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Tuesday May 17 – Friday May 20, 2022, via Zoom


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ABOUT THE RETREAT

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Children and Screens is hosting a groundbreaking, virtual research and education retreat on Education Technology and Virtual Learning from Tuesday May 17 through Friday May 20. The Education Technology and Virtual Learning Retreat will address compelling and critical questions about education technology use both inside and outside of the classroom, as well as what we’ve learned and what we need to know in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope to elucidate how education technology is shaping teaching practices and learning experiences, its efficacy, and broad impacts on student outcomes - with an emphasis on where to go from here.

Join us for small-group conversations with teachers, administrators, policymakers, child developmentalists and others on how to solve some of the perplexing problems that face our education system in a highly digital world.

Through this interdisciplinary retreat, we will:

  • Discuss and advance the state of the science regarding the use of digital technology in education - within the classroom and at home.
  • Clarify its challenges, successes, and implications for education, research, and policy
  • Collaborate on the following post-retreat deliverables, according to your role:
    • Future research agenda in this area
    • Resource for educators, administrators, parents and policymakers (see next line)
    • Policy brief to promote sound legislation to improve educational outcomes
  • Provide a forum to discuss new interdisciplinary research proposals that will be funded by $100K–$300K seed grants from Children and Screens

Key retreat topics include:

  • The past, present, and future of edtech and virtual learning
  • Student learning experience and outcomes
  • Impacts to students’ cognitive, social-emotional, and physical well-being
  • Teacher and administrator experiences and challenges
  • Digital divides and access
  • Student data and privacy
  • Edtech legislation and policy
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AGENDA

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We expect around 100 participants over the course of the 4 day virtual retreat. Prerecorded speaker presentations will be provided to participants in advance and retreat sessions will center around live commentary, Q&A, and small breakout room discussions.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

10am-1pm ET

FOCUS

What is the experience of teachers and administrators with education technology and virtual learning? What do researchers need to know?

Discussant Commentary and Q&A
What do we know about Education Technology (i.e., uses, efficacy, etc.) in the classroom?

Breakout Session
Experiences with education technology in the classroom by age

Discussant Commentary and Q&A
What do we know about virtual learning during the Covid-19 pandemic?

Breakout Session
Experiences with virtual learning by age

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

10am-1pm ET

FOCUS

What is the experience of students with education technology and virtual learning?

What do researchers need to know?

Discussant Commentary and Q&A
What are students’ experiences with education technology and virtual learning?

Breakout Session
Student experiences by age

Discussant Commentary and Q&A
What are the cognitive, psychosocial-emotional, and physical impacts of everyday education technology and virtual learning?

Breakout Session
Cognitive, psychosocial-emotional, physical impacts by age

Thursday, May 19, 2022

1pm-4pm ET
FOCUS

What do teachers and administrators need to know about the future of educational technology and virtual learning?

What are the best practices?

Breakout Session
Best practices for teaching across subjects at different grade levels

Discussant Commentary and Q&A
What does the future of education technology and virtual learning  look like? What new technologies can we expect and where do we go from here?

Breakout Session
The future of education technology and virtual learning - emerging technologies and where do we go from here - by age

Friday, May 20, 2022

1pm-4pm ET
FOCUS

What are the key policy needs and considerations for education technology and virtual learning moving forward?

Discussant Commentary and Q&A
What regulations or policies are needed to guide the use of education technology in the classroom and during periods of virtual learning?

Breakout Session
Key policy and regulation questions by age

Breakout Session
Key policy and regulation questions by topic

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FEATURED GUESTS

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Elizabeth Albro, PhD
Commissioner of Education Research at
the Institute of Education Sciences (IES),
U.S. Department of Education

Justin Reich, PhD
Teaching Systems Lab, MIT

Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, PhD
Stanley and Deborah Lefkowitz
Professor of Psychology
Temple University

Carolyn Heinrich, PhD
Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of
Public Policy, Education and Economics
Vanderbilt University

Dimitri Christakis, MD, MPH
Director of the Center for Child Health,
Behavior and Development at Seattle
Children's Research Institute,
Editor-in-Chief, JAMA Pediatrics

Joe Clement and Matt Miles
Teachers and authors of Screen Schooled

Naomi Baron, PhD
Professor Emerita, Linguistics,
America University

Velislava Hillman, PhD
Founder, EDDS, Fellow, The London
School of Economics and Political Science

Kristen Turner, PhD
Professor and Director of Teacher
Education
Drew University

Tessa Jolls
CEO and President,
Center for Media Literacy

Christina Conolly-Chester, PsyD, NCSP
Director, Division of Psychological Services,
Montgomery County Public Schools

Victoria Dunckley, MD
Integrative Child, Adolescent & Adult
Psychiatry, Westside Los Angeles

Troy Hicks, PhD
Professor of English and Education,
Central Michigan University

Beth Holland, EdD
Partner, Research and Measurement,
The Learning Accelerator

Amelia Vance, JD
Founder and President,
Public Interest Privacy

Joseph DiNapoli, PhD
Department of Mathematics,
Montclair State University

Kelley Brill, MS
Teacher and Curriculum Developer,
Winston Family Initiative in Technology
and Adolescent Brain Development

Lauren Hale, PhD
Professor of Family, Population and
Preventive Medicine,
Program in Public Health,
Stony Brook University

Travis Saunders, PhD
Associate Professo of
Applied Human Sciences,
University of Prince Edward Island

Heather Kirkorian, PhD
Associate Professor and Laura M. Secord
Chair in Early Childhood Development,
University of Wisconsin-Madison

John Ewing, PhD
President, Math for America

Ellen Wartella, PhD
Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani
Professor of Communication;
Professor of Psychology;
Professor of Human Development
and Social Policy,
Northwestern University

Natalia Kucirkova, PhD
Professor of Reading and
Early Childhood Development,
University of Stavanger

Criscillia Benford, PhD
Pier Consulting Group,
Stanford Continuing Studies

Chip Donohue, PhD
Founding Director of Technology in Early
Childhood Center,
Erikson Institute

Carrie James, PhD
Senior Research Associate, Project Zero,
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Fran Blumberg, PhD
Professor, Division of Psychological
and Educational Services,
Fordham University

 

and many more!

 

If you are interested in attending the retreat and you are a teacher, administrator, principal, IT specialist, researcher, government agency, or other stakeholder, please fill out this form.

 

Register Here