Reimagined as a virtual event, the now online conference will support the edtech community with best practices and strategies for challenging times.
GUEST COLUMN | by Jennifer Womble
For over 40 years, the Future of Education Technology® Conference (FETC®) has attracted thousands of education and technology leaders annually for a highly collaborative face-to-face exploration of new technologies, best practices and pressing issues. With FETC’s goal of continuously supporting the community, the conference is leading the way to provide the best professional development by producing a completely free online event accessible to all for 2021. The four-day no-cost virtual conference, kicking off on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, will allow all districts across the nation to attend and gain solutions for their students.
Fully Digital, Unlimited Registrants
The fully digital format will give education technology leaders and their teams access to expert-led live-streamed sessions, eight keynotes, live Q&As, AI-based networking, product demonstrations, exhibits of new technologies and more. The free event, for all education teams, has no limit on the number of registrants from any school or district. FETC will provide school and district administrators, classroom teachers, IT professionals, special education directors, curriculum and media specialists, and technology using educators the opportunity to explore the most effective integration of technology across the curriculum with dynamic, practitioner-led sessions.
‘The free event, for all education teams, has no limit on the number of registrants from any school or district.’
Utilizing an immersive virtual conference platform, FETC will allow participants to join presentations with live discussions, engage in roundtables and explore the leading ed tech corporate booths; all from the comfort of their home or office. FETC is proud to offer engaging educational technology content digging into the most pressing issues from access and equity to change management, cybersecurity, digital literacy, and distance learning at a time when districts need it most. FETC ‘s fully digital format will give education technology leaders and their teams the best practices and strategies they need as they step up to meet all the known and unknown challenges of remote learning during a pandemic.
More Relevant Than Ever
The team behind FETC is busy listening to district administrators from across the country to find out the most critical tasks and priorities for the year ahead to make sure the conference program is more relevant than ever. This complimentary virtual experience will offer the education technology community the opportunity to connect with latest technologies and expert guidance for training in today’s transforming environments.
FETC agenda will serve educators leading in various settings, whether it be in a hybrid/blended classroom, socially distanced live classroom or a full-time virtual classroom. Content will instruct educators how to redesign remote instruction to be more equitable, foster community, and help students thrive—with sessions tailored to the needs of each professional role in the digital transformation.
Pre-Conference Professional Networking
In the months leading up to the conference, FETC will engage the entire community with online twitter chats and LinkedIn group discussions. #FETCChat is hosted every Tuesday on Twitter at 5 p.m. ET as a means of sharing best practices in the education community and supporting all school-based personnel working to find effective methods to resolve technological and educational issues. Edtech thought leaders and District Administration contributors are invited as special guests each week to answer questions and share solutions to pressing issues in this unique open forum. This professional learning network has grown to include participants from many different campus roles and from several countries each week.
‘These community building opportunities to connect are valuable to administrators and educators as they redesign the educational processes and work together to build a stronger educational system moving forward.’
These community building opportunities to connect are valuable to administrators and educators as they redesign the educational processes and work together to build a stronger educational system moving forward. FETC is proud to lead the nation in providing professional development support for the entire education community in an effort to improve instructional practices, integrate effective technology, develop essential innovative pedagogies and harness the best technologies to build a more inclusive, diverse and empathic learning environment for all.
To register for free visit www.FETC.org.
Jennifer Womble is the Program Chair for FETC, the largest independent edtech conference in North America, where she is responsible for oversight of all content and presentations.