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FETC 2021 Request for Proposal

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.

Audience

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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FETC Conference Tracks

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.

  • Artificial Intelligence, Block Chain, Facial Recognition and Emerging Technologies
  • Assessment in the Digital Age
  • Budget redesign to allocate for resources in emergency situations
  • Cybersecurity & School Safety
  • Big Data Privacy Concerns during remote learning

  • Data Analytics & Dashboards: Decision Making in the Digital Age
  • Digital Citizenship Programs for staff, parents and students

  • Digital Communication & Marketing with Social Media
  • Education Policy & Accountability
  • Equity Issues: Solving the Problem with district, government and corporate partnerships
  • Evaluating Tech Purchases/Programs/ROI
  • Funding Technology: eRate, Purchasing & Partnerships
  • Future Ready Leadership
  • Future Trends Transforming Teaching & Learning
  • Human Relations: Recruit, Retain, Mental Health
  • Instructional Continuity Support Plan (for Emergencies: snow, hurricane, contagion)
  • Leadership in the Digital Age
 
  • Learning Space Design
  • Leading Organizational Change (Culture, Expectations, Oversight)
  • Legal Issues in Technology Leadership
  • Moving Processes/Procedures (paper based to online/automated processes)
  • New Ways to Celebrate in Education- hosting recognitions in a remote setting
  • Preparing for TeleHealth, Mental Health needs of students and faculty
  • Product Selection & Adoption
  • Professional Development
  • Reinventing Solutions for Inequity (devices, internet, services)

  • School Board Relations (Contracts & Negotiations)
  • School Culture and Change Management
  • Strategic Implementation & Planning Initiatives
  • Video Conferencing Guidelines for Remote Learning & Communication in Crisis


Future of EdTech Coach: 

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.

  • Coach teachers in the integration of technology enhanced learning experiences
  • Coaching best practices during remote learning
  • Communication skills and coaching techniques
  • Conduct needs assessment
  • Cultivate a culture of continuous teacher learning to establish a culture of trust and innovation
  • Current technology trends and teaching strategies
  • Delivering professional development in remote work settings

  • Design personalized instructional strategies
  • Develop strategies that support equitable access to tools and resources for all learners
  • Digital Citizenship Programs for staff, parents and students
  • Evaluate digital tools
  • Hosting effective teleconferences

  • Meet the needs of diverse learners
  • Model the use of differentiated instructional strategies to
  • Online delivery of help sessions and one to one assistance

  • Provide opportunities for teachers to connect and collaborate
  • Provide time for coaches to work with teachers one-on-one
  • Providing Support to remote teachers and students
  • Remote instructional delivery (readiness, resources, engagement and accountability)
  • Support data privacy policies
  • Support innovative pedagogical strategies
  • Support teachers in closing the digital divide
  • Women in school leadership roles

Future of EdTech Educator:

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.

  • AR/VR/MR/XR
  • Assessment Tools
  • Assessment designs and tools for remote learning
  • Best practices for remote instruction: Lessons Learned
  • Blended, Flipped, Virtual, Online Learning, PBL Strategies
  • Brain Based Strategies & Learning Science
  • Classroom Device Management & Learning Space Design
  • Communication & Video Tools
  • Communication and conferences with parents and community during remote learning

  • Computer Science (Coding & AI)
  • Creating instructional learning videos
  • Cybersecurity and challenges of student behavior issues in remote learning
  • Data Analysis and Privacy Issues
  • Design Thinking
  • Digital Teaching Tools
  • Differentiation, Diversity and Equity
  • Digital Citizenship Programs for staff, parents and students

  • eSports
  • Game Based Learning (GBL)
  • Global Collaboration & Connections
  • Grade level expectations and standards

  • Instructional Design
  • Grants & Classroom Funding Opportunities
  • Maximizing online meeting tools: zoom, google hangouts, facetime, webx, flipgrid, teams, etc.
  • MakerEd (3D Printing, Electronics, Robotics, Voice Interfaces)
  • Maximizing the use of blogs, podcasts and video resource libraries

  • Media Literacy & Digital Citizenship
  • Mobile Learning (iPads, 1:1, BYOD)
  • Online teaching and communication privacy issues

  • Personalized Learning
  • Remote instruction curriculum design
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Social Media
  • STEM & STEAM
  • Student online creation tools
  • Software & Apps: (Adobe, Apple, Google, Microsoft tools)
  • Teacher Leaders
  • Technology Embedded Pedagogy
  • Virtual or remote instruction readiness

  • Visual Note Taking
  • Workforce Development and Career Readiness (CTE)

Future of EdTech Assistive Technology:

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.

  • Accessibility
  • Apps & Extensions to support students (across multiple platforms)
  • AR/VR/MR in special education
  • Assistive technologies
  • Autism (i.e. communication, social & life skills) tools
  • Behavior data tools
  • Challenges of supporting special needs staff and students during remote learning

  • Coding, Robotics & eSports for students with disabilities/special needs
  • Creating Accessible Documents and Slide Decks
  • Creating High-Quality and Accessible Video
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Digital Citizenship Programs for staff, parents and students

  • Digital citizenship/literacy
  • Dyslexia tools
  • Executive functioning supports
  • Following 504 and IEP requirements while teaching remotely

  • Inclusive practices
  • Inclusive STEM, STEAM & Maker Ed
  • Leadership 
  • Legal Updates to Special Education post coronavirus

  • Literacy/Reading & Writing tools
  • Making Math Notation Accessible

  • MTSS
  • Multi-modal tools to promote student voice and choice
  • Online Instructional reading practices for students with disabilities
  • Resources for virtual instruction
  • Supporting Accessibility in Distance Education
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Future of EdTech Information Technology:

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.

  • Campus Safety/Security
  • Changing Support Models for a Remote Workforce

  • Cloud Computing Strategies
  • Crisis Management (for all emergencies: snow, hurricane, contagion)

  • Cybersecurity Awareness
  • Data Ecosystems / Analytics
  • Data Privacy
  • Data Services & Network Tools
  • Digital Citizenship Programs for staff, parents and students

  • Digital Content Integration
  • Emerging Technologies: Block Chain, IoT, Facial Recognition, etc.
  • Enterprise Project Management
  • Enterprise Strategic Planning
  • Equity Issues: Solving the Problem with district, government and corporate partnerships

  • Financial Planning/Forecasting
  • Governance
  • Internet Services & Access
  • Leading Organizational Change (Culture, Expectations, Oversight)
  • Leading a remote workforce (communication, oversight, accountability, daily management)
  • Mobile, 1:1, BYOD Rollout & Management
  • Moving from paper-based processes to online and automated processes

  • New Modalities of Delivering Professional Development

  • Network Security
  • Organizational Change Management
  • Product Selection & Adoption
  • Purchasing & Partnerships
  • Recruiting/Retaining/Succession Planning
  • Service Desk Best Practices for supporting both an onsite and remote workforce
  • Staff Development

Future of EdTech Library Media Specialist

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.

  • Access materials in all formats to strengthen literacy skills
  • Advocate for underrepresented student groups and culturally responsive instructional practices
  • Assess tools and resources to support decision makers in the responsible use of funds
  • Coding, Robotics & Computer Science Skills
  • Collaborating with teachers to build personalized curriculum
  • Coordinate the distribution of school technology equipment
  • Copyright Guidelines during remote learning

  • Curate digital resources and curriculum tools
  • Deliver instructional materials that reflect current information needs
  • Device Management
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Digital Literacy
  • Distribution and management of library resources during remote learning

  • Education Policies, Privacy, Safety and Security
  • Empower students as creators
  • Ethical use of information
  • Evaluate information technologies and emerging apps
  • Family engagement and school communication
  • Game Based Learning and eSports
  • Information and Media literacy
  • Learning Space Design
  • Learning Science applications
  • MakerEd Space Design
  • Making global connections
  • National trends of popular books, engaging technology programs and student interests
  • Order and maintain quality media materials
  • Oversee television news programs and video production
  • Social Emotional Learning and Mental Health
  • Screen time-health & safety
  • Sharing resources with staff during remote learning

  • STEM Lab Design
  • Technology skills


Presentation Formats 

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.

Presenter Information

Registration

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.

Information Needed to Complete Application

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:

  • Provide an e-mail address without school district SPAM block. It is important that you provide an email address that you access year-round and does not block FETC® emails.  Please use a personal e-mail address for the Presenter.
  • Title of presentation (10 word maximum--may be edited for publication)
  • Session description to be used by the program review committee in evaluating your submission
    (150 word maximum-- may be edited for publication) Description must reflect what attendees will learn from the session.
  • Presenter biography (150 word maximum)
  • High resolution headshot photograph of presenter (3MB max; .jpg, .png, .gif only)
  • Co-presenters details (email address, headshot, bio, title) * Co-presenters can be added later.

Presentation Selection Timeline

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

Review and Evaluation Criteria

Each proposal undergoes a process of review and evaluation by the FETC® Program Selection Committee who use the following examination criteria:

  • Interest and engagement of conference attendees
  • Current and/or cutting-edge topic
  • Content of presentation
  • Relevance to conference tracks
  • Research based strategies and methods
  • Implementation possibilities explained

Presenter Responsibilities

Contact Information: Please keep your contact information up-to-date and log in to your Speaker Service Center to get updates on your presentation. All event details and information for presenters are distributed in the Speaker Service Center online at the FETC webpage.

Presentation Equipment: FETC® requires all presenters to supply their own computers, laptop or tablets for their session to present. If using an Apple device or tablet, presenters need to provide the appropriate projector connection (dongle). Standard A/V for every presentation includes: wireless Internet access available, LCD projector, screen, and microphone.

Presentation Materials: Part of effective professional development is providing meaningful presentation materials and online resources that allow the participants to further their learning. It is expected that presenters provide electronic presentation materials, handouts and/or follow-up materials for our event participants.

Social Media Engagement: FETC® expects all presenters to share their presentation notification and experiences about FETC® with their professional networks via social media (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.) FETC® will provide digital badges to place on blogs, websites and electronic media.

 

Questions About Your Submission? If you have any questions, please contact:
Jennifer Womble, Program Chair, Future of Education Technology Conference
edtechspeaker@lrp.com
 

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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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