Welcome and Opening Keynote: Monday, February 28, 8:15 am
Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology
Karen Cator, Director of the Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education
Now is the time! Education faces unparalleled opportunities with the advent not only of new technologies, but also of new emerging pedagogies. Join Karen Cator, a top educational technologist at the U.S. Department of Education as she presents the national Education Technology Plan with particular emphasis on the specific goals and recommendations and the "Getting Started Now" section.
Karen Cator is the director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. She has devoted her career to creating the best possible learning environments for this generation of students. Prior to joining the department, Cator directed Apple's leadership and advocacy efforts in education. In this role, she focused on the intersection of education policy and research, emerging technologies, and the reality faced by teachers, students and administrators.
Cator joined Apple in 1997 from the public education sector, most recently leading technology planning and implementation in Juneau, Alaska. She also served as special assistant for telecommunications for the lieutenant governor of Alaska. Cator holds a Masters in school administration from the University of Oregon and Bachelors in early childhood education from Springfield College. She is the past chair of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills and has served on several boards, including the Software & Information Industry Association—Education.
Evening Keynote Event: Monday, February 28, 7:30 pm
Plus live music by the Rocketboys! Learn more
Steve Wozniak is one of the true icons of Silicon Valley. An engineer's engineer, Woz helped spark the personal-computing revolution, designing the Apple I (introduced in 1976), and most notably, the Apple II (introduced in 1977). Even in those early days of computing, Woz began to include features in Apple's computers that would help everyday people learn and explore — color, sophisticated graphics, powerful storage capabilities, and multi-voice audio — but he also insisted on two essential and transformative characteristics: simplicity and usability. In the intervening years, Wozniak's notion that empowering everyday people with easy-to-use technology and broad access would help drive a social revolution has proven strikingly true. In this conversation, we'll ask this Silicon-Valley pioneer about his focus on education, his ongoing work with emerging technologies, and his vision for the future of technology and society.
A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for the past three decades, Steve Wozniak helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products, the Apple I and II, and he also influenced the popular Macintosh. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniak's Apple I personal computer. The following year, he introduced his Apple II personal computer, featuring a central processing unit, a keyboard, color graphics, and a floppy disk drive. The Apple II was integral in launching the personal computer industry. In 1981, Wozniak went back to UC Berkeley and finished his degree in electrical engineering/computer science. For his achievements at Apple Computer, Wozniak was awarded the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States in 1985, the highest honor bestowed on America’s leading innovators.
After leaving Apple in 1985, Wozniak was involved in various business and philanthropic ventures, focusing primarily on computer capabilities in schools and stressing hands-on learning and encouraging creativity for students. Making significant investments of his time and resources in education, Wozniak “adopted” the Los Gatos School District, providing students and teachers with hands-on teaching and donations of state-of-the-art technology equipment. He founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and was the founding sponsor of the Tech Museum, Silicon Valley Ballet and Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. In 2000, Wozniak was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and was awarded the prestigious Heinz Award for Technology, The Economy and Employment for “single-handedly designing the first personal computer and for then redirecting his lifelong passion for mathematics and electronics toward lighting the fires of excitement for education in grade school students and their teachers.” Wozniak currently serves as Chief Scientist for Fusion-io and is a published author with the release of his New York Times Best Selling autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon, in September 2006 by Norton Publishing. His television appearances include reality show “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List,” season eight of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” and "The Big Bang Theory."
The Steve Wozniak keynote event will include a performance by Austin-based indie rock band The Rocketboys. Full event details >>
Morning Keynote: Tuesday, March 1, 11:30 am
The challenges facing American education are formidable, and seem to call for change more radical than incremental. For more than two decades technology has been "on the verge" of transforming education, yet from pre-K through higher education, for the most part school has remained unchanged. Is it possible that the force that has continually improved nearly every other facet of modern life will ultimately have no fundamental impact on education? Or are we finally at the brink of real change? In his talk, Dr. Sannier will explore the unfulfilled expectations for technology in education and consider whether conditions are finally right for major change.
Adrian Sannier is the vice president of product at Pearson eCollege, a Pearson Education company that creates, services and powers many of the most successful online programs globally. Prior to joining eCollege, Dr. Sannier was the university technology officer at Arizona State University. Under Sannier's leadership, ASU transformed its information technology operation by aggressively embracing cloud-based computing services such as Google Apps for Education and Amazon's AWS. Dr. Sannier is a Professor in the Division of Computing Studies at ASU and former Stanley Professor of Interdisciplinary Engineering at Iowa State University. His research interests focus on the application of immersive visualization and next generation human/computer interfaces to challenges in science, technology and the humanities. Before joining the Iowa State University faculty in 2001, Sannier was vice president and general manager of Engineering Animation Inc., a leading provider of 3D computer graphics software. Sannier led a group of 200 programmers and artists who created products for a diverse group of companies, from Mattel and Disney to Ford and General Motors. He holds a B.S. and PhD. in Systems Science from Michigan State University.
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