“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is most important.” —Bill Gates

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tech PD Coming Up


Hi everyone!

I've spent these past few days searching for off-campus professional development opportunities for teachers at my school that might be interested in going to.
 
What am I looking for? 
  • Events that focus on Technology Integration, Technology and Education, Innovation, 21st Century Learning, etc.
  • Events that are at a reasonable distance from our current location.
I've personally attended ISTE, TCEA, and GAFE conferences and can say that these kinds of experiences are one of a kind!

Why should you go?
  • Stay updated on the latest in tech integration and innovation.
  • Learn from fellow educators.
  • Develop your professional network.
  • Get inspired to produce a change.
  • Stay informed on what other schools are doing.
  • Meet rockstars in the education field!
Below is a table with the information I've gathered for events that will take place within this school year. I wish I could go to all, they all sound fantastic!

If you know of another conference or event related to Technology Integration, please leave a comment.

Cheers!

ConferenceLocationDates
(2015)
Cost
(USD)
Registration deadlineDescription
GAFE Summit MX (Google Apps For Education)Mexico City, MXJanuary 31-February 1                  $275Dec 2 for early birdRegister now to send teachers, administrators, tech directors, library media specialists, tech support staff, CTOs, and anyone who is interested in finding out more about leveraging Google Apps for Education to support student learning.
FETC 2015 (Future of Educational Technology National Conference)Orlando, FLJanuary 20-23Registration - Early Bird $290, then $340, Workshops -Before Dec 12, between $100-$225Dec 12, 2014 for early birdExplore the integration of technology across the curriculum, from pre-kindergarten to college through hands-on exposure to technological tools and best practices. Be inspired by education technology implementations in compelling sessions, workshops and events for education professionals, industry leaders and policy practitioners committed to the future of teaching and learning.
TCEA 2015 (Texas Computer Education Association)Austin, TXFebruary 2-6$277Passionate teachers, campus and district leaders unite at this annual event to gather and share the latest trends and best practices for creating engaging classrooms that excite todays active and inspired learners. The TCEA Annual Convention & Exposition boasts five content-filled days for campus and district-level administrators, teachers, librarians and all involved with technology integration, implementation, or management.
NAIS 2015 (National Association of Independent Schools)Boston, MAFebruary 25-27Registration Early bird $740 before Jan 23Jan 23, 2015 for early birdLearn how design thinking techniques can reinvigorate and transform your school into a cutting-edge center for learning in a new age. Together let’s build a plan to prepare our 21st century students to embrace the challenges of higher education, global citizenship, and the workplace with flexibility, grit, and resilience.​​​
SXSWedu (South by Southwest)Austin, TXMarch 9-12$345Feb 13, 2015The SXSWedu Conference & Festival features four days of compelling content for education professionals, industry leaders and policy makers looking to connect, collaborate, create and change how we teach and learn.
ISTE 2015 (International Society for Technology in Education)Philadelphia, PAJune 28-July 1Early bird $392 before Mar 1March 1, 2014 for early birdFor more than three decades the ISTE Conference & Expo has been the premier forum in which to learn, exchange ideas and survey the field of education technology. The event attracts upwards of 18,000 attendees and industry representatives, including teachers, technology coordinators, administrators, library media specialists, teacher educators and policy makers. Attendees enjoy world-class keynotes, hundreds of sessions in a variety of formats and a massive expo hall.

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