It’s hard to believe, but next week is the 33rd edition of the Florida Education Technology Conference in Orlando. In that time, FETC has grown to over 200 concurrent sessions, interactive workshops, and poster sessions over four days for attendees that represent over 7 million students from pre-K to college.
This year has seen an expansion of the available hands-on workshops. These give attendees an opportunity to take a deeper dive into a topic, practice new skills, and create their own learning materials. Because workshops can range from two to six hours long, there aren’t the time constraints of a concurrent session. Workshops are available for everything from tips and tricks with iPads to flipped learning to creating infographics and more.
Chances are, if you’ve heard of a new educational strategy or trick, it’s covered in the concurrent sessions. There are more tips for iPad use, web 2.0 applications, and presentation software. There are sessions about maximizing your funding (or finding some), as well as ways to integrate more STEM into your learning and how to use technology in professional development and educational leadership. If you have questions about blended learning, you can find more than enough information to get you blending in no time!
Some of the most fun at FETC can be found in the Exhibit Hall, where over 200 exhibitors will be showing off their new innovations, talking with current customers about how to maximize their products, and discussing implementations in a variety of settings and environments. Edmentum will be there (with a huge display; you can’t miss us) talking about how our products can help schools and students in any situation, as well as demonstrating new advances like Sensei, our new data consolidation and visualization solution. We’ll also be giving away lots of goodies!
The beauty of FETC is that you are surrounded by like-minded educators with the same goal: to find the best ways to leverage technology in the name of educational success. These teachers, administrators, and district personnel believe we are entering a renaissance in education where technology can help us reach every student and help them to make learning gains more efficiently. Best of all, they are excited to share their knowledge and meet new people.
FETC 2014 is running from January 28-31 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Attending? Be sure to visit Edmentum at booth #1221. Not signed up? Registration is still available. Visit FETC.org for more information or to register!