Justify Your Attendance

You recognize the value of attending FETC 2011, but how do you communicate that to the school or district management responsible for approving your professional development requests? (We know that travel and training budgets are tight, and it’s difficult to get approval to attend events and conferences, which is why we want to help you!)

One of the best ways to get approval to attend a conference is to connect your responsibilities, goals and challenges to your conference experience.  Listed here are some goals common to our attendees, as well as the ways in which FETC 2011 meets these needs, so you can make a strong case for attending.

GOAL

How FETC 2011 Supports Your Goal

Objectively evaluate the pros and cons of technologies and services

FETC does not advocate particular technologies, products or companies. Instead, through breakout sessions, in-depth workshops and a tech-specific exhibit hall, we help you explore your options so that you can make decisions that are right for your classroom, projects and your school.

Understand the link between your specific school challenges and IT activities

Many successful projects align specific educational needs with IT objectives. FETC conferences have a variety of sessions that help make the connection between the classroom and IT, with specific options for educators, IT, school administrators and district-level professionals.

Validate the direction of your current school  initiatives

FETC 2011’s 200 breakout sessions, 75 hands-on workshops and expert presenters can help you validate the current direction of your school projects and avoid common pitfalls along the way. Thanks to easy access to session leaders, as well as exceptional peer-to-peer networking, you have many opportunities to learn from others that are experiencing similar challenges.

Make a case for your classroom or school project

Often the hardest part of trying new technologies is securing budget approval from your school to make the purchase. You can improve your chances by learning how to make a sound business case for technology purchases. FETC 2011 provides many opportunities that will help you avoid costly mistakes and allow you to ensure a maximal return on investment, whether it is measured by classroom use, greater ease or improved student performance.

Stay current on technological advancements and keep your skills up to date

Be sure that your skills keep pace with those of your students!  Workshops and sessions at FETC 2011 are taught by ed tech thought leaders and pioneers—experts with experience in applying the latest technologies and techniques at real schools across the country. Let them show you how they do it, and how you can, too!

Gain fresh ideas and get inspired

With more than 75 workshops, 200 sessions, multiple keynotes, access to industry-leading experts, an ed-tech-specific exhibit hall, and many opportunities for networking, FETC 2011 will provide you with a new perspective on your work, its challenges and successes. Get inspired, and return to work armed with fresh ideas and innovative approaches for using new technologies on your school!