• PDXedTech Meet & Greet

    Online event

    With the pandemic keeping everyone busy, it’s been tough to connect and trade stories about how it’s affecting all of us and the education technology industry.

    Well, now we have that chance! We’re scheduling a virtual meet & greet networking session. Here’s your opportunity to reconnect with colleagues, meet new faces, and get to know each other a bit more.

    To make the most of the time together, we'll focus on networking and connecting using fun activities to chat about challenges, opportunities, and possibilities! We'll start with a quick meet & greet where you’ll have a chance to chat briefly with others one-on-one to make quick connections. Then, we'll break up into smaller group chats based on shared interests and use activities to encourage everyone to further these conversations and connections.

    RSVP and get ready to meet and reacquaint yourself with peers working at the intersection of education and technology!

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  • Educator Panel: What Tech Works in the Classroom

    121 NW Everett St

    Our first meetup of the new year was one of the top requests in our 2019 survey: hearing from educators who know what tech is working in their classrooms (and why!).

    The panel of guest speakers includes:

    Bev Satterwhite - 5th grade teacher, Illahee Elementary School (Evergreen Public Schools)
    Ben Kort - Librarian/Media Specialist, Fircrest Elementary School (Evergreen Public Schools)
    Debra Hernanz - Technology Teacher, Oregon Episcopal School (Elementary school)

    Hosting the panel will be Tavia Clark who was previously a school librarian and a high school English teacher before becoming a Digital Learning Coach at the Friday Institute and now working as Content Developer for Clarity Innovations.

    Planned Agenda:
    6-6:15--Networking/ refreshments
    6:15-6:30--New folks introductions
    6:30-7pm--Panel discusion
    7-7:30--Networking/ refreshments

    NWEA has generously lent us their space. Bring your business cards (or post-its and a pen) and be ready to meet and reacquaint yourself with peers working at the intersection of education and technology. See you there!

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  • Designing with Student Privacy in Mind

    International Society of Tech

    Protect student data and build flexible tools that help teachers...how do you do both?

    This is the final meetup in our series on designing for education and we are focusing on designing products with student privacy in mind.

    Our guest speaker is Dan Siger, the VP of Engineering at Alma Technologies. Alma is a Student Information System (SIS) that handles visual report generation so teachers can easily make sense of data at a glance. Alma products allow teachers to plan instruction, input report cards, and generate state reports with ease.

    In designing the platform Dan's team at Alma has had to face to face student data issues head on. Come hear him share about his process and get your questions answered! Alma has also graciously sponsored some snacks and beverages for the event.

    Bring your business cards (or post-its and a pen) and be ready to meet and reacquaint yourself with peers working at the intersection of education and technology. See you there!

  • Designing Edtech Landscapes for Colleges

    Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

    This meetup is the third in our series on designing for education and it is focused on the higher education space.

    In addition to our usual networking and mingling we have a wonderful guest speaker, Trina Marmarelli, who is the Director or Instructional Technology Services at Reed College.

    Trina will speak about the opportunities and challenges for incorporating technology in teaching and learning at small liberal arts colleges in general (and at Reed College in particular). She will discuss the educational technology landscape at small liberal arts colleges, how she partners with faculty members and staff outside of IT to design curricular technology projects, and considerations she keeps in mind when she evaluates and adopts new technologies at the college level.

    Beverages and snacks at Lucky Lab will be provided by Clarity Innovations.

    Bring your business cards (or post-its and a pen) and be ready to meet and reacquaint yourself with peers working at the intersection of education and technology. See you there!

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  • Designing products for the International School Market

    Rubicon International

    Join us for our second meetup of the year to explore how to design products for the Education market. This meetups’ speaker is Theodore King, the Founder and CEO of Faria Education group whose edtech products include ManageBac Learning Platform for IB schools, Atlas curriculum management, and Open Apply for paperless admissions.Faria Education acquired Rubicon's Atlas Curriculum Management last year and is excited to join the thriving Edtech community in Portland.

    Faria has had significant success with the international education market including a compound annual growth rate of 61% since 2012 and a 4.59% churn rate, meaning people don’t tend to leave their products once they adopt them.

    Some of the questions we will discuss:

    Why did Faria chose the international school market as its main market to focus on?
    How did working with a diverse group of schools across the globe impact Faria’s approach to product design?
    What are the trends Faria sees in the international school market?

    As always, we love to meet new members so there will be networking and light refreshments courtesy of Faria before the program begins at 6:30.

    See you there!

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  • Nick Smith from Wacom: Designing Marketing strategy for Education

    Welcome in the new year with a look at designing marketing for education. Our speaker is Nick Smith, Sr. Manager of Marketing Strategy at Wacom. Previously at the Director of Marketing and Product Marketing at Learning.com, Nick has over ten years of experience working with education markets. His talk with tackle questions like:

    •What are the different niche markets in education I should be aware of?
    •How can I tailor my message and product to the education market?
    •What do I do when my message isn’t reaching the right people in education?

    Our host Wacom will also provide access to test out their interactive pen displays, pen tablets, and styluses so be prepared for some hands on exploration. As always, we love to meet new members so there will be networking and light refreshments courtesy of Wacom before the program begins at 6:30.

  • The future of Adult Education from Douglas Gastich, President of BlueVolt

    Join us for our third meetup in our three-part summer series on the future of education. At this meetup, Douglas Gastich, President of BlueVolt, will speak with us about how we can take what we know about adult corporate learning—from both a pedagogical and technological perspective—and apply it to K-12 and higher education policy and practices.

    We will enjoy refreshments from 6-6:30, hear from Doug around 6:30, and spend some time afterwards connecting with each other. Please join us for all or some of the event!

    BlueVolt is a Portland-based eLearning solutions company. In addition to its learning management system, the company offers a range of client-focused services, including course and curriculum development, strategic support, channel-training innovations, and software integrations designed to make learning a strategic asset.

    Doug will join us to answer these questions:

    • How has learning and teaching changed around the world in the last decade, and which policies, practices, and systems are making the biggest impact on learning?

    • What are the biggest opportunities for growth in the next 10 years?
    o From a career perspective?
    o From a market and industry perspective?
    o From a learning and teaching perspective?

    • How can we take what we know about “Adult Learners” and apply it to other areas of Learning and Teaching?

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  • Future Innovations that can have a Positive Impact on Learning and Teaching

    Join us for our second meetup in our three-part series on the future of education. At this meetup Jason Mendenhall, Chief Product Officer and Executive Vice President of Research at NWEA will speak with us about the future innovations that can most make a difference in learning and teaching in K-12 education.

    NWEA is a research-based, not-for-profit organization that supports students and educators worldwide by creating assessment solutions that precisely measure student achievement and growth and provide educators with insights intended to both improve education systems and instruction for each learner.

    • How has learning and teaching changed around the world in the last decade and which policies, practices, and systems are making the biggest impact on learning?

    • With all of the data privacy laws in education, to what extent can “Big Data” and artificial intelligence have an impact on the industry?

    • What are the biggest opportunities for growth in the next 10 years?
    o From a career perspective?
    o From a market and industry perspective
    o From a learning and teaching perspective?

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  • Kim Thanos CEO of Lumen Learning: The future of higher education

    Lumen Learning

    • Why has education been so slow to abandon expensive textbooks?
    • How can educators still find legitimate sources online when so much fake and unvetted information lives there?
    • What is the market of OER like today and how is it projected to change in the next 10 years?

    Kim Thanos, Founder and CEO of Lumen Learning, will speak with us about the future of learning materials in higher education. Lumen Learning’s mission is to enable unprecedented learning for all students. Lumen provides open educational resources (OER) to create well-designed and low-cost course materials that replace expensive textbooks. Come hear Kim’s thoughts on these questions in addition to questions you bring.

    As always, our meetups start with lots of networking with light refreshments before our talks begin (at 6:30p). See you there!

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  • Related Event: Reimagining Education: From Cradle to College

    McMenamins- Mission Theater

    Our friends at the Renaissance School of Arts & Science and Alder College Present:

    Reimagining Education: From Cradle to College
    Featuring a screening of Most Likely To Succeed

    REGISTER HERE: https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/8143320/most-likely-to-succeedall-ages-portland-mcmenamins-mission-theater

    Join us for a screening of the critically acclaimed documentary and stay for a discussion about the future of education.

    Most Likely to Succeed is a thought-provoking documentary feature film that reveals the growing shortcomings of conventional educational methods in today's innovative world. The film explores compelling new approaches that aim to revolutionize education as we know it, inspiring school communities to re-imagine what students and teachers are capable of doing.

    To date, the film has been screened by thousands of audiences around the world, igniting conversations and empowering change along the way. Join The Renaissance School and Alder College as we transform the future of education.

    We are excited to spark our collective will and passion towards educational metamorphosis.

    Watch the trailer or read the book: https://www.mltsfilm.org/

    Questions:
    Nicole Davis ([masked])
    Jen Schuberth ([masked])

    We encourage you to pre-purchase tickets as we're expecting a full house. Food and beverages available for purchase. All ages welcome!