1EdTech Consortium Announces Breakthrough in Establishing an Open Architecture and Open Ecosystem to Enable Greater Innovation in Education and Learning
Inaugural Learning Impact Leadership Institute 2014 Highlights a New Era of Cooperation Among K-20 Institutions and Suppliers in Inventing the Future of Digital Educational Apps, Tools, Platforms and Resources
Lake Mary, Florida and New Orleans, Louisiana - May 6, 2014 – 1EdTech Global Learning Consortium (1EdTech/1EdTech) announced outstanding attendance and support for the inaugural Learning Impact Leadership Institute 2014 (Twitter #LI14) that opened today in New Orleans. The Learning Impact Leadership Institute is an evolved version of 1EdTech’s annual Learning Impact conference that began in 2007. The Leadership Institute focuses explicitly on developing the people and ideas that are going to help shape the future of educational technology. The sessions at the Leadership Institute combine the views of educational institutional and supplier leadership across K-20. There is also a unique emphasis on creating and sustaining positive change through discussions of new models for learning impact, the technologies that are needed to support those models and community development of a cross-supplier architecture and ecosystem to accelerate and sustain progress.
The 2014 Learning Impact Leadership Institute features participation from over 350 executives representing the institutions, school districts, states, and suppliers that are shaping the future. The Institute has also attracted 26 corporate sponsors and 11 institutional partners. The momentum of the 1EdTech community collaboration is evidenced by a cumulative total of over 305 conformance certifications granted to products implementing the cross-supplier architecture. The conformance certification rate in 2014 has been approximately 4 certifications per week, up from 2 per week in 2013. Momentum is further evidenced by the growth in the 1EdTech Global membership that now exceeds 240 of the world’s leading educational technology organizations – institutions and suppliers – across K-20.
1EdTech also announced during the opening session the first ever 1EdTech Developer’s Boot Camp for both institutional and supplier participants to take place August 20-21 at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor in conjunction with the 1EdTech quarterly meeting.
“Getting to where the education and learning technology sector needs to go in terms of innovation is only going to happen through a collective effort and shared investment across the entire ecosystem,” said Dr. Rob Abel, Chief Executive of 1EdTech. “It is great to see that a balanced critical mass of leaders, organizations and resources are rallying around an open architecture and joining the ecosystem – and making outstanding progress in terms of implementation and adoption.”
About 1EdTech Consortium (1EdTech)
1EdTech is a nonprofit organization that advances technology that can affordably scale and improve educational participation and attainment. 1EdTech members are leading suppliers, institutions and government organizations that are enabling the future of education by collaborating on interoperability and adoption initiatives. 1EdTech sponsors the Learning Impact Leadership Institute, a global program focused on recognizing the impact of innovative technology on educational access, affordability, and quality while developing the people and ideas that are going to help shape the future of educational technology.