More than 400 of the nation’s top technology companies, dozens of global experts on educational technology, and thousands of educators will convene in Orlando, Fla., in January when FETC 2010 convenes for its 30th anniversary conference.
Teachers, administrators, technology enthusiasts, bloggers, and Web 2.0 experts have already registered for FETC 2010. The conference, which will be held at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center January 12-15, gives K-12 educators and administrators an opportunity to explore different technologies across the board, while increasing their familiarity with the latest hardware, software, successful strategies, and promoting student technology use.
Concurrent sessions focus on online learning to extend education opportunities, digital copyright, emerging technologies, blogging, K-12 laptop programs, and student television production.
Ed Begley Jr. will deliver the opening session keynote on Jan. 13. Among many movie and television roles, Begley stars in the Planet Green series Living With Ed, which examines Begley’s day-to-day experiences as he attempts to be as "green" as possible.
Known for turning up at Hollywood events on his bicycle, he has served as chairman of the Environmental Media Association and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. He serves on the boards of organizations including the Thoreau Institute, the Earth Communications Office, Tree People, and Friends of the Earth.
Begley will speak on the importance of education and personal responsibility for the environment.
"FETC is a great opportunity for educators from around the country to explore the latest in educational technology through workshops, speakers and hands-on experiences," said Michael Eason, executive director of FETC. "Not only do attendees have the opportunity to learn about best practices from national experts, but they can also see and purchase the latest innovations in classroom technology from more than 400 exhibitors."
This year’s conference will present more than 200 concurrent sessions and 80-plus ticketed workshops focusing on hot-topic areas such as 21st century skills, accountability, community connections, digital content, future and emerging technologies, and virtual learning. In addition, educators will be able to find solutions for working with tight budgets, improving curriculum, and effectively integrating technology into the classroom.
New to this year’s conference is a "Brown Bag and Pre-Keynote Session" which will give attendees a first glimpse of the newest tech tools before the Opening General Session. Three of the nation’s foremost education technology leaders–Hall Davidson, Leslie Fisher, and John Kuglin–will share their personal favorites while attendees enjoy a brown-bagged lunch. The 90-minute session will conclude with participants casting votes for their favorite "must have" ed-tech tool.
"Today’s economic and budget challenges make it even more essential for educators and administrators to attend professional development events such as FETC in order to learn about best practices and tools for extending limited resources," said Eason. "Technology offers a way to do more with much less."