Thank you for your interest in presenting at FETC® 2021.
The Future of Education Technology Conference brings together a collaborative community of educational leaders and technology experts to exchange techniques and empower participants with strategies for teaching and learning success. FETC® invites education technology professionals representing all levels, content areas and specialties, as well as industry and technology experts, to submit an application to present. By sharing your successful practices that transform learning for all students, you can help inspire and encourage other administrators, information technologists, coaches, educators and executives to creatively deploy technologies and expand the possibilities of learning through educational technology.
FETC® attendees represent all 50 states and over 60 countries. Our attendees have varied professional roles in education, but all are educational technology leaders: administrators, IT directors, instructional designers, academic computing professionals, media specialists, technology integration specialists, edtech and instructional coaches, tech-savvy faculty, and others charged with technology implementations on campuses, districts and states.
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In the wake of the coronavirus crisis, organizations have redefined what normal operations must look like. K-12 school systems have quickly adapted to remote or virtual online modes of instruction. Districts navigating this “new normal” have made significant changes to operations, culture, expectations, professional development, pedagogy, resources and technology. It is through this new lens that FETC will select content to share with all tracks in 2021.
FETC 2021 will provide an opportunity to fine tune what remote learning means, how districts and schools are working within the new normal with skill training for new instructional practices and an exploration of future education implications. Beyond sharing lessons learned from the covid19 crisis, FETC is also seeking submissions on new and emerging technologies. Converging technologies such as video, 5G, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, 3D Printing, blockchain, and collaboration tools are providing ways to reimagine how people learn—which, in many ways, can be superior to the traditional physical model.
Our Program Selection Committee will evaluate proposals in all tracks based on their value and relevance. Below is a list of the FETC Conference Tracks and the topics in each track we are currently soliciting applications to present for FETC 2021.
Future of EdTech Administrator:
FETC will provide administrators with professional development focused on operational strategies during remote and virtual learning management alongside introductions to new and emerging technologies. This track offers sessions dynamically designed for superintendents, assistant superintendents, district administrators, state education leaders, chief academic officers, principals, innovation directors, facilities management directors, finance directors and virtual school leadership.
Big Data Privacy Concerns during remote learning
Digital Citizenship Programs for staff, parents and students
Reinventing Solutions for Inequity (devices, internet, services)
Video Conferencing Guidelines for Remote Learning & Communication in Crisis
FETC will provide coaches with professional development focused on proven strategies during remote and virtual learning alongside introductions to new and emerging technologies. This track offers sessions for technology coaches, technology integration specialists, instructional technology resource teachers, instructional technology coaches, instructional technology specialists, educational technology coaches, technology integration facilitators, instructional facilitators, instructional technologists, technology resource teachers, technology integration mentors and instructional coaches.
Delivering professional development in remote work settings
Hosting effective teleconferences
Online delivery of help sessions and one to one assistance
FETC will provide educators with professional development focused on best practices during remote and virtual learning alongside introductions to new and emerging technologies. This track offers sessions for tech savvy educators, curriculum designers, online educators, technology integration specialists, grant developers, professional development trainers, technology coaches, and pre-service teachers.
Communication and conferences with parents and community during remote learning
Grade level expectations and standards
Maximizing the use of blogs, podcasts and video resource libraries
Online teaching and communication privacy issues
Virtual or remote instruction readiness
FETC will provide special education professionals with training focused on practical strategies during remote and virtual learning alongside introductions to new and emerging assistive technologies. This focus area attracts visionaries in assistive technology and special education including state and local special education directors, assistant superintendents, student support administrators, counselors, educators, consultants, technologists and assistive technology specialists.
Challenges of supporting special needs staff and students during remote learning
Following 504 and IEP requirements while teaching remotely
Legal Updates to Special Education post coronavirus
Making Math Notation Accessible
FETC will provide IT Leaders with professional development focused on operational strategies during remote and virtual learning management alongside introductions to new and emerging technologies. 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 support staff, and network administrators.
Changing Support Models for a Remote Workforce
Crisis Management (for all emergencies: snow, hurricane, contagion)
Equity Issues: Solving the Problem with district, government and corporate partnerships
Moving from paper-based processes to online and automated processes
New Modalities of Delivering Professional Development
FETC will provide library media specialists with professional development focused on best practices during remote and virtual learning alongside introductions to new and emerging technologies. This track is offers sessions for library media specialists and it is designed to encourage collaboration, personalization and creation through increased literacy and student-centered learning.
Copyright Guidelines during remote learning
Distribution and management of library resources during remote learning
Sharing resources with staff during remote learning
FETC is accepting applications for all of the session formats described below. You will be required to select the preferred session type, and then be given the opportunity to indicate alternate session types that you would consider for the proposed presentation.
Keynotes: Keynotes provide an opportunity for all conference attendees to gather together to learn from high-profile speakers who engage attendees on important topics and content that are reflective of the prevailing themes of the conference. These highly regarded professionals are passionate about sharing their expertise with audiences. One hour presentation.
MEGA Sessions: These sessions provide the FETC audience with the most relevant and emerging educational technology topics and most popular speakers. These sessions are held in rooms double the size of concurrent sessions and draw 500 or more attendees. 45 minute sessions.
Concurrent Sessions: FETC Concurrent sessions are 45 minute sessions held in rooms set in theater style for up to 200 attendees. Attendees will have variety of session topics to choose from, presented by experts and innovators who are making a difference across the PK-12 education spectrum. They'll share best practices, innovative ideas, leadership strategies and provide valuable perspectives and solutions to challenging edtech problems.
STEM Theater Presentations: Attendees learn how to implement STEM/STEAM content from education experts and representatives of award-winning schools across the country in these 30-minute sessions in a theater built in the Exhibit Hall. The FETC STEM Excellence Award winners and STEM experts will share their lessons and discuss the best tools and techniques for these innovative programs!
Skill Builders Theater Sessions: These thirty-minute sessions held in mini-theaters help attendees learn a skill to take back to their districts! Attendees participate in 30-minute hands-on demonstration sessions to learn “How To…” skills to take back to their classrooms and use right away!
eSports Theater Sessions: These 30 minute sessions are designed to engage those interested in developing and building a successful eSports program in their schools and districts. Presentations are led by eSports coaches, athletic directors, team members and industry professionals who share insights and developments in the k12 gaming space.
Workshops: FETC workshops are deep dive, hands-on professional learning activities designed to give attendees new skills and strategies in educational technology. Workshops are offered in 2-hour lengths only. They are offered in computer labs (PC laptops, MAC or iPad) or BYOD. Workshops require attendees to pay an additional fee to participate. Workshop presenters are expected to develop effective hands-on activities to ensure the workshop attendee the best professional development opportunity.
Special Events: There are several professional development learning opportunities at FETC that engage attendees in alternative presentations. These include track orientation sessions, certification testing, academies, summits, computer science fire hose, mobile mega share, hack-a-thon, pitch fest, meet the author, sandboxes, new@FETC, school tours and field trips.
FETC® is pleased to provide a complimentary conference registration to all of the accepted lead presenters (one per session). If you are invited to present, you will be directed to a Presenter Registration Portal. All co-presenters MUST pay a discounted rate for the conference registration at the Co-Presenter Registration Portal.
ALL communications will be sent to the primary email address you will provide in the application. It is important that you provide an email address that you access year-round and does not block FETC® emails. We recommend a personal email and not a school email if you do not control the spam filter.
The information gathered during this process will be used to prepare the agenda, website, signs, and the mobile app. Please be sure that the information you provide is complete and accurate. The following items are required parts of the application submission form below:
Call for Presentations Closes: May 31, 2020
Submission Review Period: May – July, 2020
Invitations to Present Issued: August 2020
FETC 2021: January 26-29, 2021 at the Orange County Convention Center
Each proposal undergoes a process of review and evaluation by the FETC® Program Selection Committee who use the following examination criteria:
Questions About Your Submission? If you have any questions, please contact:
Jennifer Womble, Program Chair, Future of Education Technology Conference
Click here to see a .pdf of the entire FETC Application as a Preview
NOTE: With the high volume of submissions we receive, expect to be notified of the status of your submission in August 2020.
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