SETDA Seeks Ed Tech Startups for Private Sector Partners Program


Reposted from Marketwired:

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), the principal non-profit membership association representing U.S. state and territorial educational technology leaders, announced today that it will begin accepting applications for the third cohort of startups seeking to join SETDA’s year long Emerging Private Sector Partnership Program (EPSP). The EPSP is a public-private partnership program tailored specifically for companies new to the U.S. K-12 education and technology market. No more than ten startups will be selected to be a part of the Emerging Private Sector Partnership Program. You can view SETDA’s partner’s page here.

Emerging Private Sector Partners will benefit from a variety of opportunities throughout the year to showcase their products and services, receive feedback and advice and engage in meaningful dialogue with state educational technology leaders. EPSPs will make their debut via a pitch fest at the SETDA Emerging Technologies Forum (ET Forum), June 26-27, 2015, immediately preceding the ISTE conference. Also during the ET Forum they will have the unique opportunity to participate in a full-day workshop led by SETDA’s Channel Partners and industry experts Charlene Blohm (C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.), Kevin Custer and Rita Ferrandino (Arc Capital Development) and Mitch Weisburgh (Academic Business Advisors). The workshop will provide valuable insights into the K-12 ecosystem and trends, advice on how to successfully market to K-12, and offer individualized feedback on pitch fest demonstrations.

Applications Due by March 17, 2015. To apply and access more information about the program and its benefits go to:

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SETDA Guide to Implementing Digital Learning


Reposted from the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA):

With the influx of new technology and increased connectivity, focused strategic planning is more important than ever to ensure digital learning opportunities for all students and educators. Most school districts have made investments in technology equipment, bandwidth and networking, training teachers and supporting both the technology and those using it. Many are looking at upgrading and expanding their use of technology either because of a specific initiative such as online assessment or for a broader push to a 1 to 1 program to accomplish specific school improvement goals.

There are a number of factors for districts to consider as they embark upon this effort, key among them being planning, professional learning, software and digital content, broadband, devices, pedagogy and technology support. This resource is intended to provide guidance for districts to consider as they heighten their focus to ensure smooth implementation of digital learning. In addition, this resource includes proven resources and digital learning examples from across the nation to support discussions.

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