Observations from TCEA and GEPS

In an occasional series, PreK-12 Learning Group staff will offer their observations from industry events. Jo-Ann McDevitt, Strategic Partnerships Executive, shares her observations from both the Microsoft Global Education Partner Summit (GEPS) and TCEA.

Technology and partnerships dominate the conversation at education industry events, but McDevitt noted that quality content is still in high demand as schools continue to transition to digital classrooms.

Observations

  • Over 360 worldwide partners and 165 education publishers and content providers convened at the Redmond Campus for Microsoft’s annual meeting to review their 2015-2016 education strategic goals and to hear new product announcements. The sessions were informative not only on their new and updated products, but they also provided insights into global education market trends. Microsoft’s commitment to education is mandated by their new CEO, Satya Nadella, who is making education a priority in every product line. What is even equally impressive is Microsoft’s continued willingness to partner with educational publishers. David Langridge, WW Senior Partner for Publishers and Content Solutions, made this clear in his presentations and discussions throughout the event.
  • TCEA’s theme was #learnanywhere, and it had 11,000 attendees, 700 presentations, and over 400 exhibitor companies. It is one of the largest statewide tech conferences; many attendees said they will probably choose TCEA over FETC next year. Although many high-tech companies were represented, there were a good number of publishers and content companies of all sizes at TCEA as well. The big news was that Texas has money for education, making it a happy and energetic exhibit floor. Personalized learning was also being buzzed about.

The 2015 CIC, Development & Delivery for Digital Learners, will feature a preconference #EdTech Forum as well as an Edtech Reality Check, a session on differentiated and personalized learning, and strategies for marketing digital products. Learn more at www.contentincontext.org.

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