Category Archives: Digital Technologies


Middle Grades Math: Why Algebra Matters & How Technology Can Help – Welcome and Overview

Welcome – Muhammed Chaudhry, President & CEO, Silicon Valley Education Foundation
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Overview – David Plank, Executive Director, Policy Analysis for California Education
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Middle Grades Math: Why Algebra Matters & How Technology Can Help

Videos and other materials from our recent conference are now available. The conference was held at Stanford on February 2, 2012. It was hosted by Silicon Valley Education Foundation, Policy Analysis for California Education and NewSchools Venture Fund. We thank our sponsor S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation for making this conference possible.

The conference provided an opportunity for educators and policy-makers to learn about digital tools and resources that can help improve teaching and learning in middle grades math, and to consider the policy changes that California must make to take advantage of these new opportunities. Policy leaders and experts in education technology presented their views on what’s becoming possible with the proliferation of digital technologies in California schools. Keynote speakers included Ted Mitchell from NewSchools Venture Fund, Tarkan Maner from Wyse Technology, and Jeremy Roschelle from SRI.

The conference also featured presentations from companies and organizations that have developed specific digital tools and resources for use in middle school mathematics, including Agile Mind, ALEKS, CFY, CK-12 Foundation, Edmodo, Key Curriculum Press, Mathalicious, Motion Math, Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE), and World Wide Workshop.

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Welcome – Muhammed Chaudhry, President & CEO, Silicon Valley Education Foundation
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Overview – David Plank, Executive Director, Policy Analysis for California Education
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Keynote Address – Dr. Ted Mitchell, President & CEO, NewSchools Venture Fund
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Math Panel
Dr. Charles Weis, Superintendent, Santa Clara County Office of Education (Moderator)
Phil Daro, Senior Fellow, Mathematics of America’s Choice and Co-Director of Tools for Change, University of California at Berkeley
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Dr. Neal Finkelstein, Senior Research Scientist, WestEd
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Dan Meyer, Math Teacher, Apple Distinguished Educator
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Access/Equity Panel
Dr. Tony Monreal, Porterville Unified School District (Moderator)
Manny Barbara, Silicon Valley Education Foundation
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Courtney Cadwell, Teacher, Los Altos School District
John Danner, Rocketship Education
Dr. Matt Rosin, EdSource
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Keynote Address – Tarkan Maner, President & CEO, Wyse Technology
Presentations of Digital Tools
Mike Cassidy, Columnist, San Jose Mercury News (Moderator)
Agile Mind (Presentation)
ALEKS (Presentation)
CFY (Presentation)
CK-12 Foundation (Presentation)
Edmodo (Presentation)
Key Curriculum Press (www.keypress.com/gsp, www.keypress.com/tinkerplots)
Mathalicious (Presentation)
Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE) (Presentation)
Motion Math (Presentation)
World Wide Workshop (World Wide Workshop Foundation, Students Excel as Teachers, Understanding Mathematics)
Keynote Address – Dr. Jeremy Roschelle, Director of the Center for Technology in Learning, SRI International
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Policy Panel
John Fensterwald, Journalist at the Silicon Valley Education Foundation, and Editor and Co-writer of “Thoughts on Public Education in California.”
Dr. Michael Kirst, President, California State Board of Education
Dr. Rick Miller, Superintendent, Riverside Unified School District
Pat Sabo, Teacher and California Teachers Association State Council Member
Gerry Shelton, Vice President of Education Policy, School Innovations and Advocacy
Wrap Up – Muhammed Chaudhry and David Plank