Fulfilling the Promise of Education Technology

Technology is playing a large — and increasing — role in American education. At the same, credible evaluations find scant evidence that technology on its own, whether in the form of SMART boards or individual computers, generates any improvement in student performance. Could we be making a mistake by focusing on technology rather than carefully considering what problems the technology is meant to solve?
This half-day meeting brought together leaders from the New York City education community to participate in a discussion led by cutting-edge thinkers who distinguish themselves in the vast field of ed tech by having thought hard about the underlying science of education, and by having considered how it might fit with technological applications. They all are education experts first and technologists second, with experience integrating technologies into educational settings.


Friday, May 9, 2014
8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Venue: Columbia University
Attendance at this forum was by invitation only.

8:00–8:25 a.m.


8:25–8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction
Ray Fisman
Lambert Family Professor of Social Enterprise
Co-director, Tamer Center for Social Enterprise
Columbia Business School

8:30–9:30 a.m.

Computing and the science of the individual
Joel Rose
Co-founder & CEO
New Classrooms Innovation Partners

9:30–10:30 a.m.

The role of technology in teacher development
Ellen Moir
Founder & CEO
The New Teacher Center

10:30–11:00 a.m.

Coffee Break 

11:00 –12:00 p.m.

Getting teachers, parents and technology working together for student learning
Elisabeth Stock
Co-founder & CEO

12:00–12:30 p.m.

What we’ve learned (and need to learn) about education technology
Emary Aronson
Managing Director of Education
Robin Hood Foundation

12:30 –1:30 p.m.

Working lunch

Executive Directors who would like to attend future Social Enterprise Leadership Forums can contact: socialenterprise@gsb.columbia.edu

Research Report