Fulfilling the Promise of Education Technology

Friday, May 9, 2014
8:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Technology is playing a large — and increasing — role in American education. At the same, credible evaluations find scant evidence that technology on its own, whether in the form of SMART boards or individual computers, generates any improvement in student performance. Could we be making a mistake by focusing on technology rather than carefully considering what problems the technology is meant to solve?

This half-day meeting brought together leaders from the New York City education community to participate in a discussion led by cutting-edge thinkers who distinguish themselves in the vast field of ed tech by having thought hard about the underlying science of education, and by having considered how it might fit with technological applications. They all are education experts first and technologists second, with experience integrating technologies into educational settings.

This event is by invitation only. Executive directors who would like to attend future Social Enterprise Leadership Forums can contact [email protected].


8:00–8:25 a.m.

Breakfast and Registration

8:25–8:30 a.m. 

Welcome and Introductions

  • Ray Fisman
    Lambert Family Professor of Social Enterprise
    Co-director, Tamer Center for Social Enterprise
    Columbia Business School
8:30–9:30 a.m.

Computing and the Science of the Individual

9:30–10:30 a.m.

The Role of Technology in Teacher Development

10:30–11:00 a.m.

Coffee Break

11:00 –12:00 p.m.

Getting Teachers, Parents, and Technology Working Together for Student Learning

12:00–12:30 p.m.

What We've Learned (and Need to Learn) About Education Technology

12:30 –1:30 p.m.

Working Lunch


Research Report

Download the report here.