[Net2 Burlington] The Future of Education: Learning, Teaching and Technology

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How are new technologies changing the way educators teach and students learn? How can Vermont’s schools prepare students for global citizenship in an international economy? How can our communities and our schools work together to integrate technology into K-12 education?

Burlington NetSquared and Champlain College’s Division of Education and Human Studies recently convened a panel exploring teaching and learning in the digital age. This panel brought together practitioners and political leaders for a discussion on the future of education, with a focus on the role of technology in Vermont schools.


Matt Dunne, Head of Community Affairs at Google, will talk about how the recent progression of technology, cloud computing and infinite information storage fundamentally changes the way we need to think about education at the k-12 level.

Jay Hoffman, Tuttle Middle School, South Burlington, Technology Education Teacher and Vermont Teacher of the Year 2013 will talk about his work to integrate technology into the curriculum at his school.

Representative Michele Kupersmith, State House (VT) - Chittenden 7-1, will talk about what she's seeing at the state level, and what Vermont students need (and schools need to do) to be competitive in a global economy.

Adam Rubin2Revolutions will discuss Future of Learning models and the projects his firm has worked on with school districts around the country.

John Stroup, Champlain College, Division of Education and Human Studies, will moderate discussion and talk about the ways pre-service teacher education is responding to issues of technology education.

Panelist Bios

Matt Dunne, Head of Community Affairs, Google
Matt Dunne has focused his life’s work on bringing together the worlds of entrepreneurship, service and politics. Elected to the Vermont House at the age of 22, he served 7 years before joining the Clinton Administration as the Director of AmeriCorps*VISTA overseeing 6000 full-time people working in the fight against poverty. In 2002 he returned home to Vermont and was elected to two terms in the Vermont Senate. Outside of the legislature, he worked in high-tech marketing and before joining Google was the Associate Director of the Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College, creating programs to support students who wish to pursue careers in the nonprofit and public sector. Now the Head of Community Affairs at Google, Matt supports all aspects of the company’s local corporate social responsibility activities in communities where Google has an office or data center as well as helping guide larger corporate partnerships with the nonprofit and public sector. Matt currently lives on the small farm where he grew up in Hartland, VT with his wife Sarah Taylor and his sons Judson and Abraham and daughter Cora.

Jay Hoffman, Technology Education Teacher, Tuttle Middle School 
Jay Hoffman a Technology Education Teacher at the middle school level has been most recently honored as Vermont’s 2013 Teacher of the Year. Jay is a 20-year veteran in his profession is also a recipient of the prestigious National Cable & Telecommunications 
Industry “Leaders in Learning Award”, recognizing him for his unconventional use of Media Technology in promoting his student’s learning of “Higher Order Skills.” For over a decade Jay has dedicated his energy and expertise out side the classroom as a teacher trainer. As a member of a special training cadre for the National Education Association of Vermont he travels across the state helping to better prepare teachers in Classroom 
Management, Anti Bullying & Harassment, Four Domains of Teaching (Charlotte Danielson). As a member of the Vermont Standards Board for Professional Educators Jay helps to regulate and write policy for Vermont Schools.

Representative Michele Kupersmith, State House (VT) - Chittenden 7-1

Michele Kupersmith is serving her 4th term as State Representative, Democrat, Chittenden District 7-1 South Burlington. Her career has included practicing law and mediation. She has also worked with entities involved with workforce education and training, and developed and ran a state-wide internship program for college students. Her education includes University of Vermont (B.A. 1975), Vermont Law School (J.D. 1982) and formal training in mediation.Boards served on include the Vermont Board of MedicalPractice (1986-1991), the Vermont Bar Foundation (1993-1997), the South Burlington Development Review Board (2003-2005) and Vermont HITEC, Inc. (2010-present). She sails, skis, runs, hikes and bikes regularly.

Adam Rubin 
Adam has spent nearly two decades catalyzing change through the design and launch of social enterprises within existing and start-up entities across the education and community development sectors. He started 2Revolutions to feed this love, and to reinforce the belief that two critical levers we can pull are the birth and scaling of innovative education and training ventures in high need communities.

Adam previously held management positions across the non-profit and for-profit sectors. Most recently, he was Director of Policy and Research at New Visions for Public Schools. Prior to that, he founded and managed Swerve Associates, a consulting firm launching education-focused social enterprises in Montreal and New York. He managed economic development efforts in Long Island City at the Long Island City Business Development Corporation, focused on community development through the arts and real estate. He was the founding Executive Director of Tikkun Cape Town, a non-profit working on issues of educational reform and equity in the townships of South Africa. He began his career teaching in Oakland, California.