SPECIAL GUEST: Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg, left, listens as students discuss with him personalized learning during his visit to eastern Kentucky.

Facebook founder visits eastern KY

PIKEVILLE — Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, his wife, Pricilla Chan, and members of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative visited the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) in Hazard on Sept. 24.


Students and teachers talked to the couple about the innovative learning taking place in K-12 schools across eastern Kentucky.


Fifteen Belfry High School students and teachers Stephanie Younger and Dr. Haridas Chandran spent the afternoon and evening engaging in a variety of learning experiences and conversations.


Students and educators from across the region, were able to demonstrate and discuss some innovations taking place in schools and classrooms, while transforming teaching and learning.


He talked to some students who were using the Summit personalized learning tools they've been building at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, who were learning to code. The students demonstrated games, robots, drones and VR apps they were coding.


The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, founded in December 2015, is a new kind of organization that brings together world-class engineering, grant-making, impact investing, policy and advocacy work.


The team is already helping schools bring personalized learning tools to teachers and schools across the country and supporting scientists around the world.


This fall, more than 300 schools in almost every state in the U.S. will be using the Summit Learning Platform to offer personalized learning experience to students.


Students talked to Mark about how they were learning much faster with personalized learning and how they could move at their own pace.


Bruce Parsons, founder of The Holler, was able to discuss the upcoming 3D animation of the Holler Monster with Zuckerberg.


The couple was able to tour one of the "Tiny Houses" designed and constructed by local high school students, drive a student-built robot and witness flight of a student constructed drone.