In this newest Virtual Field trip, students will learn the next Tech for Global Good Laureate – the 2020 Technology Leaders for International Education. The Tech is made up of four groundbreaking leaders who are thinking of reinventing technology in the education sector.
Katrina Stevens is President and CEO of New College of Florida. She has previously served as VP of education and strategic planning for IT consulting firm Capstone Consulting where she led the integration of school systems and academic and business practices. She has a bachelor of science in education from Florida International University and a Master of Science in educational technology with a specialty in instructional technologies and student-centered learning from Florida International University.
The four Tech laureates are Andrew Chang, Ph.D.; Jason Johnson, Ph.D.; John Hensel, Ph.D.; and Mark Sanchez, PhD. Each of them brings a unique perspective on how technology can impact the educational environment.
In the case of Dr. Hensel, he has a Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford. In the case of Dr. Chang, he has a Masters of Engineering in engineering policy from Harvard University, and a doctorate in information science from Stanford. Dr. Johnson is an associate professor of computer science at the University of California in Santa Barbara; and he was the chief scientist at Microsoft Research before his appointment to the U.S. Department of Education.
According to Katrina Stevens, the Tech members are all at different points in their career, and some may not fit her vision. But one thing is clear. They all “believe in the importance of empowering kids with information and technology”. And that’s just the beginning. What’s interesting to note is that they have taken it upon themselves to make it happen for the Department of Education.
It is a very inspiring movie, and this Tech for Global Giver team is leading the way. Students will come away knowing that this field is not only important to the United States of America, but also to the whole world. It is a big job and there are a lot of challenges ahead of us, but with the leadership of these four brilliant folks, this is the future of technology education.
I’ve been a member of the Education Commission of International Affairs (ECA) of The United Nations in Geneva since 2020, and I look forward to being a member of The United States Council for Technology Cooperation (USTC) when Katrina Stevens is elected President. In fact, she has already been elected to that post.
Department of Education
If we don’t have this kind of an agency for educating students, then what will we teach them at all? It seems to me that this Tech for Global Giver team, and the Department of Education in general, are about much more than education.
One wonders if, when it comes to teaching technology to students, is the Department of Education doing what’s best for its students or what’s best for the tech industry? Please consider all this. In fact, I hope you will please consider all this.