Technology and education have their share of industry conferences (see my EdSurge “field guide” to some of edtech’s most prominent). In the normal course of business, I attend several a year — sometimes to speak, sometimes to moderate/emcee, but always to learn.
Speaking engagements in 2014:
- ATP’s Innovations in Testing conference in Scottsdale, AZ, in a session about how digital credentials displayed as Open Badges are part of the evolving education and workforce environments (audio).
- Acer Education Advisory Council meeting in San Jose, CA, on how data in education have moved from being isolated, to connected, to active.
- Software and Information Industry Association’s Education Industry Summit in San Francisco, as host of the annual CODiE Awards (video).
- Association of American Publishers preK-12 Learning Group’s Content in Context conference in Washington, D.C., as part of the opening keynote session on open educational resources: the good, the bad and the reality (audio).
- EdNET 2014 in Baltimore, MD, as part of the closing Catbird Seat analyst session (video).
And in other recent years:
- Analyst at EdNET 2013 and EdNET 2012 on the closing Catbird Seat sessions
- Speaker at 2013 American Board of Nursing Specialties and Institute for Credentialing Excellence conferences on digital credentials
- Moderator of closing session, “Remaking the Page in the New-Media Age” at the 2013 Content in Context conference
- Emcee of the Software and Information Industry Association’s 2013 CODiE Awards for education technology
- Moderator of “From Legacy to Uncertainty: the Digital Future of the Major ‘Textbook’ Publishers” at SXSWedu 2013
- Speaker and moderator for MIT Enterprise Forum’s Obstacles and Opportunities for Entrepreneurs in Education
- Speaker at the Software and Information Industry Association’s 2012 Ed Tech Industry Summit
- Keynote for the BbWorld Transact 2012 conference
- Keynote for the Education Industry Association’s 2011 EDVentures conference
Going back even further, I took detailed notes at industry conferences before edtech association blogs and education news websites made that unnecessary, notes which now are archived in Adobe PDF files. If anything, they may provide some perspective on how the hot issues have — or have not — changed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.