How to Beat Edtech's Rising Tides

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EdSurge

No question about it: Getting ahead of the rising tides of edtech products takes real work. But we think all that work should be spiced up with a spirit of dialogue and a dash of free giveaway devices.

At the EdSurge Summit coming up for St. Louis, we aim to reduce complexity for educators. First: everything is free. Even better: We want educators to leave our Summits feeling like they had learned more--by connecting with other teachers, by meeting new friends, and by experimenting with technology.

We have two dynamic speakers: Henry Hipps, a senior program manager at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Jaime Casap, Google's global education evangelist.

The 35 companies coming to meet St. Louis-area teachers fall into six categories:

  • Multi-subject Curriculum
  • School-wide Tools
  • STEAM Curriculum
  • Classroom Support Tools
  • Professional Development Tools
  • Literacy

The edtech makers attending the Summit were selected by St. Louis education leaders, who tried to take the region's priorities into account. For instance, "Literacy Tools" include such companies as:

  • Actively Learn
  • Artifact
  • Curriculet
  • LightSail
  • Ponder
  • Pup’s Quest
  • Scholar
  • ThinkCERCA
  • Learning Ovations

Throughout it all, EdSurge aims to amplify the teacher voice--by asking for "feedback" on the edtech products--and then by ensuring that those comments are heard on our site.

Fifteen lucky educators will also take home a brand, new device: We give out 5 Chromebooks, 5 Microsoft tablets, and 5 iPad-minis.

There's a tremendous amount to learn at a Summit. That's even gotten the attention of the local politicians. EdSurge's Katrina Stevens recently wrote about the change going on in St. Louis, and talked with Mayor Frances Slay who said:

"There is no better place than St. Louis to host EdSurge," shares Mayor Frances Slay. "St. Louis has seen a dramatic growth in technology, innovation and start-ups with the help of T-Rex, Cortex, Arch Grants and LaunchCode. Our teachers, principals and other educators are a great resource for ed-tech start ups."

Local leaders are coming together to build an education innovation cluster that includes multiple school districts, charter and independent schools, University of Missouri - St. Louis, Washington University, nonprofit organizations including ConnectED Learning, corporate partnerships and local government.

Can't wait to see you in St. Louis!

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