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 Learning Goes Virtual with Innovate SD Summit

​A new virtual conference from the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) in partnership with Classroom of the Future Foundation brought together educators and industry leaders from across the globe last week.

The Innovate SD Online Summit on Nov. 1 featured new and emerging practices, tools, and innovations for education through dozens of presentations by more than 80 speakers. They included nonprofit organizations, large companies such as LEGO and Dell, and newer businesses such as Nearpod, which specializes in onine professional learning.

The 100-percent virtual event attracted people throughout the day with a YouTube live stream. Being online meant that attendees could access content from their office, home, or even on an airplane.

Presenters joined the conference from as far away as Jordan and Bangladesh and as close as the San Diego County Office of Education. 

The event was organized by the SDCOE Innovation division with support from County Office experts in Learning and Leadership Services and Integrated Technology Services divisions who shared their learning and experiences.

"This event inspired and connected industry, education, and district leaders in a format that allowed everyone to engage in learning on their own time at any location around the world," said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Gothold. "Providing this service free through our partnerships means that even more people can connect with scalable, research-based innovative practices."

San Diego County Board of Education President Guadalupe Gonzalez agreed saying that events such as this one support the county's goal of becoming a leader and model for innovation in order accelerate achievement for all students.

To learn more and find out how to access the conference presentations, visit

See what people had to say about the summit and keep up with what's happening with innovation in San Diego County by following #InnovateSD on Twitter.

The next SDCOE Innovation event will be the Learning and Innovation Summit featuring Google for Education on Dec. 1 at Monarch School. The one-day, in-person event will have presentations on topics such as technology for littles, physical education, assistive technology, and innovation in education.