Facebook VP to Speak at Statewide Technology Conference

July 29, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  Facebook executive Marne Levine, who oversees the company's efforts to educate governments and non-governmental organizations on innovative technologies, will address attendees of the annual Statewide Technology Conference on Tuesday at 1 p.m.

The event, scheduled this year from Aug. 2-4, attracts nearly 1,000 K-12 educators, higher education representatives and state agency employees from across West Virginia. They will participate in more than 150 different educational sessions on a variety of instructional technology topics, from using smartboards and ipads to cyberbullying and online learning. In addition, about 60 vendor exhibits will be on display.

Levine, who joined Facebook from the Obama Administration, has substantial government experience working on international issues and particular sensitivity to navigating policy challenges in an Internet company. While she was with the Obama Administration, Levine served as chief of staff at the White House National Economic Council. In that role, she helped coordinate the development of domestic and international economic policy along with the strategies for communicating these policies to stakeholders. She also helped launch an online peer-to-peer payment platform and helped manage its privacy and compliance issues.

Technology Conference attendees
The 2011 Statewide Technology Conference was busting at the seams with technology enthusiasts from around West Virginia.

Also speaking Aug. 2 is Karen Cator, director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. Cator’s experience includes directing Apple’s leadership and advocacy efforts in education. In this role, she focused on the intersection of education policy and research, emerging technologies, and the reality faced by teachers, students and administrators. 

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, West Virginia Superintendent Jorea Marple and Dan O’Hanlon, vice chancellor for technology for the Higher Education Policy Commission and director of WVNET are set to give the conference closing remarks on new partnerships for advancing technology on Aug. 4 at noon.

“In today’s world, technology makes what was once impossible, possible by helping teachers unlock the potential in every child,” said state Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple. “Teachers like those attending this conference who embrace new technology and what it can offer students, can be the difference between a successful application of technology and a failed application of technology. The challenge for all of us is to continue to work together to make technology the most powerful and positive force in children's lives that it can be.”

For additional information, please visit the conference website at http://conference.wvnet.edu, or contact the Office of Communications at 304-558-2699.


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