Future of Technology Conference
2017 Program Materials
You recognize the value of attending the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC), but how do you communicate that to the school or district management responsible for approving your professional development requests? We know travel and training budgets are tight, making it difficult to get approval to attend events and conferences, which is why we're here to help.
Other Helpful Pointers to Justify Your Attendance
1 Training others when you return
Make the conference more valuable by offering to bring back what you've learned. Get extra copies of hand-outs and take notes. Then, set up a training session or send out information when you're back.
1 Vendors are a great source of knowledge, too
While the education is the main focus, make sure to point out key vendors that will be attending FETC. Talking with vendors is a great way to gain extra knowledge and learn about new products.
1 Professional development
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 meets these needs, so you can make a strong case for attending.
GOAL How FETC Supports Your Goal
Objectively evaluate the pros and cons of technologies and services FETC does not advocate particular technologies, products or companies. Instead, through solution-packed sessions, in-depth workshops and a tech-specific exhibit hall, we help you explore your options so you can make the right decisions for your classroom, projects and school.
Understand the link between your specific school challenges and IT activities Successful projects align specific educational needs with IT objectives. FETC offers a variety of sessions that 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's 375+ sessions, 150+ 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 who 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. Improve your chances by learning how to make a sound business case for technology purchases. FETC 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, smoother implementation 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! FETC workshops and sessions are taught by edtech 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 literally hundreds of workshops and sessions, multiple keynotes, access to industry-leading experts, an edtech-specific exhibit hall and many opportunities for networking, FETC will provide you with a new perspective on your work, its challenges and successes. Get inspired, and return to work with fresh ideas and innovative approaches for using new technologies in your school!

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The nation’s largest, independent education technology event focused on leveraging technology to drive preK-12 student success.