Education First Compact Monthly Speaker Series: Are Robots Teaching Our Kids? The Role of Education Technology in the Classroom, Nov. 7

Posted by Philadelphia Education Fund on November 5, 2019

Date and Time: November 7, 2019, 7:45-10:00 AM

Location: Philadelphia Education Fund, 718 Arch St., Suite 700N, Philadelphia, PA 19106

It is estimated that 75% of American classrooms employ some form of education technology. Advocates of ed tech argue that such advances offer valuable support for differentiated instruction, extend a school’s capacity to offer advanced and specialized instruction, or aid schools and educators in real-time assessment of student growth and proficiency.

Others caution that ed tech poses risks for student privacy, is an inadequate substitute for teacher-led instruction, and whatever gains may be realized are insufficient to outweigh risks. One’s perspective on the matter aside, one thing is certain – as an industry, Ed Tech is growing, expanding, and increasingly being adopted by schools, educators, and districts.

At our November Ed Compact, come to learn more about current trends in education technology. Hear from local leaders working to guide student-centered ed tech entrepreneurship and charged with weighing the pros and cons of their adoption.


  • Fran Newberg, Deputy Chief, Office of Educational Technology,School District of Philadelphia
  • Diane Castelbuono, Deputy Chief, Early Childhood Education, School District of Philadelphia
  • Betty Chandy, Director for Online Learning, Catalyst @ Penn GSE, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania
Q&A MODERATOR: Farah Jimenez, President and CEO, Philadelphia Education Fund
FREE Breakfast and Registration. RSVPs are required. Space is limited.
Program Schedule:
* 7:45 – 8:00am Breakfast & Networking
* 8:00 – 9:30am Program
* 9:30 – 10:00am Q&A


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