How COVID-19 Accelerated the Digital Transformation of Education
Listen and learn : Panel
Friday, December 4, 2:00–2:45 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)
Ivan Casanova Ciera Cueva-Leidheisl Hardeep Gulati Kimberly Nidy Dr. Donald Robertson Tracy Smith Dr. Akilah Willery
PowerSchool CEO Hardeep Gulati brings together some of the nation’s top education leaders to discuss how the pandemic has dramatically accelerated the digital transformation in education. Together, they’ll discuss how they are addressing challenges through these times and the path ahead as they navigate the current school year and beyond.
|Audience:||Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Principals/head teachers|
|Attendee devices:||Devices useful|
|Attendee device specification:||Smartphone: Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
|Participant accounts, software and other materials:||Access to the internet.
Twitter app and free account.
|ISTE Standards:||For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
|Related exhibitors:||PowerSchool Group LLC|
In March, the COVID pandemic forced school buildings to close impacting learning for 55 million students in just the US alone. Overnight, hundreds of thousands of districts made the shift to distance learning, rapidly accelerating the digital transformation and adoption of technology in schools. While it has been a challenging time, educators have made inspiring and drastic shifts to support students in new ways, and parents, teachers and students have stepped up to keep the learning going in our homes. Panelists will discuss how the education community has come together to keep the learning going in these difficult times. Attendees will hear from educators including technology and district leaders how each are tackling challenges through these times, and how technology can help with the path ahead as we prepare for the upcoming school year and beyond.
Moderator Introduces himself, then panelists
Dream Big - how will education change for the better after COVID-19?
Audience Challenge - Closing Statements
Prior to the session and during its opening minutes participants will be encouraged to post questions and challenges to twitter using a unique hashtag. The moderator and those supporting him will review these to select the "Audience Question" and "Audience Challenge" topics for use in our livestream.
Panelists will be encouraged to prepare some thoughts ahead of time using the session description as the prompt.
As this session is a fast-paced Q&A-style panel, research to support the topics addressed will be added post-session to a dedicated website at www.powerschool.com/iste-2020 and possibly other panelists' sites as well.
After teaching business and technology for 20 years, Kimberly left the classroom and has served at the district level as an Innovation Specialist, Director of Instruction, and now Director of Technology. These roles have allowed her to work in the areas of defining and implementing innovative initiatives that support teaching and learning. In 2014, Kimberly conceptualized, co-authored, and won a $4.6 million Straight A Grant from the State of Ohio that supported active learning. Kimberly is married and has three children. She has a Master’s in Educational Leadership and is a board member for JA North Central Ohio.
Experienced and effective educational leader focused on personalized learning opportunities that allow learners to reach their full potential. Tracy is a creative problem solver with a strong background in both instructional and information technologies. In 2019 she was awarded the Collaborative Leadership Award by the National School Development Council and in 2020 was named a Lehigh Valley Women of Influence for her work in raising awareness about equity issues including the digital divide and early childhood literacy.