On Wednesday, the 40th anniversary edition of the Future of Education Technology Conference® swings into full gear with a loaded slate of learning sessions, ed tech experts, demonstrations, and special events. Attendees will be able to discuss, see and try the latest ed tech products and solutions, as well as collaborate with and learn from education professionals from around the world.
One of the can’t-miss highlights of the day will be the opening keynote: “Leadership, Innovation and the Surprising Truth of Human Motivation,” by Daniel Pink, bestselling author of Drive and A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future. Pink will explore what motivates people to do their best work, and how that is central to leadership, strategy, learning and innovation. Pink will also emphasize and focus on technology, education, and preparing for the future of work as part of this dynamic presentation. Alberto Carvalho, superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, will co-present.
Wednesday also marks the first full day of dozens of learning sessions, featuring education and technology experts and professionals who will address key issues, latest advancements, implementation issues and best practices in regard to ed tech.
To help new and previous attendees get the most out of their conference experience, Day 2 also features 8:30 a.m. orientation sessions for each of the six main tracks—Future of Ed Tech Administrator, Coach, Educator, Library Media Specialist, Inclusion & Special Education, and Information Technology. These sessions will focus on helping attendees create a schedule based on their needs that will include the key sessions and workshops in their areas of interest. For example, attendees of the IT track will find something for every role in the department, says Lenny Schad, DA’s chief information and innovation officer.
“Whether you are a leader, individual contributor, come from a large district or a small district, the FETC 2020 IT track will provide hands-on, practical takeaways that you can begin leveraging immediately back in your district,” says Schad.
And of course, the FETC Expo Hall opens at noon, allowing attendees to get up-close and hands-on with more than 400 leading solution providers. From 3D printing to assessment solutions to educational software, the latest technologies and newest products will be on display. Looking for innovation? The Startup Pavilion will feature more than 20 emerging companies, while Pitchfest showcases the next generation of cutting-edge products. Plus, there will be live demonstrations, learning labs and skill-builder sessions; face-to-face opportunities with vendors; “Meet the Author” events; STEM Theater presentations; and other special treats.
And the entire day is capped by the Opening Night reception from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Expo Hall, where attendees will be able to mingle, network and share their FETC experiences.
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