Several interviews have been scheduled at this year's FETC conference. We'll be seeking information on Project Based Learning, Mobile Devices in the Classroom, and Integration Strategies for Today's Digital Educator. The event, which is the largest national educational technology conference on the east coast, will take place at the South Concourse of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Attendees include classroom teachers, teachers on special assignment, principals, deans, district administrators, curriculum designers, media specialists, technology directors and others involved in education.
FETC has increased its use of social media to get the word out. FETC is updating their Facebook page and using Twitter to share useful information with the anticipated audience from the edtech industry. Information will be shared throughout the conference which runs from January 29 - 31. FETC has a mobile app (IOS and Android) that is very handy for those in attendance. It's great to have the schedule on your mobile device as well as a map of the exhibit hall.
Earlier this year a community discussion posed this question: What do you find most valuable about attending a national education conference?. I will be meeting with Trenton Goble, chief academic officer at MasteryConnect. He'll be presenting on technology's role in the move to outcomes-based education. Being able to meet face to face with individuals involved in current educational trends is rewarding.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Driving to Orlando to attend FETC. The Opening Keynote Speaker, Danny Forster, is scheduled for 3:30 PM. The exhibit hall will open immediately following this event. Danny Forster lives out his passion for architecture as a TV host, professor, speaker and designer. He is the host of the Science Channel’s “Build It Bigger.” In this series, he travels the world with a camera crew in search of incredible feats of architecture and engineering. He also teaches upper-level graduate architecture studio courses on sustainable design at Harvard. He owns his own design firm, DANNY FORSTER Design Studio, which specializes in inventive, affordable and sustainable designs. As executive producer, Forster is creating a documentary series about the rebuilding of Ground Zero called “The Rising.”