MITEFPHX Presents Digital Education

Presented by MIT Enterprise Forum Phoenix and Arizona Commerce Authority Digital Education in 2013 and Beyond


Tuesday, February 26, 2013 5:30PM Networking and Digital Education Entrepreneur Showcase
6:30PM Digital Education Program 
Location: Scottsdale Resort Hilton, 6333 North Scottsdale Road Registration Required. Dinner Provided.


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Where is education leading us in 2013 and beyond? More than 6,000,000 students take online classes today. Yet, as technology advances, funding of online education for K-12 and Higher Ed can be complicated even controversial public policy. Where do we go from here? IT spending for K12 and HED is an estimated $19.8B and we are still in dire need of investments for digital content resources, online curriculum and eLearning applications. The transition for corporate learning is much further advanced, as most training today is delivered by online tools in real time with eLearning modules and blended with live instruction. Find out how we are managing learning in schools and in the office. Learn about the impact of mobility and how the cloud changing our access to content. Join us to explore what's new in digital education and how Arizona businesses are leading the transitions in digital education in the classroom and corporation.


PROGRAM OVERVIEW Join us for an engaging conversation about the trends and future of digital education. Rich Fennessy, President and CEO of eInstruction will share insights on the US funding environment for K-12. Is funding helping or hindering the adoption of technology in the classroom? With the pending[masked] school year adoption of the new Common Core State Standards, coupled with the requirement for computer-based assessment, many schools are determining how to best prepare for implementing these new digital initiatives. Funding is tight, but technology is needed to make this transition a success. Learn from John McKeever of StormWind how they are defining the current state of digital education. Arizona serial entrepreneur Tom Graunke's third learning business will show us how e-Learning and live learning and being transformed by digital media. Sari Factor, CEO of Edgenuity will share updates on the company's online and blended learning solutions. She was provide details on their market approach and providing solutions that help increase student success, empower teachers and enable schools and districts to meet their academic goals.   

Topics for discussion include:

  • What are the New Common Core State Standards
  • Computer Based Assessments for Schools
  • Funding for Digital Education in K-12
  • Trends in Corporate Digital Education
  • 21st Century Online Learning
  • Beyond the Classroom Walls

Featured Speaker: Rich Fennessy, President and CEO at eInstruction Rich Fennessy, a successful Fortune 500 CEO with 25 years international management experience, will detail the status of technology funding within the K-12 market across the United States and how technology is evolving to enable the migration of today's classrooms. He will provide recommendation on leveraging new and existing technology to create an integrated classroom that facilitates significantly higher levels of collaboration and engagement across all stages of the learning process. Rich is currently the President and CEO of eInstruction Corporation, an established, private equity-owned technology company in the complex and growing global education industry. eInstruction operates in 60 countries designing, developing, and delivering interactive software and hardware solutions. The company provides educators, corporations, and governments with the critical ability to drive classroom engagement, measure achievement, and implement enhanced learning experiences. Prior to joining eInstruction, Mr. Fennessy was President and CEO of SocialWhirled, Inc., an early stage, social media-based technology company. From[masked], Mr. Fennessy was President and CEO of Insight Enterprises, Inc., a Fortune 500 global Information Technology solutions company with 5,500 employees and operations in 22 countries. Presentations from Digital Education Innovators: StormWind is a Phoenix, Ariz. based company that brings live, interactive, HD video production to the world of eLearning. Using their proprietary technology, StormWind delivers interactive training that creates a truly personal and engaging classroom experience to achieve real knowledge transfer. StormWind uses cutting edge technology to provide custom HD online video training for enterprise clients for sales training, channel marketing and employee education. For more information visitwww.stormwind.com
Edgenuity, an Arizona-based company, is company of educators for educators who long ago saw the opportunity to leverage technology to improve access and academic outcomes for students, Edgenuity delivers curriculum and instruction through dynamic and highly qualified teachers. With 185 semester-long courses and growing, Edgenuity has already helped more than 1 million students in schools and districts across the country reach their academic goals. www.edgenuity.com

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CLICK HERE to meet our Entrepreneur Showcase Participants.  If you are an innovator in the digital education market, click here to learn more on how to participate in our showcase!

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