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Coverage of the FETC 2013 Conference

Here you'll find coverage of the FETC conference. The 2013 National Conference is being held Jan. 28-31 in Orlando, FL. We're providing news from the show floor, session highlights, and lead-up interviews with ed tech leaders who will be delivering keynote addresses and moderating sessions at the event. You'll also find coverage of past FETC events deeper in these archives. For show schedule, registration information, and other details about the conference itself, visit FETC.org.


Mobile That Works

Successful mobile learning initiatives require cultural change and a student-centric approach.

To Create 21st Century Leaders, One District Lets the Students Drive

A rural Iowa school district led by Andy Crozier, superintendent and upcoming FETC speaker, is using technology to develop student leaders, foster creativity, and drive learning beyond the status quo. See how.

What's Changing Education? For This Tech Tool Expert, It's Collaboration

If eduTecher founder and FETC presenter Adam Bellow had his way, K-12 educators would jump out of the technology "echo chambers" that many of them are trapped in and test out new tools, implement new applications, collaborate among each other, and allow more student-owned devices into the classroom.

Engaging Without Restrictions

Restrictive approaches to social media in the classroom are hurting K-12 districts that expect their teachers to successfully guide students into the new media world. According to Steven Anderson, director of instructional technology at Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, "best practices and guidelines have to allow kids to both explore and make mistakes."

Breaking Down Technology's Barriers

"Comfort is a dangerous addiction that deprives us of opportunities," according to Rushton Hurley, founder and executive director of the educational nonprofit Next Vista for Learning, "and prevents us from getting excited about new prospects."

For Educators, the Merits of a Mobile OS That Doesn't Start With 'i'

Ed tech consultant and 'Fandroid' Leslie Fisher explains why educators need to pay attention to Android to prepare for the future.

4 No-Cost Tools for Educators

Technology doesn't have to be expensive. Just ask John Kuglin, a long-time tech guru who shows educators how to tap into myriad free Web resources that can be used in and out of the classroom.

Picture Perfect: Teaching to Visual Literacy

Visual Literacy proponent Lynell Burmark explains why the use of images is so important in the classroom and how it can help teachers meet the challenges of getting through the curriculum and engaging students in skills and content they'll actually remember and apply after the test.

Bringing Passion and Collaboration to Professional Development

For "community of practice" expert Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, the first steps toward improving teachers' professional development are bringing them together and keeping them interested.

Creating Device Neutral Assignments for BYOD Classes

Educators don’t have to alter lessons for each device, argues BYOD expert Ron Milliner.

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