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In hipster-geek heaven at SXSWedu 2013

SXSWedu started this week and it's come a long way in its short lifetime.
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T&L Advisor Guest post by Carl Hooker, Director of Instructional Technology, Eanes Independent School District

I'm in the midst of hipster-geek heaven. SXSWedu started this week and it's come a long way in its short lifetime. This conference started three years ago in a hotel at the University of Texas campus. Back then it felt like a mix of sessions thrown together at the last minute and just tagged with the "SXSW" moniker. Fast-forward to 2013 and this event is finally starting to have the feel of what SXSW truly embodies. Sessions are voted on by the masses and the range of topics have expanded from K-12 to a much broader focus on education in general. At the LaunchEdu event, start-up companies have a chance to pitch their Ed-related product ideas. Other additions this year that give it that an unconference feel are the informal learning spaces including several different lounges, a Fab Lab, and something called "Makerspace." They've even introduced a film component to the event this year with regular education-related films being shown at the local theater. While it's clear this is still not SXSW (as noted by all the construction taking place to prepare for Friday's launch of that event), this conference is now really starting to look and feel like its namesake.



CatchOn Launches First Edtech Accountability Platform at SXSWedu promo image

CatchOn Launches First Edtech Accountability Platform at SXSWedu

DALLAS (March 7, 2017) – Addressing the education app “sprawl” occurring in school systems, CatchOn launched a public beta of the first accountability platform for classroom technology today at SXSWedu. The platform delivers data-driven evidence about which apps are being used, how often they’re being used and where they’re being used. Early adopters have already tapped into CatchOn to inform decisions about technology investment and implementation.

SXSWedu: Renaissance Launches “Renaissance Growth Platform” promo image

SXSWedu: Renaissance Launches “Renaissance Growth Platform”

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (March 6, 2017) – Renaissance®, the leader in K-12 learning analytics, announces that nearly 20 million students—one-third of United States schools—are actively using its innovative, ground breaking Renaissance Growth Platform™. The platform integrates the company’s award winning portfolio: Renaissance Star360® assessment solutions, the Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360® reading practice solution, and the Renaissance Accelerated Math® practice solution. “Over a four-year period we conducted exhaustive research and interviewed hundreds of educators and learned that many of them are struggling to accurately measure student growth on a daily basis,” said Mark Angel, chief technology officer at Renaissance. “We also confirmed that they want to differentiate and personalize instruction, but it’s difficult for them to do so in a way that’s scalable in the classroom. Our Growth Platform makes both of these goals attainable for educators by allowing them to set goals and monitor student progress with greater efficiency.” Released at the beginning of 2017, the Renaissance Growth Platform was built with three things in mind: flexibility, efficiency and usability. In parallel to building the Growth Platform, Renaissance rebuilt its complete portfolio to take advantage of the platform’s robust, scalable architecture. The power of the complete integrated suite manifests in several ways, including a workflow engine that allows educators to manage and deliver all assignments from Star assessments to Accelerated Reader 360 and Accelerated Math practice through a simple-to-use student inbox.