Continuous ("formative") assessment, the integration of assessment and instructional management, and the explosion of multilingual instructional software were some of the key themes that stood out among exhibitors at the 25th annual Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC), held Jan. 26-28 in Orlando.

"Formative assessment" was truly the catchphrase at this year's show, as everywhere conference attendees went in the 500-company exhibit hall, these words could be heard. Vendors using the phrase were referring to software that can assess students' understanding of key concepts during the course of the school year, allowing teachers to adjust their instruction accordingly or prescribe extra help...

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