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EdTech Adoption in K-12 Market

  • Mar 20, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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Knowing a product will benefit the classroom is only one step to EdTech success. How does one best assess, adopt and implement edtech tools? What are strategic areas in need of innovation in K-12?

Come hear from a star-studded panel about how ed tech tools are tested, adopted and renewed in K-12 schools:

  • Michael Wacker-- Blended and Professional Learning Manager, Denver Public Schools
  • Lynn Gersham--Lead Superteacher, Denver Public Schools
  • Diane Lauer--Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Thompson School District
  • Julie Bowline--Director of Instructional Technology, Adams 12 Five Star District
  • Kim McMonagle, Director of Educational Technology, Douglas County School District
  • Joe McBreen, CIO, St. Vrain Valley School District

Teachers, we want your input too - please come and share your opinions and feedback!

(Next month, we'll focus on higher ed)


Capacity is limited for this event, so RSVP to claim your spot! We'll have a waiting list if we go over, and notify you as spots are available. Thanks to Galvanize, one of our sponsors, for use of their swank new space!

Free parking around Galvanize after 6pm. Alcohol must be purchased through Galvanize's bar. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages provided by SparkWorks and HireEducation.



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  • Noah A T.

    June 14, 2013

  • Noah A T.

    Thank you to all the speakers -- very useful to hear about the challenges you're facing and the creative ways you're handling them. To me, the most sobering comment was that the computer lab has become an assessment lab in some schools. I also was struck by the different opinions on the importance of using robust programs that can link into databases--some speakers were so frustrated at programs that can't, others said that it's a waste of energy. Seems like the enthusiasm for data-driven instruction is butting heads with the reality of resources and what teachers actually need and can do day-to-day.

    On a separate note, if anyone is interested in learning about interactive video, I've finished a project and for the price of a cup of coffee, I'm happy to share what I've learned about the software and development process:

    March 29, 2013

  • Dallas

    Fantastic discussion last week. Really enjoyed hearing the expertise of the panelists as well as the discussion from the group.

    Please take a look at our discussion post about The Monkey Zone's upcoming Kickstarter campaign:

    March 25, 2013

  • Elan

    This meeting was very informative. Thank you for putting it together. I look forward to the next meeting, and am willing to drive to Boulder if available that night.

    March 25, 2013

  • Morey B.

    I am working with Tony Jiron, a dedicated Boulder High School computer science teacher who is bringing some fun into his classroom with his students designing and prototyping some fun brain games that deal with financial literacy. In a project cosponsored by the Boulder Valley Credit Union and ScholarDollars, Mr. Jiron needs some mentors for his students. A commitment of an hour or two a week from 2:30 til 3:30 PM between now and May 9th will be great, when we'll have a GameFest to celebrate their work and award one team a very special prize. Depending on the success of the effort, the top game may be published by Cerulean Games, a Ft. Collins professional game developer.

    We anticipate growing the program district-wide next year; we're working this summer to include the Financial Management, Graphic Arts and Music classes into an interdisciplinary teaming project curriculum.

    Please drop me a note if you can help: [masked].

    Thanks in advance!

    Cheers, Morey

    March 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sent out a few notes on linked in, hope someone responds.

      1 · March 5, 2013

    • Morey B.

      Sorry I missed chatting with you last night Lisa. We'll have to get together at the next meetup. Thanks again for your help! The project's going well.

      March 21, 2013

  • Jill

    Great discussion and interesting panel!

    March 21, 2013

  • Clare M.

    Informative and interesting Meetup! Since so many mentioned the need to give students opportunities to create, I thought I'd share an article that I found interesting - a quick read with 5 key points. Innovation: Five Keys to Educating the Next Generation of Leaders

    March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow, what a great lineup of speakers. Thanks to all for so candidly sharing your experiences with ed, tech, procurement, team building. Here is the Learn More About Climate site I mentioned, with free videos for you to use however is most helpful (feedback welcome!)

    The Colorado Biology Teachers' Association symposium on 4/20 about climate change agenda and details are here:

    March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks everyone for a great meetup, especially our esteemed panel!

    Announcements & Opportunities:
    1. UC Boulder has a great new climate program available free to schools and teachers.

    2. DTSSP and St Vrain are looking for great ed tech people to join their teams! Look on their HR boards or keep an eye out for postings via EdSurge.

    3. The Monkey Zone (run by one of our members, Dallas Bluth) will be doing a Kickstarter Campaign. Keep your eyes peeled for ways to support ed tech!

    4. Consider voting to help a local company get into the Kaplan EdTech Accelerator:

    March 21, 2013

  • Steve B.

    Great information and insight!

    March 20, 2013

  • Craig M.

    Fantastic cast of panel participants. Can't imagine a better group.

    March 20, 2013

  • Ben W.

    My kids just got strep. Not so great on the timing. I am super excited to hear about the event from folks who do attend, though.

    March 20, 2013

  • Robert H.

    Sorry - I had to go out of town unexpectedly.

    March 19, 2013

  • Susan Van G.

    Sadly, I will now be out of town and can no longer attend. Have a great meeting...

    March 18, 2013

  • Mark P.

    Hey everybody. We haven't had a meeting in a while, so just wanted to make sure that everybody notes the new location!

    March 18, 2013

    • Craig M.

      Yay! Looking forward to seeing the space everyone's been talking about. Also looking forward to hearing from the panel you've assembled... you have some superheros on that list, you know.

      March 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have to travel for a business trip so this spot is available for someone on the waitlist.

    March 16, 2013

  • Kim c.

    I regret that I have to cancel due to another commitment. I hope to attend the next meeting.

    March 6, 2013

  • Ashish K.

    Looks like I won't be able to make it due to another engagement. Hopefully someone on waitlist can make it.

    March 5, 2013

  • Julia

    Oops, looks like I'm too late. Is there a waiting list for this meetup? I'd love to attend.

    March 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes, wait list started.

      March 4, 2013

  • Christopher K.

    I live in Boston so I am unable to attend.

    However, have you thought about having a Meetup sometime between April 17 - 20. The National Council of Teaching Math (NCTM) is having their national conference in Denver during these days and several ed tech companies are participating.

    March 1, 2013

  • Craig M.

    Yay. Thanks Janet and Mark!

    February 27, 2013

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