Grover Visits Google: Breakthrough Learning Forum Begins Today
Forum Convened by The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, Common Sense Media, MacArthur Foundation and Google to Explore the Future of Digital Technology in Education
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--National leaders in education, science, technology and philanthropy will assemble today for the Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age Forum to develop recommendations for using digital media for education reform. The forum will also feature an exhibition of some of the newest innovations in education technology presently available. The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, Common Sense Media, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Google, have convened the meeting at the Google campus in Mountain View.
“Solving the crisis in American education requires the sort of multi-sector thinking Breakthrough Learning entails, and the group assembling here truly has the leadership and wisdom to galvanize the creation of a new model for teaching and learning, leveraging the power of technology.”
Building on the renewed federal investment in education, the participants will develop an action plan to use breakthrough technologies to help revitalize a school system that has fallen behind. Emphasis will be placed on key areas where technology can make a significant difference including addressing America's early literacy crisis, preparing teachers to integrate technology into classrooms, and opening new learning opportunities for youth through mobile and games-based learning.
Presenters over the two day event represent a wide range of education and technology fields including: Martha J. Kanter, Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, Reed Hastings, CEO, Netflix, former Chairman of the California State School Board, Joel Klein, Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, Geoff Canada, CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone, Marissa Mayer, VP, Search Products and User Experience, Google Inc. and Jonathan Miller, Chief Digital Officer for News Corporation. Joan Ganz Cooney, Sesame Street co-founder, and Sesame Street Muppet Grover will also make special appearances.
The full agenda, speaker biographies, forum details and instructions on how to join in and watch the live webcast are available on the forum website at www.google.com/events/digitalage/index.html.
"We're very excited to host this dynamic group of thinkers and innovators at Google. Breakthrough Learning can make a tangible difference in building a new future for our children, and will address some of the most critical issues facing our education system," said Maggie Johnson, Director of Education and University Relations, Google Inc. "Solving the crisis in American education requires the sort of multi-sector thinking Breakthrough Learning entails, and the group assembling here truly has the leadership and wisdom to galvanize the creation of a new model for teaching and learning, leveraging the power of technology.”
In addition to the action plan which will be presented to the Obama administration and key leaders in business, education, and research in follow-up meetings beginning in late 2009, several strategic initiatives were announced:
The forum will also feature a technology playground showcasing cutting-edge digital innovations from academia and industry including: Siftables, cookie-sized computers with motion sensing, neighbor detection, graphical display, and wireless communication, SMALLab (Situated Multimedia Arts Learning Lab), a mixed-reality learning environment where students interact in real time with visual, robotic, and sonic media via 3D movements and gestures, LittleBigPlanet, a video game that allows players to create and modify their own games, and StoryKit for iPhone, an electronic storybook App where children can add their own text, drawings, photos, sounds, and creative layout to storybooks.
Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age was made possible by lead sponsor and co-convener Google along with event sponsors: the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The Pearson Foundation, Apple Professional Development, Intel, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Comcast, Cisco and Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Learn more on the forum website at www.google.com/events/digitalage/index.html.