This talk describes how we can transform education to prepare students with the skills they need for a global, knowledge-based, innovation-centered economy. The array of social media for students to create and share knowledge is rapidly expanding. In addition, virtual worlds, augmented realities, and mobile devices pervade the lives of youth outside of academic settings. We can build on these media to improve our teaching, assessment, and links between schools and communities. Ultimately, all this empowers us to personalize learning to each student, both in and out of the classroom.
<p>Chris Dede is the Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies at Harvard University. His fields of scholarship include emerging technologies, policy, and leadership. His funded research includes grants to design and study immersive simulations, transformed social interactions, and online professional development. In 2007, he was honored by Harvard University as an outstanding teacher, and in 2011 he was named a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association. He is currently serving as a Visting Expert at the US National Science Foundation.<br /><br />Chris has served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Foundations of Educational and Psychological Assessment and a member of the 2010 National Educational Technology Plan Technical Working Group. His books include Scaling Up Success: Lessons Learned from Technology-based Educational Improvement, Online Professional Development for Teachers: Emerging Models and Methods, and Digital Teaching Platforms: Customizing Classroom Learning for Each Student.<br /><br /></p>