Topics include:

  • Promising innovations in education technology and personalized learning
  • Bridging the digital divide through evidence-informed practices
  • Running randomized evaluations of education-technology and innovative learning
  • Incorporating evidence into education decision-making
  • The future of education technology research

Featured speakers include:

  • Keynote - Karen Cator (CEO, Digital Promise)
  • Emary Aronson (Managing Director of Education, Robin Hood Foundation)
  • Peter Bergman (Columbia University Teachers College)
  • Ben Castleman (University of Virginia Curry School of Education)
  • Aneesh Chopra (First Chief Technology Officer of the United States)
  • Ken Eastwood (Superintendent, Middletown City School District)
  • Rob Fairlie (UC Santa Cruz)
  • Hal Friedlander (Technology for Education Consortium)
  • Kumar Garg (White House Office of Science and Technology Policy)
  • Sally Hudson (University of Virginia Curry School of Education)
  • Tom Kane (Harvard Graduate School of Education)
  • Vijay Kumar (Associate Dean of Digital Learning, MIT)
  • Phil Oreopoulos (University of Toronto)
  • Justin Reich (Executive Director, MIT Teaching Systems Lab)

In addition, we are excited to have other notable digital learning experts from academia, school administration, government, product development, and philanthropy share their insights. They will discuss how evidence can be used to identify and scale-up the most effective practices in education. In addition, the conference will highlight rigorous research and explore pressing research questions in this space. The day will provide opportunities for open discussions and networking.

Registration Details

There is no fee to attend; however, space is limited. Please register by February 20 to guarantee your reservation.

Event Coordinator

Molly Gilmore

(617) 258-6368

*Note speaker list is subject to change

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