Making the Connection: An Atlantic Forum on Technology and Education

October 16, 2017
Columbus, OH

The introduction of digital tools and content to the classroom promised to bring about an education revolution. Broadband access can bring global resources to the fingertips of students in a rural town. Data and devices can allow teachers to closely tailor their curriculum to individual students’ needs.Technological resources can help prepare students for work in the digital world. Yet in many classrooms across the country, the promised revolution has not yet arrived. What are the next steps for bringing access to technology to all students across Ohio, and what implications will this technology - or the lack thereof - have for their education and careers?

In this Atlantic forum, we brought together the leading educators, policymakers, entrepreneurs and innovators working to deliver the promise of technology for Ohio’s students.  

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  • Anika Anthony
    Anika Anthony Associate Professor Department of Educational Studies The Ohio State University
  • Kamau Bobb, PhD
    Kamau Bobb, PhD Senior Director, Constellations Center for Equity in Computing Georgia Institute of Technology
  • State Representative Kristin Boggs (D-OH)
    State Representative Kristin Boggs (D-OH)
  • Lisa M. Chambers
    Lisa M. Chambers National Executive Director TECH CORPS
  • Joie Chen
    Joie Chen Journalist and Contributor AtlanticLIVE
  • Steve Clemons
    Steve Clemons Washington Editor at Large The Atlantic
  • Annalies Corbin*
    Annalies Corbin* President, CEO and Founder PAST Foundation
  • Don DePerro
    Don DePerro President and CEO Columbus Chamber of Commerce
  • Tess Elshoff
    Tess Elshoff President Ohio State Board of Education
  • Mayor Andrew Ginther*
    Mayor Andrew Ginther* City of Columbus, OH
  • Leah Hulsey
    Leah Hulsey Social Studies Teacher River High School
  • Stu Johnson
    Stu Johnson Vice President, Connected Nation; Executive Director, Connect Ohio
  • Amy Palermo
    Amy Palermo Chief Content Director of Educational Technology WOSU Public Media
  • Michelle Robinson*
    Michelle Robinson* Vice President of Government Affairs Verizon
  • Brian Seymour
    Brian Seymour Pickerington Local School District Director of Instructional Technology
  • Leon A. Wilson
    Leon A. Wilson Chief of Digital Innovation & Chief Information Officer, Cleveland Foundation


  • Monday, October 16
  • 4:00 p.m.WelcomePatrick Garrigan, Executive Director, AtlanticLIVE
  • 4:10 p.m.Closing the GapStu Johnson, Executive Director, Connect Ohio
    Leah Hulsey, Social Studies Teacher, River High School
    Leon Wilson, Chief of Digital Innovation and Chief Information Officer, Cleveland Foundation
    With Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic
  • 4:50 p.m.Preparing the Workforce of the FutureLisa Chambers, National Executive Director, TECH CORPS
    Kamau Bobb, Founding Senior Director, Constellations Center for Equity in Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology
    Don DePerro, President and CEO, Columbus Chamber of Commerce
    With Joie Chen, Journalist and Contributor, AtlanticLIVE
  • 5:15 p.m.The Connected ClassroomBrian Seymour, Director of Instructional Technology, Pickerington Local School District
    Anika Anthony, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Studies, The Ohio State University
    Amy Palermo, Chief Content Director for Educational Technology, Instructional Technology Services of Central Ohio,
    With Joie Chen, AtlanticLIVE
  • 5:45 p.m.The Vision and the ChallengeState Representative Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus)
    Tess Elshoff, President, Ohio State Board of Education
    With Steve Clemons, The Atlantic
  • 6:10 p.m.Closing ThoughtsPatrick Garrigan, AtlanticLIVE


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