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KET executive director Shae Hopkins named to inaugural board of new “Digital Promise” national center
Last week the White House launched Digital Promise, a research center that aims to infuse more digital learning into the nation’s classrooms. KET Executive Director Shae Hopkins was selected as a member of the inaugural board. Board members were appointed by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan based on recommendations from the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

Called the National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies, or “Digital Promise” for short, the new center is an independent 501(c)(3) organization funded in part by the Department of Education, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

“Digital Promise is a unique partnership that will bring everyone together—educators, entrepreneurs and researchers—to use technology to help students learn and teachers teach. There’s no silver bullet when it comes to education, but technology can be a powerful tool, and Digital Promise will help us make the most of it,” President Obama said in remarks prepared for the launch.

Said Hopkins: “I’m excited to be a part of this unique initiative that will identify innovative technologies to enhance, and even transform, teaching and learning. It is an honor to represent KET and public broadcasting in what will surely be a groundbreaking effort to ensure the success of students both inside and outside the classroom.”

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth (D-3rd) sponsored the legislation authorizing the Digital Promise initiative.

“This is a great day for our country and a great day for our future,” Yarmuth said. “The goal for Digital Promise is to do for education what the National Science Foundation does for science and what the National Institutes of Health does for medicine. My role, while I’m exceedingly proud of it, has been a small part in an extraordinary initiative that has been more than a decade in the making.”

Digital Promise will focus not only on identifying promising educational technologies for research and development, but also on testing out their effectiveness (in collaboration with researchers and entrepreneurs) and on creating inroads for bringing those technologies to the education “market.”

Other Digital Promise board members include: Mark Dean, fellow and vice president of architecture and design at IBM; John Morgridge, chairman emeritus of Cisco; Irwin Jacobs, director at Qualcomm; Lawrence Grossman, ex-NBC News president; Vince Juaristi, president and CEO of operations and logistics consulting firm Arbola Inc.; Gilman Louie, a partner at venture capital firm Alsop Louie Partners; Eamon Kelly, professor of international development and technology transfer at Tulane University Law School's Payson Center for International Development; and Shirley Malcolm, who heads up the Directorate for Education and Human Resources Programs of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Click here to visit the official Digital Promise website.

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