Our edtech mixer Revision Ready is coming up in just a few short weeks! The event will take place on Thursday, October 10 from 6:30-9 p.m. at our very own TriplePoint San Francisco office at 115 Sansome Street. Have you registered yet? Make sure you do so here, and be sure to follow us on Twitter to find some great discount codes! (Technapex has got you covered.)
TechCrunch writer Rip Empson will be leading the panel discussion on how the landscape of publishing in education is changing and the innovative companies working to improve it through creating open-source material and OER (open educational resources), tools such as tablets and e-books that change the way we interact with the written word, and big data to help direct the right resources to the students who need them most.
That’s why we’re thrilled to announce that OER Commons, an initiative created by the education non-profit ISKME, who helped to pioneer the OER movement, will be joining our panel! Since 2004, OER Commons has impacted millions of teachers and learners as a hub for the discovery and improvement of high-quality digital resources that are free, open, and available for a diverse range of learners.
“The creation and use of OER represents a shift in education that supports shared teacher expertise and peer-based learning,” the non-profit states. “Free and open content is not only a new economic model for schools and students, but also a primary vehicle for disseminating flexible, adaptable curricula that support learner-centric approaches.”
OER Commons joins another company and non-profit on our panel, both of whom are on the front lines of 21st century publishing:
Junyo: Junyo leverages the power of data and anayltics to improve learning processes. Their new platform, EdLights, is a powerful market-intelligence platform delivering customized insights about the K12 educational market. Junyo will be discussing how EdLights’ analytical tools empower publishers and suppliers to better understand district and school needs, connect with K12 decision makers, and deliver the right content at the right time.
OpenStax College: OpenStax College is a nonprofit organization providing open-source, quality textbooks and learning materials to students. Their free textbooks are developed and peer-reviewed by educators to ensure they are readable, accurate and meet the scope and sequence requirements of student courses. OpenStax College will discuss their efforts of improving access to high-quality learning materials by working with authors, developers, and partners to substantially lower costs for students.