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Education in the Digital Age

May 19, 2015

In collaboration with
The Honorable Mike Quigley (D–5th) and the Honorable Robert J. Dold (R–10th) of Illinois

The digital revolution is poised to enter new territory: the classroom. From school districts adopting 1:1 policies, where each student has a laptop or tablet, to universities launching massive open online courses (MOOCs), technology is changing the way teachers teach—and transforming when, where, and even how students learn. But are new technologies being used effectively in the classroom? Will high-tech tools improve or exacerbate existing inequities in education? Join our three panelists as they talk about their research on the impact of technology on learning.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Rayburn House Office Building, B340
50 Independence Ave., SW, Washington D.C.


“Parents, Pencils, and iPads: Developing Pre-K Curriculum Standards for Technology in the Classroom”

Ellen Wartella, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor of Communication and IPR Associate, Northwestern University 

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“Digital Natives or Digital Naives? The Internet Skills Gap Among Young Adults" 

Eszter Hargittai, April McClain-Delaney and John Delaney Research Professor in Communication Studies and IPR Associate, Northwestern University 

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“Learning in Cyberspace vs. Classrooms: Can Online Education Replace Traditional Instruction?"

David Figlio, IPR Director and Fellow, and Orrington Lunt Professor of Education and Social Policy and of Economics, Northwestern University 
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View presentation slides  (pdf)