2015 Emerging Technologies Forum & Annual Business Meeting

 Event Details

  • Date: June 26-June 29, 2015
  • Location: Philadelphia, PA
  • Venue: Loews Philadelphia Hotel
    1200 Market Street
    Philadelphia, PA, 19107
    Phone: 215-627-1200

All ET Forum conference events will take place at the Lowes Hotel


Hotel Information

For more information on how to register for a room, please visit the ET Forum page on SETDA Connects (log in required).


Become an Event Sponsor

Learn more about Sponsorship Opportunities to engage with our state members at the ET Forum. Additional details about our State Speed Meeting event are available here.


SETDA’s annual Emerging Technologies Forum (ET Forum) provides a venue for SETDA’s state members and the private sector to engage in meaningful dialogue. Companies showcase their products and services and the SETDA members, representing the state departments of education, highlight their major initiatives and priorities. The ET Forum is attended by an average of 75 state members representing the educational technology leadership from no fewer than 42 states, as well as the corporate community represented by SETDA’s annual private sector partners and ET Forum event sponsors.

Become an Event Sponsor

Learn more about Sponsorship Opportunities to engage with our state members at the ET Forum. Additional details about our State Speed Meeting event are available here.

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 Event Details


Attendee Key

purple_button20X20 State Members

Platinum_button-1 Platinum Partner

gold_button Gold Partner

Affiliate_button_A Affiliates

green_button_E1-20x20 Emerging Partner, Year 1

green_button_E2_20X20 Emerging Partner, Year 2

light_blue Channel Partner

red_button Event Sponsor

State Members may attend every activity except the Corporate PD sessions.


Sponsorship Opportunities

SETDA offers organizations and companies  sponsorship opportunities  at our in person events. To learn more review the SETDA Emerging Technologies Sponsorship Opportunities and contact Melissa Greene at mgreene@setda.org or 202-715-6636 x703.



Friday, June 26, 2015

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

  • Board Meeting – Roberts Board Room 33rd Floor

12:30 – 6:00 pm

  • ET Forum Registration – Regency Foyer

1:00 – 2:15 pm

  • Membership Meeting Regency B purple_button20X20Affiliate_button_A

2:30 – 3:30 pm

  • Emerging Private Sector Partners Lightning Round Demo
    – Regency B

3:30 – 4:30 pm

  • Emerging Private Sector Partners Showcase for State Members
    – Regency A

4:30-5:00 pm 

  • Emerging Private Sector Partners Showcase
    Gold/Platinum Private Sector Partners and Channel Partners
    – Regency A

4:45 – 6:45 pm

  • Speed Meeting Sessions – Regency B

5:30 – 6:30 pm

  • Maximizing Channel Sales – Roberts Board Room 33rd Floor
    Emerging Private Sector Partners Only

7:00 – 9:00 pm

  • Opening Product Showcase Reception – Millennium Hall

Saturday, June 27, 2015

8:00 am – 2:00 pm

  • ET Forum Registration – Regency Foyer

8:00 – 8:45 am

  • Welcome &  SETDA’s New Digital Learning Resources – Regency B
    (Breakfast Provided) purple_button20X20Affiliate_button_APlatinum_button-1gold_buttonlight_bluegreen_button_E1-20x20green_button_E2_20X20

9:00 – 10:00 am

  • State R & D Focus Group Session I  purple_button20X20Affiliate_button_A
    • Amazon – Washington B
    • Amplify – P1
    • Sprint – Washington A
    • Riverbed – Franklin
    • Smart – Anthony
  • Corporate PD: Digital Instructional Materials – Tubman
    Facilitator: Lan Neugent, Interim Executive Director, SETDA

9:30 – 5:30 pm

  • Emerging Private Sector Partners Workshop – Washington C light_bluegreen_button_E1-20x20green_button_E2_20X20(Lunch Provided)

10:15 – 11:15 am

  • State R & D Focus Group Session II  purple_button20X20Affiliate_button_A

    • BrainPop – Washington B
    • CDWG – Franklin
    • ENA – Washington A
    • Samsung – P1
  • Corporate PD: Federal Policy Update – Tubman Platinum_button-1gold_buttongreen_button_E2_20X20
    Facilitator: Lan Neugent, Interim Executive Director

11:30 – 12:45 pm

  • Networking Luncheon – Regency B

1:00 – 2:00 pm

  • State R & D Focus Group  Session III  purple_button20X20Affiliate_button_A

    • AT&T – Franklin
    • Microsoft – Washington B
    • Symbaloo – Washington A
    • Texas Instruments – P1
  • Corporate PD: So All Can Learn: UD and UDL – Tubman  Platinum_button-1gold_buttongreen_button_E2_20X20Facilitator: Mindy Johnson, Instructional Designer, CAST

2:15 – 3:15 pm

  • State R & D Focus Group Session IV  purple_button20X20Affiliate_button_A

    • Google for Education – Washington B
    • Learning.com – Franklin
    • Qualcomm – Washington A
    • Stactual – P1
  • Corporate PD: Helping Clients support Digital Learning – Tubman Platinum_button-1gold_buttongreen_button_E2_20X20
    Facilitator: Christine Fox, Director of Educational Leadership and Research, SETDA

3:15 – 3:30 pm Break

3:30 – 4:45 pm

Digital Instructional Materials – Washington A
Blended Learning Trends – Washington B
Educator Effectiveness – Franklin
BYOT: Bring Your Own Topic – Anthony

Dinner on Your Own

7:00 – 9:00 pm

Sunday, June 28, 2015

7:30 – 8:00 am

  • Breakfast – Regency B

8:15 – 9:45 am

  • Platinum R & D Focus Groups

    • Apple – Regency C1
    • ESRI – Regency A
    • Intel – Regency C2

10:00 am – 11:45 am

  • Concurrent Breakout Discussion Sessions
    • Pearson R &D Focus Group Regency C1
    • Procurement of Digital Instructional Materials (10:00 am – 11:45 am )  – Regency A
    • State Leaders Broadband Implementation Consortia – Regency B
      (10:00 – 2:15 pm – including working lunch)

12:00 pm – 2:15pm

  • Lunch on Your Own
  • Optional Speak Up Luncheon, Washington C
    (12:00 – 2:00 pm) – Registration required
  • State Leaders Broadband Implementation Consortia
    Luncheon – Regency B
    (invitation/registration required session runs 10am – 2:15pm)

2:30 – 4:30 pm

  • Annual  Business Meeting – Regency B purple_button20X20

4:30 – 5:15 pm 

  • Board of Directors Meeting (board members only) – Regency A

6:00 – 8:30 pm

  • State Members Dinner  – Meet in Hotel Lobby purple_button20X20Affiliate_button_A

R2L Restaurant
50 South 16th Street (37th Floor)
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Monday, June 29, 2015

State Members Only

7:30 – 8:15 

  • Breakfast and Committee Meetings (Continental Breakfast)  – Regency B

8:15 – 10:00

  • U.S. Department of Education (ED) Discussion Session  – Regency B

    • Richard Cullata, Director, Office of Educational Technology, ED

10:00 – 10:15 am

  • Break

10:15 – 12:00 pm

  • eRate Modernization Workshop FCC – Regency B purple_button20X20Affiliate_button_A
    Lisa Hone, Associate Bureau Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau, Federal Communications Commission

12:15 – 2:45

  • Future Ready Focus Group Luncheon – Regency C (registration required) purple_button20X20


  • Lunch on Your Own

Optional SETDA Partner Events

  • Sunday, June 28, 1:00-2:00 pm: Speak-Up Luncheon (registration required via SETDA registration)
  • Monday, June 29, 8:30–9:30 am: [Listen and Learn : Panel at ISTE] Roadmap to 21st Century Learning Environments
  • Monday June 29, 12:00 – 2:30 Future Ready Focus Group Luncheon (registration required via SETDA registration – state members only)

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Views from the States Concurrent Sessions

The goal of these sessions is to provide state members and our Private Sector Partners the opportunity to have a free flowing dialogue, share examples and provide one another feedback. The format of the sessions is designed to be a combination of “open lab” meets “office hours” so there will not be any formal presentations however, SETDA will coordinate facilitators and a key state leader to help with the session’s flow.

Please prepare for this session by considering:

  • One example from your state (or a state you work in) related to this topic. This may be state level implementation and/or district or school implementation.
  • One question you have for other states and/or Private Sector Partners related to this topic.


  • Digital Instructional Materials
  • Blended Learning Trends
  • Educator Effectiveness
  • BYOT: Bring Your Own Topic*


*Similar to an unconference session participants in this session have the opportunity to discuss a topic of importance to their work.

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Event Sponsors


Bestbuy logo Best Buy Education makes easier than ever to give students the tech tools they need to succeed. Our dedicated Account Managers will consult with you, offer knowledgeable, unbiased advice and guide you to the product and service solutions that best meet your needs and budget.

Company Contact: Gregg Forsberg, Vice President | gregg.forsberg@bestbuy.com

Canvas_color  Canvas by Instructure is the LMS that gets used. Canvas connects teachers, tools, ideas,   and students, and then stays out of the way. With all the built-in features you need and the integrations you want, Canvas makes teaching and learning easier, enabling you to take education to a higher level. http://www.instructure.com

Company Contact: Rob Mayfield, Marketing Event Coordinator |  rmayfield@instructure.com



A wholly owned subsidiary of CDW (NASDAQ: CDW), CDW Government (CDW-G) is a leading provider of technology solutions to education, government and healthcare customers.  The company features dedicated K-12 account managers to help districts choose the right technology products and services to meet their needs.  The company’s solutions architects and engineers offer expertise in designing customized solutions, while its advanced technology engineers assist districts with the implementation and long-term management of those solutions.  From network communications and notebooks to virtualization and mobility, CDW-G is dedicated to providing the best possible solutions and resources to its customers. www.CDWG.com

Company Contact: Pete Koczera K12 Business Development Manager  | pete.koczera@cdwg.com



Comcast Business offers Internet, Ethernet, Voice and TV for government, education, and business. Comcast Business has one of the most sophisticated networks in the country, and was named the Metro Ethernet Forum’s 2013 North American Service Provider of the Year. Built for business, customers value the diverse, private network and 24×7 dedicated business support. http://business.comcast.com


Company Contact: Mike Thibodeaux, Regional Director of Sales |  Michael_Thibodeaux@cable.comcast.com

commonsenseeducationCommon Sense Education provides teachers and schools with free research-based classroom tools to help students harness technology for learning and life. Our K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum and interactive games teach students how to make safe, smart, and ethical decisions in the digital world. And our revolutionary educational rating system,Graphite, helps educators discover, use, and share high-quality digital products that propel student learning.https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators

Company Contact: Jeff Mao, Senior Director, Learning Solutions | jmao@commonsense.org

Brightspace.colorD2L A global leader in EdTech, D2L is the creator of Brightspace, the world’s first integrated learning platform. The company partners with thought-leading organizations to improve learning through data-driven technology that helps deliver a personalized experience to every learner, regardless of geography or ability. D2L’s open and extensible platform is used by more than 1,100 clients and almost 15 million individual learners in higher education, K–12, healthcare, government, and the enterprise sector—including Fortune 1000 companies. The company has operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Brazil, and Singapore. www.brightspace.com | www.D2L.com

Company Contact: Anna Forgione, General Counsel | Anna.forgione@d2l.com

eDynamic Logo_vertical - WEB ResolutioneDynamic Learning is a leading online career and elective course provider.eDynamic Learning began five years ago when Kevin Viau, a high school teacher, frustrated by the lack of quality online career and elective courses available to high schools, decided he could offer better options.In five years, eDynamic Learning has grown to become a industry recognized specialty curriculum provider, delivering a selection of over 50 courses to schools across North America.eDynamic Learning is passionate about providing students with access to exciting and engaging subjects that are not available in many traditional high school settings.  Our most popular high school course topics include Forensic Science, Gothic Literature and Culinary Arts.We are always looking for partners to help us give K-12 students a more personalized learning experience through offering a wide variety of career and elective options. http://edynamiclearning.com

Company Contact: Kevin Viau, CEO & Founder |

ffl-logo-large Funds For Learning® is a professional firm specializing in the federal E-rate funding program. Our mission is to provide high-quality consulting and support services for the needs of E-rate program participants. We consult with clients to help them understand, effectively utilize, and maintain compliance with E-rate rules and regulations. We help prepare and submit paperwork, and we interact with program administrators on our clients’ behalf. Additionally, Funds For Learning is the developer of an award-winning web-based service called E-rate Manager. This tool helps program participants prepare and organize their paperwork and stay on top of all their E rate information. E-rate Manager provides easy access to Form preparation wizards, historical E-rate funding data, and on-demand E-rate training modules. The service comes in two varieties ‐ one for applicants and one for service providers. https://www.fundsforlearning.com/

Company Contact: Alfred Njuguna, Information Services Specialist |  info@fundsforlearning.com

Microsoft_logo_website Microsoft works with local, national, and international education communities to create technology, tools, programs, and solutions that help address education challenges, while improving teaching and learning opportunities. We believe that the evolving demands of the global economy make education vital to sustainable social and economic success. We also believe that education is a fundamental human right and is the single most important investment in the future of individuals, communities, the nation, and the world. We hope that technology can help extend powerful new education opportunities to millions of people. Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/education/default.aspx#fbid=t-amfTmU-a3

Company Contact: Cameron Evans, Chief Technology Officer | Cameron.Evans@microsoft.com

MIND logo- high res MIND Research Institute is dedicated to ensuring that all students a mathematically equipped to solve the world’s mostchallenging problems. We strive to achieve this through our distinctive visual math and problem-solving instructionalsoftware program for schools, and by conducting basic neuroscience, mathematics and education research. www.mindresearch.org

Company Contact: Tim Lum, Director, Education Outreach | tlum@mindresearch.org

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Corporate Professional Development

Digital Instructional Materials 9:00 – 10:00 am

Facilitator: Lan Neugent, Interim Executive Director, SETDA
As predicted in SETDA’s groundbreaking resource, Out of Print: Reimagining the K-12 Textbook in the Digital Age, k-12 schools continue to expand their use of digital instructional materials for student learning. Attend this session to learn about how some states have enacted laws that support use of digital materials and funding to purchase this resources. SETDA has published several papers concerning open educational resources and highlights from those papers will be shared. Also, SETDA is in the process gathering information to determine the national status of policy changes and funding availability for digital learning resources. Discussion will focus on gathering input and reactions to this initiative.

Federal Policy Update 10:15 – 11:15 am

Facilitator: Lan Neugent, Interim Executive Director
This has been an very active year so far for educational technology issues within the Obama administration and Congress. The President included $200 million in technology funding within his budget, EETT in another format (i-TECH) is included in draft ESEA reauthorization, several bills have been introduced in the House and Senate to protect student data privacy. In addition, the e-rate program has been modernized and ED has been Future Ready Summits, that are being held in cities across the nation, are underway. Attend this session and learn about these federal initiatives and contribute to the discussion about their impact on student’s education.

So All Can Learn: UD and UDL 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Facilitator: Mindy Johnson, Instructional Designer, Social Media & Communications Strategist, CAST
Developers of educational technology products face significant challenges. The product has to address an important need while providing a user experience that is engaging, useful, supportive, challenging and fully accessible to all learners right from the start.

This session will address the critical intersection of product accessibility and learning: Universal Design and Universal Design for Learning. Please note that this session will provide more of a “what and why” orientation than “how” that may be accomplished technically.

Helping Clients support Digital Learning 2:15 – 3:15 pm

Facilitator: Christine Fox, SETDA Director of Educational Leadership & Research
As states, districts and schools work to shift to fully integrated digital learning environments, education leaders need to plan strategically to best prepare for quality digital educational experiences. Leaders from the private sector have the opportunity to help guide administrators in the planning process. This session will explore SETDA resources including the Guide to Implementing Digital Learning and the State Digital Learning Exemplars and how these tools can be leveraged to support PSP work in free resources to support school and district leaders as they work to ensure that investments in digital learning spark positive results.

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