FETC returns in person in 2022. Here’s what you can look forward to
As we look to next year and beyond, district administrative leaders, educators, IT staff, students, and families will apply what they have learned throughout the pandemic and work together to plan and shape the future of education. After 18 months of disruption, registration for the nation’s largest independent education technology show, The Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) 2022, has gone live with thousands of people having already signed up to the event, January 25-28, 2022 in Orlando, FL. FETC has curated the most informed technology and education experts to discuss everything from emerging tech trends, such as artificial intelligence, digital equity, big data and block chain, to cyber security and the evolving technologies.
Five New Thought Leadership Theaters
In thought-provoking presentations that encourage audiences to embrace new technology, high-energy featured speakers will prepare educators for the new learning journey for their classes by integrating student produced video, game-based learning, and powerful collaboration tools to empower students to stay connected, engaged, and motivated. FETC presentations will embed social emotional learning and effective pedagogical strategies for encouraging partnerships, relationships and a positive culture in digital environments so that students feel safe and purposeful. Hear compelling insights that will empower education transformation and wellbeing by catalyzing new visions, opportunities, and tech-enabled tools for all students to improve learning in five new theaters hosted on the expo floor focused on STEM, esports, Information Technology, Thought Leadership and Technology Discovery theaters. “There is something for everyone, with influence and content from all states.” Keven Rinaman, Director of Technology, Calvert Catholic Schools, Tiffin, Ohio
We are thrilled to welcome back our FETC community to connect, collaborate and fuel ideas to enhance the future of digital learning environments in at a face to face event with a powerful lineup of inspiring keynotes and mega speakers including Shawn Achor, Primavera De Filippi , Kari Byron, Dr. Constance Steinkuehler, Ken Shelton and Tom Murray, along with the popular Tech Share LIVE keynote. We designed a conference experience over four days, where attendees will be immersed in inspiring content, discovering skills and strategies to cultivate positive energy, creativity, curiosity, and innovation. This year, we are very excited to finally gather educators together and meet face-to-face to connect and to ultimately, ‘create the future’ of education.
Our featured speakers realize the COVID crisis elevated the importance of digital. The pandemic magnified the question of what the future of learning will be in 2022 and beyond. From disruption has come the momentum to revitalize and transform education. At FETC, sessions will focus on what we know about learning, our students, optimizing technology and the complexity of an unknown future. Whether managing information technology operations, or addressing instructional programs, administrative leaders will learn that connecting pedagogical practices, big data, well-being and equity is the new role of technology. These speakers will draw from the best of traditional approaches, innovative practices, and insights to instruct participants how to leverage digital technology to engage students in interactive learning experiences solving real life problems. Educators will learn how to develop a positive climate and school culture that nurtures creativity, curiosity, imagination and literacy in learning spaces where students feel safe in taking risks and using critical thinking. The featured speakers will embed social emotional learning and effective strategies for encouraging partnerships and relationships in a digital environment so that students feel safe and purposeful. The digital world enables collaboration and communication, new ways to create and share new knowledge, and opportunities to amplify, accelerate and connect learners. Presentations at FETC will represent a shift towards building learning partnerships, learning environments and powerful pedagogies that demonstrate technology’s indispensable impact on improving the quality of learning!
Just in Time Workshops to Build Technology Skills
From tech giants including Microsoft and Lenovo to specialist education suppliers, we have a huge range of sponsors and exhibitors attending. With many schools returning to in-person learning after more than a year of remote or hybrid, many teachers are eager to their technology skills and increase student usage going forward: those with a bring-it-on attitude and aim to build on hard-earned technical skills will find over 250 hands-on workshops to instruct every level of technology user. Technology is here to stay in education. When teachers take time to reflect and design meaningful integration with technology and how to best integrate it into their practice, they’re better prepared for post-pandemic instruction. “FETC provides many connections and new ideas. The amount of knowledge in one conference is astounding. The Expo itself was a whole day of learning for me!” Sarah Horner, Business/Technology Teacher, Abingdon-Avon High School, Ill.
FETC will offer more than 400 sessions and workshops in 5 distinct tracks: Future of Ed Tech Administrator, Future of Ed Tech Educator, Future of Ed Tech Information Technology, Future of Ed Tech Coach and Future of Ed Tech Library Media Specialist. FETC will also spotlight best-selling author and one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success, Shawn Achor, as the opening keynoter of the in-person event. In addition, the Expo Hall will host leading solution providers and give attendees the opportunity to get up close and personal with the most innovative technologies, applications and services available in ed tech today as well as recognize the District Administration EDTECH Top Product Awards 2022.
Jennifer Womble is the FETC conference chair. For more information, visit www.FETC.org.