Research and Innovation: Ed-Tech, Personalized Learning & the Digital Divide

March 31, 2017
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02142

This conference will bring together leading education experts to explore how rigorous research can support the use of technology in education and increase access to education particularly for students from low-income communities. Watch videos of each talk here

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)
  • David Edelman (Special Assistant to the President for Economic and Technology Policy, National Economic Council)
  • 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)
  • Hussham Khan (Director of Research, PowerMyLearning)
  • Vijay Kumar (Associate Dean of Digital Learning, MIT)
  • Phil Oreopoulos (University of Toronto)
  • Jessica Rothenberg-Aalami (CEO, Cell-Ed)

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

We have reached capacity for this event and are no longer accepting expressions of interest to attend.

We will have a live stream of the event on this webpage on the day of the event. 

Event Coordinator

Molly Gilmore

[email protected]

(617) 258-6368