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Thursday, May 23 • 11:45am - 12:30pm
Building the Ecosystem: How Certification Ensures We're All Working Together

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IMS gives institutions of all sizes have a very powerful way to “trust but verify” that we are actually evolving to the plug-and-play edtech ecosystem that is required to scale innovation. IMS provides certification testing, code libraries and is developing the 1EdTech integration characterization service to underpin this goal. But, the situation is far from perfect. In this closing panel, institutional leaders will share their perspectives on what is needed from suppliers and institutions to accelerate the goal of zero-time, zero-cost integration across edtech platforms.

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Rob Abel

Chief Executive Officer, IMS Global Learning Consortium

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Brian Blanton

Chief Information Services Officer, Henry County School District
Dr. Brian Blanton, is Assistant Superintendent for Technology Services at Henry County Schools in Georgia. Prior to that, Dr. Blanton has served as the Instructional Technology Coordinator. Brian is the president of the board of directors of the Georgia Educational Technology Consortium.The... Read More →
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Terry O'Heron

Director of Operations, Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT), Penn State University
Terence (Terry) N. O'Heron leads the university’s enterprise learning management system (LMS), Canvas. He's responsible for coordinating services provided by various administrative and academic units supporting the successful development and deployment of Canvas functionality and... Read More →
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Rod Smith

Chief Technology Officer, Clayton County Public Schools
Rod Smith serves as the Chief Technology Officer for Clayton County Public Schools (CCPS). CCPS has 67 learning sites and 55,000+ students. He has effectively increased equity of access to technology and learning opportunities enabled by technology for students over the last 20 years... Read More →
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Renee Pfeifer-Luckett

Director, Teaching & Learning Technology, University of Wisconsin System Administration
Primarily a listener and a builder, Renee understands that to deliver value, it is critical to identify stakeholder needs.  A collaborator at heart, she has been very successful in team building designed to bridge gaps.  Responsible for learning technologies for UW System campuses... Read More →
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Kyle Berger

CTO, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD
Kyle Berger has over 21 years in K-12 technology leadership spread across districts of various sizes and demographics. Awarded with the 2020 EdTEch Award for Leadership and the Technology Director of the Year by TCEA in 2009, he has also been featured in several educational technology... Read More →
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Nick Thompson

Assistant Director, Common Collaborative Learning Environment, UCLA
For the past 10 years, Nick Thompson has held various leadership roles at UCLA enhancing the educational technologies for its students and faculty. He is currently responsible for managing the Common Collaborative Learning Environment which consists of an open source Learning Management... Read More →

Thursday May 23, 2019 11:45am - 12:30pm PDT
Coronado ABC