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Top Innovators in Education Technology Recognized by SIIA

Last week, the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) announced 10 finalists for its Innovation Incubator Program. The Innovation Incubator Program connects developers of promising new technologies with industry leaders, potential investors, and established companies seeking partnerships or acquisition candidates.

In addition, Karen Billings, vice president of the Education Division at SIIA, and Tasiyiwa Mapondera, program manager for the Education Division, joined Larry Jacobs of Education Talk Radio to discuss the history of the Innovation Incubator Program and the decision to focus the 2011 program on personalized learning. The full interview can be found online at: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/edutalk/2011/04/28/educational-technology-siias-innovation-incubator.

siia_innovationincubator2This year, innovative K-12 and postsecondary technology-based educational products and services were reviewed and assessed on a broad range of selection criteria, including various characteristics of a personalized learning solution. The selected finalists will present their innovations during the Business Profiles Presentations and the Innovation Showcase & Welcome Reception at the Ed Tech Industry Summit in San Francisco, May 22-24.

Finalists include:

— Cabanga

— Coursification

— Dynamic Whiteboard

— GiftedSpeech

— GoKnow

— McGraw-Hill Spark!

— myON reader

— Neurocognitive Training for Reading Comprehension

— Sokikom

— Wowzers

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The 10 finalists will vie for recognition as “The Most Innovative” and “The Most Likely to Succeed” in the ed tech market.  Additionally, lead Innovation Incubator Sponsor, Blackboard Inc., (Blackboard), will award one finalist with a complementary year-long membership in the company’s Partnership Program.

To learn more about the Innovation Incubator Program, or the Ed Tech Industry Summit, visit siia.net/ebf/.

Congratulations to all the finalists!