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Welcome to the METAA CTO Clinic 2018! The theme is “The Digital Revolution in Education”.  We look forward to seeing you on Friday, March 23rd at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Boston, Milford located at 11 Beaver Street, Milford, MA 01757.  For information about joining METAA and/or COSN, please visit http://www.techdirectors.org/membership/ Follow us on Twitter @TechDirectors and Facebook @METAA.org
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Friday, March 23


Keynote: News and Media Literacy: Building Critical Consumers and Creators
More and more, young people (and adults) are getting their news online and from social media. There is also the increasingly problematic issue of fake news and determining credible news sources online. In an age of pervasive, fast, and on-demand information, there is a need for educators and parents to teach news and media literacy to kids. Jeff Mao, former Senior Director for Common Sense Education and Education Technology Director for the Maine Department of Education will lead us on an exploration of news and media literacy, including:

• Why news and media literacy is more important than ever
• Latest research on kids and news
• What is “fake news” and how to spot it
• Ways teachers can integrate news and media literacy into their curriculum
• Rubrics you can use to assess students’ understanding of news literacy

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Jeff Mao

Senior Strategic Education Outreach Manager, Wonder Workshop
Jeff was the Senior Director for Education at nonprofit Common Sense Education.  He has also dedicated his time to the Future Ready Schools initiative, which works with K-12 school leaders to develop and implement personalized digital learning plans that will benefit all student... Read More →

Friday March 23, 2018 8:20am - 9:30am
Regency Ballroom


Keynote: Technology and our Changing Job Market
New technologies, from artificial intelligence, to machine learning, to crowdsourcing, and robotics are driving profound changes in the world or work and the civic sphere. As computers develop new capacities to do work, we are developing an increasingly clear understanding of what computers at *not* good at, and what humans will need to do for the foreseeable future. These shifts have profound implications for educators, who can serve young people best if they understand the nature of these changes. Preparing students for their future requires understanding how technology is changing the future of work.

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Justin Reich

Assistant Professor in the Comparative Media Studies/Writing department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Instructor in the Scheller Teacher Education Program, Faculty Associate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, and Director of the MIT Teaching Systems Lab., MIT
Justin is the co-founder of EdTechTeacher, a professional learning consultancy devoted to helping teachers leverage technology to create student-centered, inquiry-based learning environments.

Friday March 23, 2018 8:20am - 9:30am
Regency Ballroom


Keynote: Trends in Computational Science, and their Impact on Computing Education
Exploring key trends in computational science, and their impact on computing education:
1) Learning to program is getting harder.  Many of the features that make computers easier to use also raise the barrier between users and programmers.
2) Computational science is embracing software engineering tools and practices as keys to reproducible, reliable science.
3) Statistics in the undergraduate curriculum is being edged out by data science.  Will K-12 follow?

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Allen Downey

Allen Downey is a Professor of Computer Science at Olin College in Needham MA, and the author of Think Python, Think Bayes, Think Stats and several other books related to computer science and data science., Olin College
Previously Allen taught at Wellesley College and Colby College, and in 2009 he was a Visiting Scientist at Google, Inc. He has a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley and B.S. and M.S. degrees from MIT. He writes a blog about Bayesian statistics and related topics called Probably Overthinking... Read More →

Friday March 23, 2018 8:20am - 9:30am
Regency Ballroom