I’m Going to MIT for Innovation in Education

Dell XPS13
My traveling companion.

Every once in a while I earn my cool mom points and I’m about to score big by heading to someone’s dream* school. Next week I’m headed to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for a social think tank and town hall meeting devoted to technology in education as part of the #DellDozen Ambassador Program.

Dell is sponsoring critical conversations starting with a think tank including thought leaders, parents, students, and school administrators to talk about innovation in education. (To be clear, I’ll be in the audience taking notes.) This session will take place in partnership with MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).

Later in the day, the MIT Media Lab (source of everything cool that doesn’t already come out of CSAIL), Dell and NBC’s Education Nation will host a variety of educational thought leaders gathered on panels to speak on The Digital Divide and How Technology Spurs Innovation in the Classroom. (I sure hope it’s more by doing more than giving netbook and tablets to students because that experiment isn’t working out so well in our Luddite household.) (Oh, wait, it will be! Check out a Twitter list of the participants via @DellEdu.)

I know many of my readers are education geeks, so I want to invite you to follow along a livestream of the afternoon session. You can also follow along on Twitter via #DellDozen, #DoMoreEdu and me, @KimMoldofsky.

And speaking of cool things that come out of MIT, check out my interview with MIT Media Lab PhD candidate Jay Silver. Keep watching until the end, because I love his closing quote and I think you will, too.

*Dream school, schmeam school. My children are still a bit young for thinking seriously about colleges, but we’re already advising them not to get their heart set on one school and instead find a handful of schools they like and compare costs because, um, yikes.

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