Classroom Technology Online Summit

Technology & the Pandemic: What’s Next for Schools?

Wed., May 26, 2021, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET
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This online summit will examine the ways in which technology has reshaped K-12 education during COVID-19 and what that means for teaching and learning now, next school year, and beyond.  The pandemic has forced teachers across the country to learn all kinds of new tech skills and integrate them into their instruction, the country has seen an expansion of 1-to-1 computing programs for K-12 students like never before, and valuable lessons were learned about virtual learning and what works and what doesn’t work.   

At the same time, the push to put more technology in the hands of students has exposed huge equity gaps between the tech haves and have nots, regarding access to digital devices and reliable WiFi.  Schools and states have tried to bridge those gaps, but the inequities will persist even once most students and teachers are back in school buildings.  What does that mean for how technology is used in education? 

Education Week has been covering all these developments closely, supplementing our reporting with monthly surveys of educators during the pandemic.  This summit will bring that reporting and survey work together with our featured guests and audience members to tackle issues surrounding this important question: When it comes to the use of technology, what’s next for schools? 

First Time Summit attendee? Learn More about our Summits.


How Pandemic Tech Use Is (Is Not) Transforming K-12 Education

1-to-1 Computing Takes Off: Promise and Perils Ahead

Virtual Learning: What It Should Look Like for 2021-22

Pandemic Lessons Learned About Tech and Better Teaching

Content Provided By Istation

Tech With Staying Power: How Schools Can Get the Most from Blended Learning

Content Provided by Promethean

Reinvigorate Student Engagement Through Technology

Content provided by Microsoft

Learn. Anywhere.

Content Provided by GradeCam

Using Assessments to Identify Learning Loss and Strategize Solutions

Summit Sponsors

Michael K. Barbour
Associate Professor of Instructional Design Touro University California
Barbour is associate professor of instructional design for the College of Education and Health Sciences at Touro University California. He has been involved with K-12 distance, online, and blended learning for over two decades as a researcher, evaluator, teacher, course designer, and administrator. Barbour’s research has focused on the effective design, delivery, and support of K-12 distance, online, and blended learning environments.
Shari L. Camhi
Superintendent of Schools Baldwin Union Free School District
Camhi is the superintendent of schools for the Baldwin Union Free School District located in New York State, as well as the president-elect of AASA (The National Superintendent’s Association), effective July 2021. She is a 2020 Education Week Leader To Learn From for her innovative practices and creativity in K-12 instruction and advocacy work in ensuring educational equity.
Mark Finstrom
Chief Technology Officer Highline Public Schools
Finstrom, who has served as the chief technology officer for the Highline Public Schools in Washington for more than 15 years, helps create strategies to maximize the use of technology to improve digital learning, enhance teaching approaches, and optimize the management of schools in the 18,000-student district. He is also a board member for the Association of Computer Professionals in Education.
Jamie King
Assistant Superintendent for Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Guilford County Schools
King is currently the assistant superintendent for Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development for Guilford County Schools, the 47th largest school district in the nation. He supervises the curriculum, content and professional development that is delivered to the 70,000 students and nearly 10,000 staff members. King began his career 18 years ago as a high school science and math teacher. He spent some time working as educational consultant, where traveled to different school districts and trained staff on instructional technology. He then returned to the K-12 setting where he continued his work as a teacher. King then served as assistant principal before becoming principal at a middle college that served students that had previously dropped out of school or that had a desire to drop out of school. King earned his undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University in Sports Medicine and Biology, his Master of School Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and his Doctorate of Education from High Point University.
Lorrie Owens
Chief Technology Officer San Mateo County Office of Education
Owens is the chief technology officer for the San Mateo County Office of Education. She has served as an educational technology leader for over 26 years; prior to that, she worked for IBM for 14 years. Owens is a member of the Board of Directors for CoSN; a member and past president of CITE, and a member and past chairperson of California’s Technology Steering Committee.
Oscar Rico
IT Director Canutillo Independent School District
Rico is the information technology director for the Canutillo Independent School District in El Paso, Texas. Through his work as a teacher, principal, and director and his research work studying disenfranchised groups, Rico strives to continue the fight to close the education gap. Recently under his leadership, the Canutillo district teamed up with Apple to deliver a 1-to-1 PreK-12 computing initiative and with Cisco and Fluidmesh Technologies to provide a universal Wi-Fi solution to the district.
Kevin Bushweller oversees coverage of educational technology and learning environments for Education Week.
Alyson Klein is an assistant editor for Education Week.
Mark Lieberman is a reporter for Education Week covering technology and online learning.
Sarah Schwartz is a reporter for Education Week who covers curriculum and instruction.

Education Week can provide 1 hour of Professional Development credit for online summits if the educator attends live. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you shortly after the summit has ended. On demand viewing of a summit cannot be used for credit. As with all professional development hours delivered, Education Week recommends each educator verify ahead of the online summit that the content will qualify for professional development in your school, district, county, or state with your supervisor, human resources professional, and/or principal or superintendent’s office.