Presentation Selection Timeline:
Call for Presentations Closes: May 10, 2016
Submission Review Period: May- July, 2016
Invitations to Present Issued: August 18, 2016 (First round workshops and sessions)
Second round Invitations to Present Issued: September 28, 2016
Rejections sent to all submissions not accepted: October 3, 2016
NOTE: With the high volume of submissions we receive, expect to be notified of the final status of your submission by October 3, 2016. Communications will be sent to the primary email address you provided in the application.
Notifications of applications not selected will be sent after the entire FETC 2016 program is set and all slots are filled. Please be patient with this process.
It is important that you alert FETC of any changes to your submission or contact information as soon as possible. Email: EdTechSpeaker@LRP.com
Introducing NEW Tracks for FETC 2017!
To meet the needs of today's education technology decision makers, LRP, producer of the FETC event, has performed extensive research to better understand current professional learning needs in the field and develop informative and advice-driven content to appeal to senior-level strategists and educators who make technology buying decisions. The conference also sought to develop targeted, strategic content for administrators, superintendents and other high-level PreK-12 education executives as well as CIOs, CTOs and all IT decision makers. The result of these efforts is the introduction of five distinct tracks, featuring dynamic sessions and workshops designed to train attendees on emerging technologies and creative implementations to enhance learning. The new tracks include:
Future of EdTech Administrator
This track offers sessions dynamically designed for superintendents, assistant superintendents, district administrators, state education leaders, principals, technologists, facilities management directors, finance directors, pupil services administrators and virtual school leadership.
With today's rapidly evolving technologies, institutional pressures for accountability, and a challenging economy, education leaders are facing their most challenging operational environment to date. Presentations will focus on educational policy and the use of technology as a strategic tool for school improvement and transformation, including, state/federal technology policies and eRate, data driven decision making, how to make purchasing and budgeting decisions, facilities and financial management and the implications of product implementation and purchasing information. Additionally this track will emphasize incorporating emergent technologies, nascent digital tools and technological resources to enhance education. These initiatives represent the most innovative thinking in the application of technology and technology strategy in education.
Future of EdTech Educator
This track offers sessions for tech savvy educators, curriculum designers, online educators, technology integration specialists, grant developers, professional development trainers and pre-service teachers.
Educator presentations address how classrooms are using the technologies available to expand their learning environment beyond the classroom and engage all learners. Presentations will share engaging pedagogical methods, practical strategies to plan, integrate curriculum and manage technology in classrooms, including utilization of mobile devices, game based learning and digital tools to deliver curriculum and content fostering creative and critical thinking. Best practices shared will highlight effective teacher technology integration and just-in-time technology solutions that provide digital content, as well as instructional technologies and customizable learning materials. Presentations will address how online, flipped, blended, personalized and hybrid learning environments are used to promote high academic performance. This track will feature ways to improve interactive communication, assessment, feedback, support, and content delivery whether it is synchronous or asynchronous.
Future of Information Technology
This track is designed to meet the training needs of state and district chief information officers, information technology directors, technologists, technology integration specialists, web designers, IT staff, network administrators, and media specialists.
School and District level IT organizations today must effectively manage large-scale institutional technology programs and enterprise implementations. The institutional technology infrastructure is defining the institution. This track gives attendees an opportunity to examine the technology infrastructure, networks, data administration, security and internet access that shape institutions. Presentations will focus on the use of technology infrastructure to support the management of information systems and support the learning environments such as desktop virtualization, implementation of 1 to 1 computing, solutions to bandwidth issues, implementation of wireless environments and the roll out of devices, services and information systems processes. Presentations in this track can also focus on campus safety and security as well as product research, purchasing and implementation at the school, district and state levels.
Future of EdTech Special Education
This focus area attracts visionaries in Special Education including state and local special education directors; superintendents and assistant superintendents; Section 504 coordinators; educators, consultants, technologists, and assistive technology integration specialists.
This track will explore the latest in assistive and instructional technology in special education, with an emphasis on practical and legal best practices for serving K-12 students with disabilities. Sessions will offer high-level professional learning on software and technologies in the areas of reading, writing, math, science, online/virtual learning, and core state standards to serve all students through a multi-tiered system of supports. Presentations will introduce administrators and educators to a range of assistive technologies and Universal Design for Learning tools that can help differentiate instruction and increase academic achievement. Technology professionals and school practitioners will provide guidance in matching technology solutions to student needs as well as share successful implementation of technologies to accommodate students with disabilities in special and general education classrooms. Presenters also will outline legal issues to emerge as a result of new technology and accompanying best practices to avoid costly school-based problems.
Future of EdTech Early Learning
This track is designed to educate preschool directors, curriculum designers, educators, child development researchers and early childhood school administrators who work in early learning facilities servicing children ages 3-6 years old and their families about the role of technology and learning.
When used with child development in mind, technologies and interactive media can effectively support early learning and development of young children and help families support their children’s at home learning. This track will guide early childhood directors and educators as they make decisions about how and when to incorporate technology into their programs and will provide product and purchasing information for emerging devices and developmentally appropriate technology tools. Sessions in this track will highlight ongoing research on technology and young children, share strategies of implementing digital citizenship and equitable assess, as well as how to manage and utilize technology to communicate with colleagues, parents, students and the broader community. Sessions also will showcase technology-based best practices early educators can employ to better serve and address the needs of children with disabilities.