Play. Explore. Listen. Share.
Those were the themes on Saturday November 2 when about 600 educators from Northern California schools--public, charter, parochial and private--came together at the EdSurge Tech for Schools Summit in Mountain View. Thirty innovative edtech entrepreneurs shared their work and listened. And hundreds of teachers generously spent a sunny California Saturday learning about emerging products and sharing their feedback.
Together, the teachers produced 1,500 commentaries--from quick surveys of their opinions, to deep dives with qualitative feedback. EdSurge is committed to sharing this feedback with both you, our readers and the companies. (Stay tuned!) For now, take a peek at the pictures and flip through a couple of the recaps below.
We'll always treasure the words of educators such as Eileen Craviotto of Peabody Charter School:
"I have been teaching for 24 years and it was the first conference I have gone to that I really felt the spirit of collaboration between the companies and the teachers! Your team did an amazing job!"
That's just the reaction we hoped to elicit. Kristl Wong, a Kindergarten teacher in Foster City also caught the Summit spirit:
"I wanted to thank you and your staff so much for an awesome event! It was such a treat to be treated like a professional...the venue, the food, the prizes, time to talk and play with the various tools. I made some great contacts and learned about so many fabulous edtech tools. I can't wait for your next summit!"
We feel just the same way! Please feel free to add your thoughts via feedback below.
Articles on EdSurge
Agenda and Participants
9:00 AM: Registration and complimentary breakfast
9:45 AM: Greetings and introductions
10:00 AM: Exploration and interaction with edtech tools
12:30 PM: Complimentary lunch
1:30 PM: (More!) Exploration and interaction with edtech tools
4:00 PM: Cocktail reception
5:00 PM: Raffle prizes
5:30 PM: Fireside chat with Lynda Weinman (Executive, Lynda.com)
Participating Edtech Companies
Thirty companies offering curriculum products, classroom tools, admin tools and more were selected by a panel of teachers and edtech coordinators.
Tool for teachers to develop professional learning plans and for admins to evaluate teachers
Tracks student behavior and offers virtual incentives
Develops custom playlists of eBooks, games, videos and learning materials for the iPad
Teacher dashboard for Google Apps in school for integrated experience/effective workflow
Teacher development tool in which third party coaches give feedback on classroom video
Video lesson library with accompanying creation tools and sharing of student assignments
Provides universal API so developers can easily build apps to connect with schools' SIS
Teacher created writing app generates quizzes based on student interests & skill needs
Cloud-based filtering for schools. Can also cover mobile devices that students bring home
A web-based adaptive math program that complements math concepts taught by teachers. It offers integrated math practice, instruction assessment, and intervention to improve student outcomes
Multi-platform BYOD student dialogue system that focuses on real-time assessments
The companies that attend the Summit were chosen by a panel of educator judges: