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Ed Tech for the Whole Child: Tech that nurtures the learner

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Location: MCCNO Room 293-4
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Dr. Temple Lovelace  
Dr. David Miyashiro  
Dr. Joseph South  
Dr. Bo Thomsen  

Addressing the whole child considers the complexity of development that spans across multiple domains of learning, including social and emotional development, identity development, physical well-being, mental wellness, cognitive development, ethical and moral development, and academic development. Yet much of the technology we use in classrooms only accounts for a fraction of a child’s developmental needs. How would our technology solutions need to be different to nurture the learner as well as the learning? Join us to learn more!

Audience: Coaches, Principals/head teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Innovative learning environments
ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Ensure all students have access to the technology and connectivity necessary to participate in authentic and engaging learning opportunities.
Empowering Leader
  • Support educators in using technology to advance learning that meets the diverse learning, cultural, and social-emotional needs of individual students.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Learning technology is often associated with an all-powerful algorithm that knows exactly what bits of knowledge a child needs to know and when they need to know it, leading to an isolating, passive view of technology-powered learning. But modern learning theory and recent advances in neuroscience supports the notion that learning is relational at its core, and that learning is best when the body, the mind, and the heart are all engaged in a supportive community of other learners and mentors working together to explore and solve problems that are relevant to their interests and aspirations.

In this session, we will discuss how we can build our technology systems differently to support relational learning. What is the role of play? How do we design assessments differently to account for the whole child? How do you scale up an approach to learning that accounts for the interests of every single child? What is role of purpose-driven expertise? And how can technology bring us closer together in human-centered, learning relationships rather than isolating us in front of a screen?

For those who participate in this session, we anticipate the following outcomes:

• Explore the relationship between a child’s wellbeing, developmental relationships with others, the keys to motivation and engagement, and their academic growth
• Gain new ideas, framings, and ways of thinking about designing and implementing educational technology solutions that better align to whole child learning
• Explore some examples of technology solutions that represent integrated solutions for developing the whole child



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Dr. Temple Lovelace, Advanced Education Rsch & Dev Fund
Dr. David Miyashiro, Cajon Valley Union School District

Dr. David Miyashiro is a forward-thinking, award-winning education leader with a 20-year career spent revolutionizing learning approaches, education models, and school district capabilities in Southern California. As a digital pioneer, he has navigated districts into the hi-tech era, delivering numerous innovation “firsts,” for which he has garnered professional honors. Those include Superintendent of the Year and recognition from the White House and U.S. Department of Education as one of the “Top 35 District Leaders in Personalized Learning.”

Dr. Joseph South, ISTE

Joseph South is a national educational technology leader focused on evidence-based learning transformation. He presently serves as the chief learning officer at ISTE. He formerly served as director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. In this role he advised the Secretary of Education, developed national educational technology policy, formed public-private partnerships to assist state and local education leaders in transitioning to digital learning, helped school districts expand the use of openly licensed educational resources (OERs), and collaborated to nurture a robust ecosystem of edtech entrepreneurs and innovators.

Dr. Bo Thomsen, The LEGO Foundation

Dr. Bo Stjerne Thomsen is the Chair of Learning Through Play, and member of the Executive Leadership Team at the LEGO Foundation. As senior expert on how children learn through play, he provides consultation at a bilateral, regional and multilateral level to international partners and leaders. Dr. Thomsen was an awarded architect, robot designer and elite researcher at the MIT Media Lab. He is a visiting scholar at Harvard University and a frequent contributor and advisor to international forums like OECD, WISE, UNGA and WEF, to bring attention to the quality of childhood and the power of learning through play.

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