Ed Tech Industry Summit to Focus on “Bridging K-12 and Postsecondary”

The ninth annual Ed Tech Industry Summit (ETIS), to be held May 6-8 at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco, will focus on “Bridging K-12 and Postsecondary.” The summit will feature topics on transitioning and leveraging edtech businesses from one marketplace to another. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to participate in sessions and speed networking, attend the Innovation Incubator Program Presentations and CODiE Awards Presentations, and meet the honorees of the 2012 Ed Tech Impact and Ed Tech Lifetime Achievement Awards.

During the conference, industry leaders will provide strategies, case studies, and success stories about best business practices on topics within the following tracks:

  • Gaming for Learning: Educator Feedback Forum; Online Games; Gaming and Research; Revenue Models for Education Games
  • Mobile Learning: Making Products Mobile; Mobile Markets: From 1:1 Programs to BYOD; Increasing Student Achievement
  • eBooks and eTextBooks: Developing eBooks and eTextBooks; Sales and Marketing Landscape; eBook ROI
  • Global Opportunities: Go Global, Think Local; Doing Business Overseas; International Success Stories
  • Hot Topics: Social Media Marketing; Cloud Computing; Effectively Communicating the Power of Ed Tech; EdTech Funding

SIIA recently announced workshops that will enable attendees to dig deeper into topics:

  • Games and Learning: A Voice of the Educator Feedback Forum
  • Doing Business in Malaysia: a NextGen eContent Workshop for Ed Tech Companies
  • Building a New Evidence Framework for Innovation and Excellence in Education -
  • U.S. Department of Education Focus
  • Media & Message Training Bootcamp
  • Shared Learning Infrastructure Workshop

In addition to the conference sessions, ETIS will feature two keynote presentations to further explore bridging K-12 and Postsecondary. The opening keynote will be presented by Ronald G. Dunn, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cengage Learning. He began this role in July 2007 when Thomson Learning, was acquired by Apax Partners and OMERS Capital Partners. Previously, he served as Chief Executive Officer of the Academic and International Group of Thomson Learning.

Tom Luna, Superintendent of Public Instruction for the Idaho State Department of Education, will deliver the second keynote presentation on Tuesday, May 8. In 2011, he worked with Idaho’s governor to pass one of the most comprehensive education reform packages in the nation to make every classroom a 21st Century Classroom, ensure every student has access to a highly effective teacher every year in school, and give parents immediate access to understandable information about their child’s school and district.


Karen BillingsKaren Billings is Vice President for the Education Division at SIIA.