Technology has transformed nearly every aspect of our day-to-day life - work, communication, commerce and entertainment - except education. That’s about to change. The seeds of the coming digital revolution are taking root in states across the nation. Digital learning - whether online or in a classroom - is yielding rising student achievement and, at the same time, addressing a myriad of modern-day challenges like class-size mandates and teacher shortages. Learn the essentials of digital learning from pioneers and practitioners of this new delivery system for education.
FL Rep. Erik Fresen - A native of Miami, Florida Representative Erik Fresen, began working in public policy and politics as an undergraduate at Florida State University in 1994. This experience culminated with his service as a legislative aide in both the Florida House and Senate. In 2008, Representative Fresen was elected from the 111th District in the Florida House of Representatives, where his service includes working on the Education Policy Council, the Pre K-12 Appropriations Committee and serving as the Vice Chair of the Pre K-12 Policy Committee. Representative Fresen has been a strong advocate for education reforms to increase high school standards in math and science and guarantee effective class sizes without forcing school districts to waste limited dollars.
Laura Howard - Laura was recently named South Carolina Public Charter School District Teacher of the Year for her work at the South Carolina Virtual Charter School. She is a National Board Certified teacher who completed her South Carolina State Mentor Training in 2008. In addition to teaching courses in physical science, biology, chemistry, and physics, Howard assists with the SC State Department of Education’s Program for Alternative Certification (PACE) as an instructor.
John Bailey - John is a Director at Whiteboard Advisors and serves as co-publisher of Education Insider. He specializes in
strategic consulting, policy counsel, and philanthropic advisory services. His expertise includes education, health care, technology, and telecommunications. John has served in a number of Administration positions working on domestic and innovation policy. He most recently served in the White House as part of the President’s Domestic Policy Council. As the nation’s second Director of Educational Technology and Pennsylvania’s first Director of Educational Technology, he launched the development of several initiatives to expand online learning and improve the use of technology and data in education. John was selected by eSchoolNews as one of the 30 most influential leaders in the education technology industry. He is a frequent contributor to the National Journal’s “Education Experts” blog and cited in the LA Times, Education Week, NPR, and The Atlantic. (digitallearningnow.com/)