Creating a Blueprint for Technology and Education

11/21/2017 09:25 pm ET Updated Nov 27, 2017
Hear more from Dr. Matt Harris and other innovative analysts, thought leaders, and educators at the 2018 Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC), January 23-26 in Orlando, Florida. Learn more here.

Dr. Matt Harris is the Deputy Head of School for Learning Technology at the British School Jakarta. He has worked with schools and Ministries of Education in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North America, Australia, and Asia. He has also worked directly with over 25 international education organizations including the International Baccalaureate, accrediting agencies, and regional organizations.

Dr. Harris has a global perspective on learning and sees an interconnectedness between technology in the classroom, school leadership, and the business community. Technology is often closely associated with a specific teacher and tends to depart when an educator chooses to exit their position. The result is a void left for a school to fill and a frequent disruption in creating any long-lasting curriculum plan. As Dr. Harris notes, the success of any program (academic, technological, etc.) completely depends on the value and the understanding of the long-term impact the leadership puts on it. He asks, “How do you create something that has a sustainable impact and lasts beyond the individual instructor, becoming part of a school’s DNA?”

His answer was to found the Blueprint For Technology and Education, which hopes to bridge that gap and shape a common language and understanding between school leadership and tech businesses. The blueprint seeks to develop a long-term relationship and understanding between businesses and schools, creating a blanket roadmap of a school’s needs and wants and providing ed tech vendors a local context.

Dr. Harris is moderating six different panels made up of over 18 international education experts at the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) in Orlando, Florida in January 2018. The panels, with experts on school models and curriculum from all over the world, will be discussing how technology affects the more than 9000 international schools across the globe. Dr. Harris invites anyone interested to sit in on and contribute to the discussions at FETC.

About Dr. Matt Harris:

Matt Harris, Ed.D. is the Deputy Head of School for Learning Technology at the British School Jakarta. In his role, Dr. Harris works with all students, parents, teachers, and administrators to enhance teaching and learning while improving the schools use of technology and data for operations. His work also expands the use of libraries, Digital Citizenship, information literacy, STEM, and other digital resource across all grade levels.

Dr. Harris is also known for his conference speaking, written works, and consulting practice in educational technology, data systems, and school leadership. He has worked with schools and Ministries of Education in the Europe, Middle East, Africa, North America, Australia, and Asia. He has also worked directly with over 25 international education organizations, including the IB, accrediting agencies, and regional organizations. Dr. Harris is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Microsoft Innovative Education Expert, Google Certified Educator, and Common Sense Media Certified Teacher and Administrator.

Learn more about Dr. Matt Harris at his website mattharrisedd.com and follow him on Twitter

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EdTech in schools that help with student assessment

About Rod Berger, PsyD.

Dr. Rod Berger is President and CEO of MindRocket Media Group. Berger is a global education media personality and strategic influencer featured in The Huffington Post, Scholastic, AmericanEdTV, edCircuit, EdTechReview India and Forbes.

Audiences have enjoyed education interviews with the likes of Sir Ken Robinson, Arne Duncan, Randi Weingarten, Sal Khan along with leading edtech investors, award-winning educators, and state and federal education leaders. Berger’s latest project boasts a collaboration with AmericanEdTV and CBS’s Jack Ford.

Follow Dr. Rod Berger on Twitter.

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