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Educate to Innovate

September 13th, 2010 by Jordan Usdan - Acting Director, Public-Private Initiatives

President Obama’s “Educate to Innovate” campaign aims to improve the performance of America’s students in the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

The FCC, building on the President’s call to action, has proposed a series of recommendations in the National Broadband Plan that recognize broadband as an important tool to help educators, parents and students meet major challenges in education, including those in the STEM fields.  The Broadband Plan recognizes that investment in broadband and STEM education will help us lead the world in 21st century educational innovation.

Discovery Communications, as part of the “Educate to Innovate” initiative, has launched a new, commercial-free science education programming block that is airing Monday-Friday (4:00 to 5:00 PM ET/PT) and Saturdays (7:00-9:00 AM ET/PT) on Science Channel.  In place of commercial advertising, Science Channel is running PSAs highlighting notable “cool jobs” in the STEM fields.

 
Today, the PSA featuring Chairman Julius Genachowski, promoting broadband and STEM education, will premier during the Science Channel’s education block.  View the PSA here:
 


To further promote the importance of educational innovation, Chairman Genachowski will be the featured speaker and panelist at Back to School Learning and Growing in the Digital Age, a public forum for policymakers and technology industry leaders sponsored by Common Sense Media, PBS, The Children’s Partnership and The Annenberg School of Communication at USC.  The event will also feature an interactive technology showcase of innovative digital learning and parental empowerment tools.  The event is open to the public.
 

Event details:

Back to School Learning and Growing in the Digital Age 

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Computer History Museum
1401 N. Shoreline Boulevard

Mountain View, CA  94043 

8:15 - 9:00 a.m.
 
Continental breakfast and Tech Showcase
 
 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
 
Panels and Discussion

Tech Showcase continues until 1:00 pm.

Other confirmed participants include:

·         Karen Cator, Director of the Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education
·         James P. Steyer, CEO, Common Sense Media
·         Scott McNealy, Founder, Curriki.org, Co-founder, Sun Microsystems
·         Joe Sullivan, Chief Security Officer, Facebook
·         Catherine Teitelbaum, Director of Child Safety, Communities and Content Policies, Yahoo!
·         Geoffrey Cowan, Dean Emeritus, USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
·         Mandeep Dhillon, Co-founder and CEO, Togetherville
 
To RSVP, Click Here
 
For more information, contact commlead@usc.edu
For exhibitor information, contact 2010TechShowcase@gmail.com

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