Hanna Rosin, National Correspondent, The Atlantic, speaks with John Bailey, Executive Director, Digital Learning Now!, Lisa Guernsey, Director, Early Education Initiative, New America Foundation, and Justin Leites, Vice President for Games, Amplify, about engaging students through a game-based learning in the classroom.
John Bailey serves as the Executive Director of Digital Learning Now! He co-founded Whiteboard Advisors, which provides strategic consulting for investors, philanthropies, and entrepreneurs. John previously served at the White House as Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy during the Bush administration where he coordinated education and labor policy. John has also worked at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as serving as a top technology and innovation advisor to the Secretary of Commerce. He also served as the nation’s second Director of Educational Technology, where he oversaw more than $1 billion in annual grants and research projects. John has also served as a formal or informal advisor to three Presidential campaigns.
Lisa Guernsey is Director of the New America Foundation’s Early Education Initiative. Ms. Guernsey focuses on elevating dialogue about early childhood education, in part by editing the Early Ed Watch blog, and spotlighting new approaches for helping disadvantaged children succeed. A journalist by training, Ms. Guernsey has been a technology and education writer at The New York Times and The Chronicle of Higher Education and has contributed to several national publications, including Newsweek, Time, The Washington Post, and USA TODAY. She also blogs occasionally at The Huffington Post and is on Twitter @LisaGuernsey. Ms. Guernsey’s most recent book is Screen Time: How Electronic Media – From Baby Videos to Educational Software – Affects Your Young Child (Basic Books, 2012). She won a 2012 gold Eddie magazine award for a School Library Journal article on e-books, was a 2005 journalism fellow in the child and family policy program at the University of Maryland, and has served on several national advisory committees on early education. She holds a master's degree in English/American Studies and a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Virginia. For more, see www.lisaguernsey.com
Justin Leites is Vice President for Games at Amplify.
Hanna Rosin, an Atlantic national correspondent, is the author of the book The End of Men based on her story in the July/August 2010 Atlantic.
Lisa Guernsey, director of early education initiatives at the New America Foundation, argues that edtech and bringing games like Minecraft into the classroom will improve the way students interact and communicate.