Karen Cator, the former Director of Education and Leadership at Apple, was just appointed as the US Department of Education’s new head of the Office of Educational Technology.
Combined with the fact that $650MM that has been committed to educational tech by the federal government, this means that she could have a LOT of say about the next generation of educational tech policy in public schools.
What’s exciting about this to me (and why I’m sharing it with all of you) is that the government seems to be getting in line with private educational tech companies’ vision of the future and putting money toward implementing it in schools.
This is a scribd slideshow by Cator about her beliefs about educational tech. Some of the interesting things regarding our work here are her focus on
1) Student experience
2) User-generated content
3) 24-7 access to educational content
4) Communication and collaboration