SXSWedu 2016

Is Education Policy Stifling Digital Innovation?


As digital innovation and technology continues to reshape the classroom and unlock possibilities for teachers and students, we need policies that can support and accelerate that innovation toward improving student outcomes. What those policies should look like – and the ultimate goals of the policy environment overall – continues to be the sticking point: from tackling funding to student and teacher assessment to making decisions about technology buying and implementation. Can we agree on fundamental education technology policy objectives? And can we find the right ways to get there quickly?

Additional Supporting Materials


  1. The ways state governments can better address funding challenges so schools can both obtain and then implement technology
  2. How educators, technology companies and policy-makers can work together to protect student privacy and data
  3. What we can learn from policies that work in the U.S. and around the world


  • Caitlin Emma, Education Reporter, Politico
  • Heath Morrison, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, McGraw Hill Education
  • Dallas Dance, Superintendent, Baltimore County Public Schools, Baltimore County Public Schools
  • Govenor Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education


Michael Sacks, SVP, Ogilvy

Meta Information:

  • Tags: policy, innovation, privacy
  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Educational Equality
  • Session Focus Area
  • Level: Basic Understanding

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