Sen. John Legg hosts Digital Classroom Initiative Symposium this Thursday, Nov. 13

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Digital technology in public schools is the focus of Florida’s Digital Classroom Initiative Symposium, hosted by Florida Senate Education Chair John Legg on Thursday, November 13.

Incoming Senate President Andy Gardiner and Sen. Bill Montford will join Legg at the event, scheduled for Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Attendees will learn from a panel of education professionals and technology specialists about bringing new digital tools to the classroom. Also on hand will be representatives of the state, local school districts, universities, not-for-profit education foundations, business and technology companies, as well as a number of state education leaders, including:

  • Jason Allison, Chief Information Officer & Executive Director, Florida Agency for State Technology
  • Tina Barrios, Assistant Superintendent of Information Systems & Technology, Polk County Schools
  • Anna Brown, Chief Information & Technology Officer, Hillsborough County Schools
  • Kurt Browning, Superintendent, Pasco County Schools
  • Neil Campbell, Policy Director for Personalized & Blended Learning, Foundation for Excellence in Education
  • Joseph Clark, Vice President, MGT of America
  • Craig Cowden, Chief Network Officer & Senior Vice President of Enterprise Solutions, Bright House Networks
  • Michael Eugene, Chief Operations Officer, Orange County Schools
  • Michael Grego, Superintendent, Pinellas County Schools
  • Don Hall, Deputy Superintendent of Operations, Manatee County Schools
  • Juhan Mixon, Executive Director, Florida Association of School Administrators
  • Tom Moffses, Superintendent, Hamilton County Schools
  • Alexis Muellner, Editor, Tampa Bay Business Journal
  • Ron Nieto, Deputy Commissioner of Innovation, Florida Department of Education
  • Thomas O’Neal, Associate Vice President of Research & Commercialization / Executive Director of the Business Incubation Program, UCF”
  • Trish Parrish, President, Florida Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • Don Pemberton, Director, UF Lastinger Center for Learning
  • Chase Stockon, Chair, Tampa Bay Technology Forum
  • James Welsh, Assistant Director, USF Florida Center for Instructional Technology
  • Cameron Wilson, Chief Operations Officer & Vice President of Government Affairs,

In 2014, the Legislature set aside $40 million for the Florida Department of Education to develop and implement a 5-year strategic plan for launching digital classrooms. The program’s goal is to support individual school districts as they incorporate digital innovation for improving student performance.

Those wishing to attend the event can register at


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