For K-12 education leaders working to create a more integrated, interoperable digital ecosystem, Learning Impact Leadership Institute was the place to be! This year’s conference attracted nearly 600 attendees representing K-12 districts, higher education institutions, states, and edtech suppliers from around the world. At this unique event, the best thinkers in edtech come together to make progress towards enabling better digital learning experiences. The power of Learning Impact comes from the community of IMS members, a true collaboration of institutions and suppliers.

As co-chairs of IMS Global’s K-12 Institutional Leadership Board, we had a chance to experience all aspects of the conference. Here are our top moments of the week:

IMS announced a new initiative called One EdTech (1EdTech). 1EdTech is a collaboration that will make it radically easier for school districts to make digital resources and applications available to teachers and students. 1EdTech consists of a secure, trusted cloud-based registry and connection service that will enable any edtech provider to connect to any school district’s learning platform, portal, or student system using IMS’s OneRoster standard. Once a participating organization has integrated they will be able to connect to any of the institutions or suppliers on the other side. 1EdTech will be free to all IMS member organizations that have OneRoster certified products.

About the Author:

Dr. Barbara Nesbitt is an educator with over 30 years’ experience. She has been a teacher, instructional and technology coach, consultant, coordinator, and director. Nesbitt is currently the executive director of technology for the School District of Pickens County in South Carolina. She has served on various boards including the K-12 Institutional Board for IMS Global and the National Council on Digital Convergence. Currently she is the chair of the IMS Global K12 Institutional Board.

Darlene Rankin has been an educator for the past 24 years and has been fortunate to take a lead in 2009 to provide a public, filtered Wi-Fi for Texas’s Katy ISD students to bring their own device for learning. Other major initiatives include deploying Google Drive, Office 365, MyKaty Cloud, Student Learning Platform, and Digital Divide Devices for check out. Rankin was named by NSBA “Top 20 to Watch Educators” in 2011. She is passionate about digital responsibility, the whole child, and ensuring students are connected outside of school.