Katie Gilligan

Congrats to our Partners at ETIN

This week’s post comes to us from Katie Gilligan, VP of Texthelp’s Professional Solutions division. She attended the SIIA ETIN Education Industry Summit earlier this month, and has put together a recap of some of the highlights of this event.

Educational technology removes barriers to access and improves learning for a growing population of ‘next gen’ learners. Students today are native tech users, and we all strive to understand the rapid changes in how technology is used in education.

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is an organization that helps connect the education industry and guides investment in new software and digital content.

SIIA’s Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) 2015 Education Industry Summit (EIS) wrapped up on May 5th, with over 300 senior education publishing executives in attendance. The summit offered a range of sessions designed to improve the quality and effectiveness of online learning programs.


SIIA CODiE group picture
Industry leaders were joined by leading educators in K-12 and higher education, along with education technology partners. These education partners brought important perspectives on what is working in the classroom today, and where educators and students need better resources to meet the challenges they are facing together.

An important and well-attended session on Universal Design for Learning  “Why is UDL Key for all Markets and Products?” was hosted by Steve Nordmark, Chief Academic Officer of Knovation, and featured Texthelp CEO Mark McCusker, Dr. James Basham of the University of Kansas, and Anna Johnson, Marketing Director of LocoMotive Labs.

The panel members and attendees discussed UDL guidelines and how education technology can play a significant role in improving learning outcomes by providing students with learning support. Attendees were encouraged to join the UDL Instructional Research Network to bring more industry support to this important work.

SIIA presentation
Texthelp was a proud sponsor of the EIS Innovation Incubator competition, which supports promising new companies and products that demonstrate valuable advances in online learning and assessment. Of the ten finalists in the competition, Texthelp’s PARCC formative assessment partner, OAT – TAO Testing, was runner up for Most Likely To Succeed.

Award winner
The SIIA ETIN EIS is also the host event for the Education CODiE awards, given to software and information companies for achieving excellence in innovation, vision, and overall industry impact.

Texthelp partners were well represented at the 2015 Education CODiE awards, with Discovery Education Social Studies TechBooks, Edgenuity EL/A and News2You all winning the coveted CODiE recognition. In addition to the winners, Edmentum Study Island was among the finalists for the CODiE award. These Texthelp partners are embedding Universal Design for Learning (UDL) reading and writing support tools from our Read&Write family of literacy and language support tools that offer improved access and learning outcomes to a wide range of students.

Find a full list of CODiE award winners here.

Did you attend ETIN 2015? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below!

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