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Thursday, October 17


International Cultural Exchange: Making Virtual a Reality, Room 317
Join us for a session presented by a pair of middle school teachers — one from the San Francisco Bay Area and one from Johannesburg, South Africa. They united to create authentic, curriculum-based opportunities for their students, who participated in a 3-part, virtual exchange. Leveraging emerging technologies, they connected 70 students separated by a time difference of 9 hours and a distance of over 10,000 miles to forge new partnerships, exchange ideas, and analyze literature. Students also gave and received valuable and relevant feedback from partners on their creative writing. Session participants will hear from both the teachers and the students.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Brooke Tucker

MS Language Arts/ELL Teacher and Grade 7 Team Lead, American International School of Johannesburg, South Africa
Educator Brooke Tucker has 20 years’ experience as a Spanish, English and ELL teacher. Originally hailing from Colorado where she studied Spanish and English Literature at the University of Denver, she began her teaching journey in the snow country of Japan. There, Brooke taught... Read More →
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Jennifer Perry

Upper and Middle School Writing and Humanities Teacher, The Nueva School
Nueva writing teacher Jennifer Perry is an educator with twenty-plus years of wide-ranging experience teaching students in public and independent schools at middle school, high school, and university levels. A native Delawarean, she studied history and English at the University of... Read More →

Thursday October 17, 2019 10:10am - 11:10am
Nueva San Mateo Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403


Innovation for Everyone: Why Providing Access to Tech to Everyone is a Critical Civil Rights Issue of our Era, Room 243
Since 2014, StreetCode Academy has been addressing the extreme underrepresentation of black and brown innovators in the tech and innovation economy by offering free, high-touch, high-quality coding, entrepreneurship, and design classes in East Palo Alto and surrounding communities of color. Addressing access to high-quality, culturally relevant, effective innovation environments is important because tech and innovation are the engines of economic growth, and, according to Stanford Professor Raj Chetty, there are "Lost Einsteins" — largely black and brown kids — who are being left out of this economy. According to his research, if these Lost Einsteins were exposed to technology at the same rates as their white counterparts, we would have four times as many inventors, benefitting not just America today, but the future of our world. Rev. Jesse Jackson calls tech inclusion the “biggest civil rights issue of our era.” As we transition from an industrial economy to an innovation one, the technology industry must become more inclusive. Latino and Black employees make up less than 3% of large tech companies’ workforce. This session will discuss how to participate in the movement to address the absence of innovators of color in tech and find the next generation of innovation leaders.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Olatunde Sobomehin

CEO/Lead Servant, StreetCode Academy
Tunde has a lifelong commitment to youth and social entrepreneurship. He is the founding CEO of StreetCode Academy, a community-based innovation hub that provides free technology training in coding, entrepreneurship, and design. He has taught public speaking at LPFI’s Summer Math... Read More →
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Zanette Johnson

Director of Research & Program Design, StreetCode Academy
Since 2014, StreetCode Academy has been addressing the extreme underrepresentation of black and brown innovators in the innovation economy by offering free, high-touch, high-quality coding, entrepreneurship, and design classes in East Palo Alto and surrounding communities of color.Addressing... Read More →

Thursday October 17, 2019 11:20am - 12:20pm
Nueva San Mateo Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403


Moving Maths, Room 1103
An exploration of the emotional side of mathematics, and how it affects the way we discuss and teach it. We'll explore how the use of dynamic (moving) software (like Geogebra and/or Desmos) can fundamentally change the way we think about the subject. Expect some old classics — and some new surprises. May contain live music!

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Ben Sparks

Mathematician, Musician, Teacher & Speaker
Ben is a mathematician, musician, and public speaker. For 10 years he taught mathematics to pupils aged 11–18 in the UK. Now he gives math talks, workshops, and teacher training around the world.He is excited about mathematics education and about sharing the humanity and excitement... Read More →

Thursday October 17, 2019 11:20am - 11:20pm
Nueva San Mateo Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403


Interdisciplinary Possibilities with K-12 Computer Science, Library
This session will share an overview and lessons learned from schools that teach K–12 computer science with a focus on the idea of programming as a fluency to explore in all subjects (philosophy, literature, history, science, art, etc). If we can use code across subjects, then we will more fully realize the computer science possibilities in K–12 education. This session will include a hands-on session where participants will have time to work individually or collaboratively on a project with support from the presenters. Beginners are welcome!

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Lora Saarnio

Lower School Math and Computer Science Specialist, The Nueva School
Lora Saarnio has taught K-12 humanities, math and science. She previously taught high school English and middle school math and science; currently, she works with students in Grades 1-5 as a Math and Computer Science Specialist at The Nueva School. Lora is also Director Emerita of... Read More →
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Michael Olaya

CEO, Dexter
Engineer by training, educator by practice. Cofounder and CEO of Dexter. My projects range from aquaponics and lucid dreaming to modular housing and 3-D printed glasses — and everything in between.
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Saber Khan

Education Community Director, Processing Foundation
Saber Khan is a Bengali-American educator based in New York City. He is a veteran K–12 educator with over 15 years of experience teaching math, science, and computer science in public and private middle and high schools. Currently, he teaches multiple introductory and advanced computer... Read More →

Thursday October 17, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010
Friday, October 18


Achieving CSforALL through the Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC)
At a time when computing is so much a part of all of our lives, offers incredible job opportunities, and is so empowering, most students graduate high school without having had any introduction to computer science. A decade ago, the CSforALL movement was launched in the United States to broaden participation in computing to those traditionally underrepresented. This talk reflects on the current state of that initiative and introduces the "Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC)" course, which has received worldwide attention and in the spring of 2018 had 65% female enrollment at UC Berkeley, among the highest in the nation.

Friday Slate
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Dan Garcia

Teaching Professor, University of California Berkeley
Dan Garcia (UC Berkeley MS 1995, PhD 2000) is a teaching professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at UC Berkeley. Selected as an ACM Distinguished Educator in 2012, he has won all four of the department's computer science teaching awards and holds the... Read More →

Friday October 18, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Room 1206


Artificial Intelligence: A Deeply Human Pursuit
Artifical Intelligence (AI) is emerging as a driving force of seismic technological and societal changes in 21st century. While this technology is still nascent and undergoing constant changes, the human and societal impacts are already unfolding. In this talk, Dr. Fei-Fei Li examines the critical issues of AI today and argues for a new framework of AI research, education and policy thinking, termed Human-Centered AI.

Friday Slate
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Fei-Fei Li

Co-Director, Human-Centered AI Institute and Vision and Learning Lab, Stanford University
Dr. Fei-Fei Li is the inaugural Sequoia Professor in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University and co-director of Stanford’s Human-Centered AI Institute. She has served as the director of Stanford’s AI Lab, vice president at Google, and chief scientist of AI/ML at... Read More →

Friday October 18, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am


Advancing the Whole Learner
Too often, our work with learners ends up focusing on just one dimension at a time. Yet we know from learning and development science that many dimensions, including identity, social and emotional capacities, cognitive skills, even physical and mental wellness, are tied together with academic development — and vice versa. We’ll talk about some of what we know about these interconnections for helping students to start, persist, and put mental effort into their learning, and what we can practically do to help educators and students succeed.

Friday Slate
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Bror Saxberg

Vice President, Learning Sciences, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
As vice president of Learning Science, Bror Saxberg is responsible for CZI’s thinking about how to expand and apply learning science results and good learning measurement practice at scale to real-world learning situations across the full span of learning—PreK, K–16, and beyond... Read More →

Friday October 18, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Room 217


Empowering Learners to Solve Problems in Their Communities Using AI-Technologies
Classrooms today are no strangers to coding, or even robotics, but few teach artificial intelligence ― a technology increasingly applied across almost every industry. STEM education nonprofit Iridescent teamed up with leading AI corporations and researchers to produce a curriculum demystifying AI for youth, teaching them how AI can be used for good in the world. Using simple materials, lessons can be adapted for various grade levels or even done by families at home.

Friday Slate
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Tara Chklovski

Founder & CEO, Technovation
Tara Chklovski is the Founder and CEO of Technovation, a global engineering and technology education nonprofit. Technovation supports low-income community members (especially girls and mothers) to solve local problems using engineering and technology tools. Over the past 13 years... Read More →

Friday October 18, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
Room 1105


Understanding Learner Variability and How to Support It
Research is showing that people vary significantly in how they learn best. Everybody has what is called a jagged profile. But which "jags" matter? Educators should seek to understand learner variability in order to support all students. Vic will share a whole-child framework and supporting open-source tools developed with the world’s top learning scientists along with instructional and design strategies. When you bring a mindset of learner variability to teaching and learning, you don't see student problems — you see design challenges.

Friday Slate
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Vic Vuchic

Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director Learner Variability Project, Digital Promise Global
Vic is a seasoned thought leader in education technology and philanthropy. He is an expert in learning science, innovation, and scaling what works and has launched game-changing initiatives that have increased access to education and improved learning for tens of millions of learners... Read More →

Friday October 18, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
Room 318-19


Digital Citizenship to Promote Digital Well-Being
Information technology holds great promise for transforming education — the use of digital devices, courseware, apps, games, and websites in the classroom has significant potential for personalized learning, new and innovative activities, and enhanced home-school connections. But with this power come behavioral and ethical issues, both in schools and at home: privacy violations, hate speech, new permutations of cyberbullying, fake news, digital addiction, FOMO (“fear of missing out”), rising anxiety levels, and mental health issues. In 2019, Common Sense updated its K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum — co-developed with the Project Zero team at the Harvard Graduate School of Education — to help educators address the digital dilemmas students are facing today. Linda Burch will share some key components of the curriculum to help educators teach digital citizenship as a means to promote healthy tech use.

Friday Slate
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Linda Burch

Co-Founder and Chief Education and Strategy Officer, Common Sense Media
Linda Burch is a Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Common Sense Media, the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families thrive in today's complicated digital world. Linda leads Common Sense’s strategy and development efforts and oversees its regional... Read More →

Friday October 18, 2019 10:50am - 11:50am
Room 346


Designing with Blockchain for Educators
What is blockchain? How is it relevant to our education systems? Can anyone build with blockchain (yes!)? Like a camera for a photo, a hammer for a nail, or a tweezer for an eyebrow, blockchain is a tool for a system. Peel back the hype about cryptocurrency and you find computer code that has the potential to reshape many of the systems in our lives. In this 90-minute experiential workshop, you’ll build a blockchain and consider the implications for education.

If we want tech, and the products, services, and systems it’s intertwined with, to represent all of us, to work for all of us, it must be designed by all of us. We want to provide radical access to emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and blockchain. We want people of all ages, races, professions, and genders to be able to use tech as a medium in their work.

If we want the education systems of the future to work for all of us, we need to understand blockchain. All are welcome! No experience with blockchain, code, or design is necessary. 

Friday Slate
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Carissa Carter

Director of Teaching + Learning, Stanford d.school
Carissa Carter is the director of teaching and learning at the Stanford d.school. In this role she guides the development of the d.school’s pedagogy, leads its instructors, and shapes its class offerings. She teaches courses on the intersection of data and design, designing with... Read More →

Friday October 18, 2019 10:50am - 12:20pm
Room 1105


Launching Innovation in Schools
The very best schools in America actually look quite different from one another: they embrace different pedagogical models, have different curricula, and organize using different structures. What they have in common is that they are really good at getting better. Creating a great school isn't about choosing the one right system, it's about getting one system right. In this presentation, MIT professor Justin Reich will share some core ideas from schools that are really good at getting better and offering insights into the blocking and tackling of launching innovation in schools. Participants can follow up the session by enrolling in the free MOOC on MITx, Launching Innovation in Schools, co-taught by MIT Sloan lecturer Peter Senge. 

Friday Slate
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Justin Reich

Mitsui Career Development Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Justin Reich is an educational researcher interested in the future of learning in a networked world. He is an assistant professor in the comparative media studies/writing department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a faculty associate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet... Read More →

Friday October 18, 2019 12:40pm - 1:40pm
Room 1105


The Cognition Crisis: Perils and Promise of Tech and the Brain
A fundamental challenge of society is the development of approaches to enhance cognition in both the healthy and impaired. For the healthy, this should be a core mission of our educational system, and for the cognitively impaired it is a major goal of our mental health care system. Unfortunately, neither of these systems has effectively met this challenge. I have come to believe that we are experiencing an emerging global cognition crisis (widespread deficits of attention, emotional regulation, decision making, empathy, compassion…). While it seems clear that technology has aggravated this crisis, it also offers a potential solution. I will describe a novel approach developed in our research center at UCSF — Neuroscape — that uses custom-designed, closed-loop video games to achieve meaningful and sustainable cognitive enhancement. I will also share with you the next stage of our efforts, which integrate closed-loop video games with the latest technological innovations in software and hardware, including virtual reality, motion capture, physiological wearable, artificial intelligence, and non-invasive brain stimulation. We need to be creative in how we address this grand challenge of enhancing human cognition.

Friday Slate
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Adam Gazzaley

Founder & Executive Director, Neuroscape; Professor, Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry, University of California San Francisco
Dr. Adam Gazzaley obtained an MD and a PhD in neuroscience at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, completed neurology residency at the University of Pennsylvania, and had postdoctoral training in cognitive neuroscience at UC Berkeley. He is now the David Dolby Distinguished... Read More →

Friday October 18, 2019 12:40pm - 1:40pm
Room 316-317


Personal Data and the Need for Privacy
Will you be targeted with fake news in the 2020 election campaign? Inappropriate use of personal data demonstrates that privacy is the new security. Innovations in technology, low-cost storage and processing, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things — all these are driving the “data age.” They represent a few of the reasons why students need to understand that their personal data has tremendous value and needs to be protected just like any other valuable asset. The right to privacy is becoming one of the hottest topics around the globe, and governments are trying to put controls in place to protect consumers. Europe legislated in 2018 and the California Consumer Privacy Act is due to take effect in 2020. Are we truly aware of the consequences of personal information being collected? We will discuss this from a professional perspective — as well as my personal experience of being part of a data breach — and we will examine some of the considerations and protections we should all take when granting access to our personal information.

Friday Slate
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Tony Anscombe

Global Security Evangelist, ESET
Tony Anscombe is the global security evangelist for ESET. With over 20 years of security industry experience, Anscombe is an established author, blogger, and speaker on the current threat landscape, security technologies and products, data protection, privacy and trust, and internet... Read More →

Friday October 18, 2019 1:50pm - 2:50pm
Room 346


Experience on Demand: How VR Can (and Cannot) Transform Learning
This talk will give a brief overview on the current state of VR, in terms of the technology and overall use, before delving into how VR relates to learning. In particular I will focus on the "Reverse Field Trip" model of VR, and how in the next few years VR won't be replacing classrooms but augmenting them. I will discuss recent studies on how VR can facilitate learning transfer, provide new tools for assessment, and provide unique motivation for engagement. At the same time, I will discuss the limitations and downsides of VR as it relates to learning.

Friday Slate
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Jeremy Bailenson

Professor of Communication; Founding Director, Virtual Human Interaction Lab, Stanford University
Jeremy Bailenson is founding director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, a professor in the Department of Communication at Stanford, a senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, faculty director of Stanford’s Digital Learning Forum, and a faculty leader at Stanford’s Center for Longevity.Bailenson’s main area of interest is the phenome... Read More →

Friday October 18, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 1204