2013 Details

SETDA’s annual Emerging Technologies Forum (ET Forum) provides a venue for SETDA’s state members and the corporate community to engage in meaningful dialogue. Companies showcase their products and services and the SETDA members, representing each of the state departments of education, highlight their major initiatives and priorities.

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Friday, June 21, 2013

1:00 – 6:00 pm

  •  ET Forum Registration

1:30 – 2:00 pm

  • New Member Welcome

2:00 – 2:45 pm

  • Welcome and Refreshments

3:00 – 4:00 pm

  • Emerging Private Sector Partners Lightening Round Demo

 4:00 – 5:00 pm

  • Emerging Private Sector Partners Product Showcase

5:15 – 7:15 pm

  • Speed Meeting Sessions

7:30 – 9:30 pm

  • Opening Product Showcase Reception

Saturday, June 22, 2013

8:00 am – 2:00 pm

  • ET Forum Registration

8:15 – 9:15 am

  • Welcome and Opening Breakfast

9:30 – 10:30 am

  • R & D Focus Group I
    • ENA
    • Amplify
    • Knovation
    • SMART
  • Corporate PD: Data Standards and Interoperability: Overview and Issues
    • Facilitators: Christine Fox and Doug Levin

10:45 – 11:45 am

  • R & D Focus Group II
    • Apple
    • BrainPOP
    • SymbalooEDU
  • Corporate PD: Out of Print: Reimagining the K-12 Textbook in a Digital Age
    • Facilitators: Geoff Fletcher and Doug Levin

12:00 – 1:15 pm

  • Luncheon Discussion

1:30 – 2:30 pm

  • R & D Focus Group III
    • AT&T
    • Pearson
    • Intel
    • Teq
  • Corporate PD: Public Procurement: the view from the State House – Rm 8
    • Facilitators: Jeff Mao and Peter Drescher

2:45 – 3:45 pm

  • R & D Focus Group IV
    • Blackboard
    • Kno
    • Neverware
    • Texas Instruments
  • Corporate PD: Technology Readiness for Common Core Assessment
    •  Facilitators: Doug Levin and Geoff Fletcher

3:45- 4:15 pm Break

4:15 – 5:30 pm

States Sharing: Discussions *

  • Shifting to Digital & Open Content
  • Data in Service of Learning
  • 1-to-1 Implementation
  • Personalized Learning Approaches

 5:30 – 7:30 pm

  • Reception

8:00 – 10:00 pm

  • Networking Event

Sunday, June 23, 2013

7:30 – 8:00 am

  •  Networking Breakfast

8:15 – 9:45 am

Platinum R & D Focus Groups

  • HP
  • Desire2Learn
  • Esri

 10:00- 11:30 pm

  •  Technology Readiness Session

12:00- 1:00 pm

  • Lunch on Your Own

2:00 – 4:30 pm

  • Annual Convocation Program

 4:45 – 5:45 pm

Board of Directors Meeting – Rm 1/2 (Board of Directors Only)

6:15 – 9:00 pm

  • State Members Dinner – Biga on the Banks

Monday, June 24, 2013

7:30 – 8:30 am

  • Continental Breakfast

8:45 – 9:45 am

  • Standing Committee Meetings – Salon I

10:00 – 12:00 pm

  • USDOE Meeting – Salon I

12:30 pm

  •  Speak-Up Luncheon (Registration Required) or Lunch on Your Own

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Corporate Professional Development

K-12 Data Standards and Interoperability: Overview and Issues

In May 2013, SETDA released a new report, “Transforming Data to Information in Service of Learning,” to raise awareness about major K-12 data standards and interoperability initiatives and to offer recommendations for how K-12 education can become more responsive to educators and better targeted toward individual student success through these efforts. Join us at this interactive session to get an overview of this new work and to help shape future SETDA work on this increasingly important topic, including a focus on security/privacy issues and best practices in state/local procurement.


  • Doug Levin, SETDA, Executive Director
  • Christine Fox, SETDA, Director of Educational Leadership & Research

Out of Print: Reimagining the K-12 Textbook in a Digital Age

The SETDA report, “Out of Print” highlights the sea change underway in the multi-billion dollar U.S. K-12 instructional materials market enabled by recent technology and intellectual property rights innovations. With a focus on the ultimate impact on student learning, the report provides examples of lessons learned from recent digital and open (OER) content initiatives by leading states and school districts and offers comprehensive recommendations for government, industry, and educators to ensure that the inevitable shift to digital instructional materials improves student achievement and engagement and efficiently uses scarce resources. Come hear about states leading this shift – and offer your input and comments about ways we can work together to hasten it.


  • Doug Levin – SETDA, Executive Director
  • Geoff Fletcher – SETDA, Deputy Executive Director

Public Procurement – the view from the State House

A guided tour of public procurement processes from the perspective of Jeff Mao (ME) and Peter Drescher (VT). Hear from their perspective how the public procurement processes works, and learn about how you can more effectively respond to public sector RFPs. Jeff Mao has been the RFP administrator for the last two Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) RFPs which will provide 1:1 learning programs to over 120,000 students since 2006. Peter Drescher represented Vermont on the most recent MLTI RFP this winter that has established multi-state master contracts that any State can now leverage to support 1:1 computing programs.


  • Jeff Mao (ME) – Learning Technology Policy Director
  • Peter Drescher (VT) – Education Technology Coordinator

Technology Readiness for Common Core Assessment

SETDA is advising both of the two general assessment consortia, Smarter Balanced and PARCC, tasked with measuring the Common Core standards in 2014-15 on issues of technology readiness. While 33 states are already doing some amount of high-stakes online testing, for most states the implementation of PARCC and SBAC assessments will represent the first large- scale implementation of computer-based testing in their schools. Come hear the latest on the consortia’s technology readiness tool, guidance on instructional technology purchases, and about SETDA resources available on this important topic.


  • Doug Levin – SETDA, Executive Director
  • Geoff Fletcher – SETDA, Deputy Executive Director

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Technology Readiness Session – Sunday June 23, 2013

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Event Sponsors

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