Education Department’s Director of the Office of Educational Technology to Give Keynote Address at 2011 Sandbox Summit at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Director of the Office of Educational Technology Karen Cator will give the keynote address at the second annual SandBox Summit on Thursday, April 28 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)* in Cambridge, Mass. Cator will provide an interactive overview of the National Education Technology Plan (NETP) and give a from-the-trenches perspective of the actions that are needed to implement the plan, as well as discuss any perceived barriers to the plan’s adoption. The NETP helps articulate a vision for a 21st century model of learning, and empowering all students with technology is central to that vision.

The Sandbox Summit® is a series of conferences designed to address how technology affects the ways kids play, learn, and connect. The goal of Sandbox Summit® is to ensure that the next generation of players becomes active innovators rather than passive consumers of technology. Through high-energy panels, hands-on demonstrations, and thought-provoking discussions with industry leaders, journalists, analysts, and educators, Sandbox Summit® brings an added dimension to conversations and conference tables. The theme to the two-day summit is Game Changers: People, Products and Policies That Empower 21st Century Kids. This summit presents a roster of innovators who work to raise the bar to ensure that today’s kids become key players in the 21st century.

*MIT Bartos Theater is on the ground floor of the Wiesner Building on MIT campus (20 Ames Street Building E15, Atrium level). The Wiesner Building is on the eastern edge of the MIT Campus, close to Kendall Square, Memorial Drive, and the Longfellow Bridge.