Virtual FETC kicks off today. Get all the details

Thousands of education and technology professionals will gather online for the first-ever virtual Future of Education Technology Conference.

For the first time ever, the Future of Education Technology Conference® kicks off Tuesday in an entirely virtual format.

Free to attend, the event—considered the education technology industry’s annual town hall gathering—will feature four days of keynote addresses, breakout sessions, and networking events, all focused on the role technology will play in the quickly evolving world of education. Attendees will hear from education thought leaders, technology experts, industry analysts, and more about best practices for education success amid today’s disruptions.

Register here for virtual FETC.

The pandemic will take center stage in many of the keynotes. Marcus Buckingham, an expert on talent at work, will speak to FETC attendees in the opening keynote about identifying strengths and building resilience in both students and teachers. The following day, Dr. Lisa N. Williams kicks off the day with her keynote Advancing Equity During the Challenges of Covid: Staying Focused on What We Can Do! Later on Wednesday, Eric Sheninger will present his ideas about how the COVID-19 pandemic might provide an opportunity to completely transform education for the better.

Thursday begins with a keynote by Dr. Jill Siler whose powerful keynote focuses on how leaders can thrive during the COVID crisis. Later Thursday, Julia Martin, Esq., will speak to what the Biden administration is likely to do in education, from funding sources to policy changes. Wrapping up Thursday’s agenda will be Brianna Hodges and Thomas Murray who will cover 4 keys to effective leading and coaching in any environment.

On Friday, technology expert Lenny Schad will present an eye-opening look at cybersecurity and share advice about how districts can protect themselves from hackers. After lunch, Bob Ward will share The Horizons 2040 Project: A Long-Range Strategic Plan for PreK-12. Then, it’s time for the always popular Techshare Live with Leslie Fisher, Adam Bellow, Hall Davidson, and Kathy Scrock. This fun and fast-paced session will reveal the latest cutting-edge tools, product updates, and devices in education technology specially designed to make learning successful! Finally, Dr. Peter Gorman will close out FETC with a presentation about how an aligned system can increase student achievement at scale. Attendees are encouraged to participate in a live Q&A with the presenters at the end of each session.

FETC and DA’s Top Ed Tech Products of the Year will also be unveiled during three keynote sessions, at which the 15 winners will demo their innovative products.

And the three winners of DA‘s Districts of Distinction program will present their innovative programs in separate sessions, offering actionable ideas that have been proven out in their districts.

Dozens of core, solution provider and other sessions will be held throughout the week, allowing attendees to hear directly from vendors, companies and experts about the challenges they’ve experienced in the past few months and the technology they’re relying on to help solve those challenges. Between sessions, attendees have the opportunity to take part in yoga, stretching sessions and other wellness-centered programs in the Relaxation Lounge.

Networking is also a focus. Attendees can interact with one another through chat and video, with the Swapcard conference platform tapping AI to suggest peer matches based on job roles, industry, conference goals, and more. The Networking Lounge is another opportunity to connect with attendees; participants can drop into the online community throughout the conference to take part in lively discussions with peers about their respective work and conference topics.

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More than 150 exhibitors with more than 2,000 products will also be on hand for virtual meetings and demos.

For more information or to register for the free event, CLICK HERE.

Eric Weiss
Eric Weiss
Eric is the executive editor of District Administration magazine. He has worked as a journalist at newspapers and in television since 1993.

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