Microsoft hosts discussion on technology and the future of learning

JK Strategies and Education Superhighway President Jim Kohlenberger moderates the panel discussion with Richard Culatta, U.S. Department of Education; Elizabeth Rorick, National PTA; and Rahul Sandil, Microsoft Studios.

On Sept. 25, the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center hosted a discussion on “Technology & Learning in the 21st Century” in Washington, D.C. as part of our @Microsoft conversation series.

Convening national education advocates, academics, policymakers and industry representatives, the event explored the many ways technology is shifting the learning landscape and the policies needed to enable student growth through education technology.

As students head back to school this year, they also hope to head back to the future of learning. Federal programs and policies such as E-rate and the ConnectED Initiative are bringing the promise of technology in education to the nation’s most disadvantaged communities so that all students have access to the same opportunities.

Throughout the event, education experts emphasized the importance of collaboration and dialogue among different education players and influentials and the potential of technology to address critical education issues in transformative and unique ways. Panelists included: Richard Culatta, director of the Office of Education Technology, U.S. Department of Education; Elizabeth Rorick, deputy executive director of government affairs and communications, National PTA; and Rahul Sandil, head of customer acquisition and engagement, Microsoft Studios. Microsoft’s Director of Education Policy and Programs Allyson Knox provided introductory remarks and JK Strategies President Jim Kohlenberger moderated the discussion.

Microsoft in Education is constantly working to bring the benefits of technology to the classroom. At Microsoft, we aim to use technology to help improve education and create opportunities to raise living standards for people around the world. We believe an excellent education is a basic right, a social imperative and that technology can accelerate insight and impact. We are focused on empowering school leaders so they can transform education, supporting educators so they can inspire students and providing students with technology today, so they can build the technology of tomorrow.

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