Conference Notes

Technology and education have their share of industry conferences. And, in the normal course of business, I attend several a year — sometimes to speak, sometimes to moderate/emcee, but always to learn.

Starting in 2009 I began to live-tweet conference sessions I attended (you can follow me as @FrankCatalano by visiting www.twitter.com/FrankCatalano). And for those conferences that had a bit more heft, I re-started a practice dating back to my initial consulting days: taking highlight notes, but now based on my tweets as well as additional observations.

After 2011, most of the “notes” I took at conferences turned into columns and analysis pieces for EdSurge, MindShift and other sites (and, as a result, don’t appear below). You’ll find links and summaries of those pieces on my blog.

The notes that are here are Adobe PDF files. Do feel free to share, quote and excerpt, but if you do please do the (copy)right thing and provide credit as due.  And, I hope, learn something from the notes.

International Society for Technology in EducationISTE 2011 logo
ISTE 2011
June 26-29, 2011; Philadelphia, PA
Association of Educational Publishers
Content in Context Conference
June 6-8, 2011; Washington, D.C.

While not strictly a set of conference notes, this in-depth essay for the Strategic News Service newsletter uses developments from ISTE 2011 and the AEP 2011 Content in Context Conference (along with examples from SIIA’s 2011 Ed Tech Industry Summit) to illustrate key trends in digital education and education technology, and describe their current state. Download the essay.

Software and Information Industry AssociationSIIA ETIS 2011 logo
Ed Tech Industry Summit
May 22-24, 2011; San Francisco, CA

With strong undercurrents of the promise of personalized learning and the threat of Open Educational Resources, the Software and Information Industry Association’s 2011 Ed Tech Industry Summit at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco attracted a record 400 education and technology company executives over two days. The theme for 2011: Growing business in a changing market. Download the notes.

Software and Information Industry AssociationSIIA 2010 ETBF logo
Ed Tech Business Forum

November 29-30, 2010; New York, NY
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EdNET Conference 2010
September 26-28, 2010; Boston, MA

SIIA’s Ed Tech Business Forum marked its tenth anniversary by drawing a sold-out crowd of more than 270. EdNET 2010 attracted more than 550 industry executives and others. Combined, the two education publishing and technology conferences, respectively sporting tag lines of “Re-Inventing Business Models” and “Reflect and Renew: Retooling for the New Education Marketplace,” provide an internal state of the edtech industry in the common areas of policy and funding issues, customer needs, and product and company trends. Download the notes.

International Society for Technology in Education
ISTE 2010

June 27-30, 2010; Denver, CO

ISTE (the International Society for Technology in Education) this year debuted its renamed conference, known in previous years as the National Educational Computing Conference. ISTE 2010 drew approximately 13,000 attendees and 455 exhibiting companies to the Colorado Convention Center. While others document the educator-focused conference sessions, these are brief highlights and apparent trends gleaned from walking the ISTE exhibition show floor. Download the notes.

Association of Educational PublishersContent in Context logo
Content in Context Conference
June 6-9, 2010; Washington, D.C.

For 2010, the Association of Educational Publishers changed the name and approach of the venerable AEP Summit to focus on the inevitable transition to digital educational content. As a result, the Content in Context Conference was created with the defining tag line, “education beyond the book.” CiC was held at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C. and attracted approximately 360 attendees. Download the notes.

Software and Information Industry AssociationEd Tech Industry Summit logo
Ed Tech Industry Summit
May 23-25, 2010; San Francisco, CA

Called by the Software and Information Industry Association the best attended Ed Tech Industry Summit in SIIA’s 25 year history, the 2010 ETIS at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco attracted roughly 300 education and technology company executives over two days. The theme for 2010: Going mobile and global. Download the notes.