Cutting-Edge Ed Tech: The Scene at TransformingEDU 2015

Augmented reality, memory tracking, coding, personal portfolios, open platforms: if you missed TransformingEDU 2015 you missed the discussion of these leading edge technologies impacting education today.

On January 8, 2015 leaders from the public and private sector joined to demonstrate, share and discuss the innovations and issues facing K-20 educators and administrators at TransformingEDU, marking the largest and most widely attended educational technology event at the International CES in Las Vegas.

No other event like TransformingEDU at the International CES keeps K-20 education at the center of the high-tech discussion. Interested in speaking, sponsoring or attendance info fro 2016 TransformingEDU in Las Vegas?  Contact Kerry Goldstein, Producer, at [email protected].

Here’s a summary of the hot topics from TransformingEDU 2015:

McGraw-Hill Education CEO David Levin kicked off the day by outlining some trends around ed tech especially in the areas of mobility, open platforms and measureable outcomes. Levin shared some key industry statistics like the fact that 51% of students study on a smartphone, 85% say adaptive learning technology helped them achieve their grades, and that overall 88% of faculty who agree technology has an impact are supportive of its use.
“Technology will help…If implemented in a joined up and open way with faculty and students, pedagogy, content, privacy, infrastructure…It’s not a silver bullet,”
David Levin, Chief Executive Officer, McGraw-Hill Education
Levin’s point about adaptive technology was spot on, as two tech leaders announced a new partnership at TransformingEDU: the memory and adaptive learning platform leader Cerego and new collaborative MOOC provider EdCast. Both companies shared the high-tech details on how their tools work together for a new effective learning tool.  Check out the session here.
MOOCs were in town talking about the morphing of their industry and offerings, while other leaders in higher ed such as Kaplan University Innovations Group and University Ventures giving attendees the run down on shifts in the technology and market serving the higher ed scene. Check out the report card on online higher ed here
There certainly was no shortage on the hardware and mobile tools being used in K-20, as companies like Intel, I Think Write, Verizon Foundation, UPM, Toca Boca and AppJam+ shared details on the use of gaming, coding and other tools on leading campuses. Check out the session on Mobility trends as well as Hardware and New Tech Movements.
University 3.0 session grabbed a lot of attention as the University of Chihuahua and Cengage Learning of Latin America shared their use of the emerging tech such as augmented reality and immersive reality tools in their classrooms.

And, companies like McGraw-Hill, Pathbrite, Versal, and Kaplan’s Open College showed what it’s like to be a pioneer stepping outside of the box to apply technologies ahead of the curve with inventive uses in math labs, personal portfolios, teacher course-building widgets and the latest in terms of degree-building resources. Check it out here.

So what can we look to for our 2016 show and beyond? Well, we heard from Howard Tullman of 1871 and Eric Dirst from Devry Online Services who are working together to incubate the newest ed tech companies in their new partnership. Learn more about the partnership in their unique one-on-one session.

We also got to “look into the crystal ball” with Adobe, Minerva Project, Hobsons, Symplicity, and American InterContinental University to get a taste of what can be expected in tech usage and trends on the K-20 scene. Get a glimpse here.

2015 Sponsors

2015 Speakers