Crossing Boundaries Path

For those who are interested in learning more about all aspects of edtech, from classroom innovation to market trends and everything in between the Cross Boundaries Path should be right for you! Choose sessions from this path to get a general overview of all elements of the edtech space.

*Please note that some times do overlap. It is up to you as a participant to choose what session you prefer.

Digital Learning Providers on the Market Landscape

Moderator: Brook Colangelo, CTO, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 
George Moore, Chief Technology Officer, Cengage; Curtiss Barnes, Managing Director of Product Management & Design Global Product, Pearson; Stephen Laster, Chief Digital Officer, McGraw Hill Education

Date: Thursday, February 2, 2017
Time: 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm

Publishers are now digital learning providers. They provide the curriculums, increasingly in a digital format, and often with adaptive learning and assessments. Many are now reporting greater than 50% digital sales, and providing tech platforms for learning. What do they consider their greatest assets for and challenges to growth? Will Open Educational Resources (OERs) erode the value of content? Are they building ecosystems of entrepreneurial companies to support their market approach?  

In this session, participants will:

  • Explore the pace of the market change from physical to digital
  • Identify the most valued digital components  
  • Examine the key challenges to growth as defined by the major digital learning providers
  • Evaluate key changes providers are making to their offerings and go to market strategies
Interoperability - The Next Frontier

Panelists: Stephen Laster, Chief Digital Officer, McGraw HillErin Mote,  Executive Director, InnovateEdu; Mike Baur, Program Officer, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

Date: Friday, February 3, 2017
Time: 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm

For personalized learning to reach its potential, students and teachers must be able to rapidly enter their digital learning environments, organize their work, readily access learning material at the right level, and interpret results data from multiple sources of software. Today this is often a complex, mostly manual task. This session will look at how schools and districts are likely to evolve to get to this vision.

In this session, participants will:

  • Identify the different information technology systems and software applications are communicating, exchanging information, and being used
  • Address what the most important challenges to interoperability are from the buyer’s perspective
  • Examine on the most relevant edtech standards
  • Explore concrete steps which buyers and providers can make to enable interoperability   
Learning Innovation Showcase

Please check out the Learning Innovation Showcase details on the website.

Makerspaces, the IoT and Coding

Panelists: Sue Cusack, Assistant Professor, Lesley University; Shay Pokress, Visiting Scholar, Wyss Institute at Harvard University; Brian Jordan, Software Engineer,

Date: Thursday, February 2, 2017
Time: 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm

Many schools are devising innovative approaches to bring coding into their curriculums.  Makerspaces can bring excitement to the STEM subjects;   new robots and languages are engaging  teachers and students and introduce coding to student before high school or college. In this session, meet the  innovators who are using makerspaces  to bring coding, robots, and the internet of things into their schools.  

In this session, participants will:

  • Explore the resources that exist for adding coding instruction  in K-12 schools
  • Outline tips and techniques from leading adopters
  • Identify links to specific courses and course material
  • Compare afterschool and in school approaches
Research: The Evidence Base and How to Use It

Moderator: Aubrey Francisco, Director of Research, Digital Promise

Panelists: Katrina Stevens, Former Deputy Director of the Office of Educational Technology, US Department of Education; Bi Vuong, Director of Proving Ground, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Steve Newton, Research Director, LearnLaunch Institute

Date: Friday, February 3, 2017
Time: 11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Educators are eager for a stronger evidence base on the efficacy of personalized learning products. This panel will address the state of research in the area of personalized learning, both from the perspective of adopting schools and creators looking at how to structure research.

In this session, participants will:

  • Examine research resources which are currently available
  • Explore piloting methodologies which can be used in schools
  • Review current findings of piloting research organizations
Startup Village
High School of the Future

Moderator: Andrew Joseph, CEO, School by Design
 Alec Resnick, Director, Powderhouse Studio; Eric Tucker, Co-Founder, Brooklyn Lab Charter School; William Thomas, Principal, Charlestown High C-Town Tech

Date: Thursday, February 2, 2017
Time: 11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Many educators are looking to remake high schools to better engage and educate students for the 21st century. What is the experience with early college high school, with new project based learning schools and other innovative approaches? This panel will bring innovative schools to share their experiences.  

In this session, participants will:

  • Explore the key design drivers of the innovators
  • Examine the time, talent, partnerships and dollars required to establish a super school
  • Identify the key technologies super schools are using
The ABCs of Instructional Design

Speaker: Bror Saxberg, Chief Learning Officer, Kaplan

Date: Friday, February 3, 2017
Time: 10:30 am – 11:15 am

As digital learning offerings have grown, so too has the demand for savvy instructional designers.  They must be experts in UI, UX, learning science, content, and project management. Bror Saxberg, the Chief Learning Officer of Kaplan, will show how learning science is applied to creation of effective learning environments, and explore how to become a better “learning engineer” and instructional designer.

In this session, participants will:

  • Examine how cognitive science can influence instructional design
  • Identify the critical components of designing a learning experience
  • Explore how continuous refinement can be implemented during instructional design process 
Tech Giants and the NextGen Classroom

Moderator: John Kim, Senior Lecturer of General Management, Harvard Business School
Panelists: Rob Rubin, Director of Microsoft Professional Degree, MicrosoftKaren Greenleaf, Head of Content, Google for Education

Date: Friday, February 3, 2017
Time 2:15 pm – 3:00 pm

The major platform providers – Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple and Amazon – are all active in education. They offer key operating systems and hardware, directory systems, productivity and collaboration software, and ecommerce platforms. Their offerings in education specific software are increasingly rich: spanning learning management systems and content management systems. How are platform providers supporting entrepreneurs, content creators, and tool providers? How does free vs. paid content fit into their ecosystems? What are intersection points for commercial and non-profit education companies? Can deep integration support student learning?

In this session, participants will:

  • Explore evolutionary trends from educational software platforms and leading tech companies
  • Address platform evolution from device management to LMS and workflow management
  • Identify how the platform providers attract content
  • Examine what acquisitions have been made by tech giants and explore their future direction
The Promise of Intelligent Adaptive Learning

Moderator: David Dockterman, Chief Architect of Learning Sciences for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Panelists: Liz Brooke, Chief Education Officer, Lexia Learning and Rosetta Stone; Tim Hudson, VP of Learning, Dreambox; Al Essa, VP of Research and Data Science, McGrawHill Education

Date: Thursday, February 2, 2017
Time: 10:30 am – 11:15 am

Intelligent Adaptive Learning (IAL) promises to increase student achievement by applying proven learning theory to individual student learning. Students are placed at individual levels of development, proceed at their own pace, experience rewards for learning, and repeat work as needed. Spaced repetition can be applied as appropriate. Educators are provided with rich formative data so they can create groups or individual conferences to further student learning.

During this session, participants will:

  • Explore how educators are using IAL systems
  • Identify the challenges in selecting and implementing IAL systems
  • Review the research that provides evidence of impact on student achievement
  • Construct a better understanding of the challenges and benefits of IAL
Trends in Simulations

Moderator: Bill Triant, VP Strategic Partnerships and Investment, Pearson  
Mark Atkinson, CEO, Mursion; David Martz, VP Business Development, Authess; Kristine Erwin, Biology & Chemistry Teacher, St. John’s Prep

Date: Friday, February 3, 2017
Time: 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm

Simulations have long been used by air pilots and the military to train for complex situations. In the past, simulations were only available and affordable for the most life-saving applications. Today, according to Simba Research, simulations are one of the hottest areas of growth in edtech. This could mean that change is in the air and that simulation tools with be available soon to more learners and less cost. Or, not.

In this session, participants will:

  • Explore what the leaders of training simulation companies are seeing in terms of change and trends
  • See brief demonstrations of simulations for education and training
  • Address the value of simulations for learning and for performance assessment
  • Examine the cost parameters for creating or using simulations
  • Identify what areas are most ripe for adopting simulations
When Will Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality be Ready for Education?

Panelists: Jeff Jacobsen, CEO, Enterprise VR, Felipe Somers, CEO, NearPod, Arthur Baraf, Principal, The Met

Date: Friday, February 3, 2017
Time: 2:15 pm – 3:00 pm

Pokemon Go burst onto the scene this past summer and gave many a taste of augmented reality. How do leading thinkers believe augmented and virtual reality will be applied in education? Is this the cutting edge of new ways to engage students….or is it too far off to pay attention to?

In this session, participants will:

  • Hear from visionaries on their views on the potential of virtual and augmented reality
  • Explore what researchers who are more reserved in their forecasts are saying
  • Examine entrepreneurial challenges of working at the cutting edge of tech