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From the Editor

Anne Wujcik, EditorThe Department of Education/Institute of Education Sciences' Small Business Innovation Research (ED/IES SBIR) program recently announced the award of 14 new contracts for FY 2016. The IES/SBIR program provides funding to small business firms and partners for the research and development of commercially viable education technology products designed to support student learning, teacher practice, or school administration in education or special education. The Department of Education's SBIR program has an annual budget of $7.5M.

There are some familiar names on this year's grantee list. Among the nine Phase I ($150,000, six-month contracts) grantees are EdSurge, Fablevision, Schell Games, and SpryFox. Teachley won a two-year $900,000 Phase II contract.

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Market Insights

market-insightsThink Ahead (but first a look back)

Plans for EdNET 2016 are well underway as we kick off this year's theme "Think Ahead. New Strategies for the New Reality" with advance registration savings! Being future-focused and action-oriented is what makes the EdNET conference a high-value event and an exceptional networking experience for attendees.

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She Snoops for Scoops: The Personal Side of the EdNET Community

Vicki Smith BighamOh my, can it be? It is a first! I have no scoops this week—literally none! Have I missed something? Is the Snoop slipping? I am going to chalk it up to my real need for a break in what is currently my oh-so-busy personal and work life. So look at it this way—the time you save reading my column this week just gets you to that weekend a little bit sooner. But also remember: Send me your scoops at bighamv@aol.com and be sure to follow me on Twitter @Snoops4Scoops #SheSnoops Thanks for the break, friends—I will definitely see you here next week! Till then....Vicki, the Snoop

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SIIA Announces CODiE™ Award Winners for Education Technology Industry

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, today announced the winners of the 2016 CODiE Awards in education technology. The winner announcement was made to an audience of over 300 attendees, and 29 awards were given for products and services deployed specifically for the education technology market. An overall Education Technology CODiE Award winner will be named during a special CODiE Award Celebration party at the Education Industry Symposium on July 26 in Denver, CO.

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Announcing the 2016 REVERE Awards Finalists

The REVERE Awards identify and honor high quality resources that educate learners of all ages, in all media, and in all educational environments, both in and beyond the classroom. The program supports the PreK-12 Learning Group’s mission of advocating for quality content in teaching and learning. Congratulations to the 2016 REVERE Awards finalists. Winners will be announced June 8 at the REVERE Awards Gala.

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