State Department hosts conference on education and technology

Posted on Monday, 11/2904/2013 4:30 PM

Tablet computers, student software and social media are among the different types of technology that have made an impact on learning in recent years. The effects have been tremendous, and there is no doubt that new technology will continue to shape the American education sector in the coming years.

To inform people outside of the education field and highlight the role technology-infused instruction can have on the country's prosperity, the U.S. Department of State will host the Tech@State: EdTech conference Nov. 1.

Inside the event
Representatives from academic institutions, nonprofits, international organizations and the U.S. government will come together at George Washington University to cover technological developments in the education sector. Individuals don't need to be in attendance to be a part of it, as events will be streamed online, while frequent updates will appear on Twitter.

The conference will kick off with a speech from Evan Ryan, assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs. He will be followed by the event's keynote talk by Coursera President Lila Ibrahim, who will talk about massive open online courses, or MOOCs.

In addition to MOOCs, which have become quite popular among adults with a reliable Internet connection and a thirst for knowledge, Tech@State will focus on several other topics, such as mobile education, connecting classrooms, open education resources and games that promote learning.

Technology's role in national security
The time students dedicate to using technology in the classroom could have long-term - and very positive - benefits to them and their level of comfort with it. This is essential, as today's children will be expected to use technology later in life, whether they are in higher education settings or the workforce. This is just one reason why the Common Core State Standards, which place a focus on the use of technology, are considered to be so important.

Students who are comfortable using technology at a young age may also be more willing to pursue careers that require an interest in all things technological. For example, those who are passionate about technology and keeping their country safe could join the nation's cybersecurity efforts.

"The ability to use technology safely and securely is a fundamental life skill in the 21st Century," said Michael Kaiser, executive director of National Cyber Security Alliance, in a press release. "Since the Internet plays such a large role in modern America - from protecting critical infrastructure to creating jobs - each of us has a responsibility to continuously implement online safety best-practices."




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