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Wednesday, May 23 • 9:00am - 9:40am
How Startups And Educational Institutions Are Partnering To Enable A Plug-And-Play Ecosystem

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In the past few years, digital learning technologies have become mainstream for higher education institutions and K-12 school districts, with more than $12 billion spent on edtech in 2017 alone. With technology options rapidly evolving, educators and companies alike need to balance speed-to-market with durability of solutions. Standards help ensure that technology offerings are both 'future-proofed' and able to evolve over time. As a result, its more important than ever for technology leaders to understand (and be able to communicate) the critical role that standards play in the adoption, use, scaling and impact.  Join us for a lively session with industry thought leaders and entrepreneurs focused on edtech efficacy and credentialing, as we discuss how our industry can more rapidly deploy a plug-and-play ecosystem that works more seamlessly to instrument decision-makers and learners with the interoperable tools, metrics and credentials they need to advance.

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MJ Bishop

Associate Vice Chancellor and Director, William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation, University System of Maryland
Dr. MJ Bishop directs the University System of Maryland’s William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation, which was established in 2013 to enhance USM's position as a national leader in higher education transformation. The Kirwan Center conducts research on best practices, disseminates... Read More →
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Jonathan Finkelstein

CEO, Credly
Jonathan Finkelstein is founder and CEO of Credly, a credential service provider which enables organizations to recognize, reward and market skills, competencies and certifications. As founder of LearningTimes, Jonathan helped hundreds of mission-driven organizations produce and launch... Read More →
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Jason Palmer

General Partner, New Markets Venture Partners
Jason Palmer joined New Markets Venture Partners in 2016 as a General Partner. Jason brings twenty years of experience as an education technology entrepreneur, executive and investor, and focuses on fund strategy, supporting portfolio companies and leveraging deep connections... Read More →
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Karl Rectanus

CEO, LearnPlatform
Karl Rectanus is an educator, entrepreneur, advisor and the co-founder and CEO of Lea(R)n, a B Corp organization that produces LearnPlatform, the comprehensive edtech management system for educators and administrators to organize, streamline and analyze their classroom technology... Read More →
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Jenna Shaw

Instructional Technology Specialist, Baltimore City Public Schools
Jenna Shaw is an Instructional Technology Specialist under the Baltimore City Public School's Office of Special Education.  She is passionate about changing the educational landscape through innovative teaching practices, local and global connections, and technology integration... Read More →

Wednesday May 23, 2018 9:00am - 9:40am EDT
Grand Ballroom 1-5