It’s a curious side effect of the combination of digital learning products and No Child Left Behind accountability demands: It seems nearly every new or revised digital K-12 education product has embedded assessment.
Whether that’s a good thing — for students, teachers, parents or the industry — is the subject of a panel session I’m moderating next week at the Software and Information Industry Ed Tech Industry Summit in San Francisco. Panelists Bob Ginn of Century Consultants/ASM Research, Sue Koch of AutoSkill International and Mike Patterson of Curriculum Advantage will tackle the issue in a PowerPoint-free zone. And we’ll start right off focusing on the benefits and risks of an “assessment everywhere” approach.
If you’ve never been, SIIA’s Ed Tech Industry Summit is the primary annual event for companies and executives who work in education technology. This year’s theme is “Building Toward the Vision K-20.” Perhaps the most fun? The CODiE Awards bash Tuesday night, when the ed tech professionals mix with their peers in the software and digital content industries. Look for the tall guy with dark hair, glasses, and tux.