NEW YORK, Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- At the first-ever New York Times Schools for Tomorrow conference on September 22, McGraw-Hill Education's Randy Reina will present his perspective on the topic of technology in the K-12 classroom. Reina, senior vice president of the Center for Digital Innovation at McGraw-Hill Education, will join the panel session titled "Tools Available," where he will address how school districts, schools and teachers can harness the power of technology effectively and cost-efficiently to improve learning.
The Schools for Tomorrow conference, which brings together 400 of the most influential leaders in teaching, government, philanthropy and industry, seeks to examine how schools can deliver world-class, 21st-century learning experiences using technology.
The Tools Available panel will examine the technologies most commonly used by students, including mobile phones and tablets, and will provide guidance on how these devices can serve as effective and integrated learning tools. They will also discuss and offer advice on perhaps the most difficult educational technology question: budget.
"We have an incredible opportunity to equip teachers and students with innovative hardware and software technologies in today's classrooms," said Reina. "We know that technology is a great educational enabler. It provides greater opportunities to personalize and expand instructional experiences. Applying technologies in the classroom also allows students to utilize their native digital acumen to become more successful learners and better prepared for today's global economy. One of our challenges as educators is to help all schools find technology solutions that maximize effective teaching and learning. Creativity, innovation and partnership are keys to addressing this challenge."
Jodi Ruderon, education editor at The New York Times, will moderate the session. Reina will join a distinguished group of education professionals with diverse backgrounds in developing digital programs that drive student achievement and long-term improvement in the K-12 education space, including:
- Larry Berger, co-founder and C.E.O., Wireless Generation
- Jacqueline Botterill, head of Social Good, Skype
- Jonathan Hefter, founder, Neverware
- Scott Kinney, S.V.P. Global Professional Development and Education Outreach, Discovery
- Shelley Pasnik, director of the Center for Children and Technology, Education Development Center
The panel will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Times Center in New York City.
For additional information about the conference and panel, visit www.nytschoolsfortomorrow.com.
About Randy Reina
As leader of McGraw-Hill Education's Center for Digital Innovation, Randy is responsible for the development of all technology products for the K-12 market. Randy joined McGraw-Hill Education in 1998 as part of the company's management development program. Randy's career assignments have included serving as director of Early Childhood Education for SRA/McGraw-Hill, and vice president of Inside Sales and Database Marketing for the McGraw-Hill Learning Group. Prior to business school, Randy worked in higher education and in both public and private secondary school organizations. He held positions ranging from elementary and high school principal to consultant with Coopers & Lybrand Consulting. Randy holds B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Economics and Education from the University of Pennsylvania. He holds an M.B.A. from Tuck School of Business.
About McGraw-Hill Education
McGraw-Hill Education is a content, software and services-based education company that draws on its more than 100 years of educational expertise to offer solutions, which improve learning outcomes around the world. McGraw-Hill is the adaptive education technology leader with the vision for creating a highly personalized learning experience that prepares students of all ages for the world that awaits. The company has offices across the U.S., India, China, Europe, the Middle East and South America, and makes its learning solutions available in more than 65 languages. For additional information, visit www.mheducation.com.
SOURCE McGraw-Hill Education