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Education Policy Fellowship Program

Using Technology to Move Michigan Toward a Knowledge Economy

April 25, 2011
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

This session continues the theme selected by this year's fellows on transforming Michigan's economy from a manufacturing-based to a knowledge-based economy.  This session focuses on the role technology can play in teaching and learning and in the policy cycle.


From the past two groups, we’ve heard presentations that have focused on Michigan’s shift toward a knowledge-based economy from international, federal, and state perspectives and from the perspectives of stakeholders. For this session, we want to focus more closely on one of the primary reasons driving this shift towards a knowledge-based economy and what we believe is one of  the primary tools Michigan can use to catch up in this race to educate—technology. Rather than spending our time presenting an argument that technology is driving the shift from the industrial age to the information age, (which we believe you can read in Thomas Friedman’s The World is Flat or glean from Daniel Pink’s A Whole New Mind among many others options), we’d like to invest our time in digging more deeply into two fundamental questions:

1)  How do we best leverage new technologies including mobile computing devices and web-based technologies to accelerate students’ learning and develop the 21st Century skill necessary to compete in a knowledge-based economy?

2) As we move through this period, as we implement changes and reform, how do we collect and utilize technology and data to monitor and inform the effectiveness of educational practices and policies?

For this presentation, EPFP fellows bring the following:

  1. 1. A copy of their (a) school/district/institution’s technology policy (such as Acceptable Use Policy, Board Policy, or other Technology Guideline Documents).
  2. 2. A laptop or tablet computer that is able to connect to the Internet.


EPFP Learning Team Members:

Lisa Diaz
Joe Freidhoff
John Robertson
Pam Shoemaker

Guest Speakers:

Dr. Elliot Soloway is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering, with faculty appointments in the School of Education and the School of Information at the University of Michigan. For the past 10 years, Soloway’s research has been guided by the vision that mobile, handheld – and very low-cost – networked devices are the only way to truly achieve universal 1:1 in schools – all across the globe. In 2001, the undergraduates selected him to receive the “Golden Apple Award” as the Outstanding Teacher of the Year.  In 2004, the EECS College of Engineering HKN Honor Society awarded Elliot the “Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award.” Elliot is currently Chair and Grand Poohbah of ISTE’s Special Interest Group on Mobile Learning, SIGML, the bestest SIG in ISTE!

Andrew Henry, Red Cedar Solutions Group (EPFP 2002-03)

Margaret Ropp, Ph.D., Red Cedar Solutions Group (EPFP 2001-02)


Acceptable Use Policies in Web 2.0 & Mobile Area (from the Consortium for School Networking Intitiative, COSN) Available for download from