FETC 2003 Promises Everything ‘Under the Sea’

The 24th Annual Florida Educational Technology Conference promises everything “under the sea” regarding education technology. This year’s ocean-themed conference takes place Feb. 4-6 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., and is expected to showcase the latest education technology products and services from more than 400 companies.

Peter Benchley, the best-selling author of Jaws, will deliver the keynote address, using his more than 30 years of hands-on experience with sharks and other marine life to offer a unique insight on aquatic education. Other scheduled speakers include Florida Secretary of Education Jim Horne, U.S. Secretary of Education John Bailey, and Cheryl Williams of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

This year’s FETC will offer about 200 sessions, providing awareness and training in education technology. During these concurrent sessions, educators can share their experiences and successful classroom practices on topics such as adaptive and assistive technology, computer programming and languages, distance learning and telecommunications, multimedia and media production, professional development, and technology and curriculum integration. Also, a special session for first-time FETC visitors is being held prior to the opening session.

In addition to the conference sessions, a variety of 67 full- and half-day workshops are being offered to attendees. These workshops will give participants the opportunity to create materials, learn new skills and explore topics in more depth than a conference session may provide. Workshops are available in hands-on and demonstration formats, and include such topics as “Digital Storytelling,” “Videoconferenc-ing in your Classroom” and “Advanced Topics in Computer Networking.”

For more information on FETC 2003, visit www.fetc.org or call (850) 219-9600.

This article originally appeared in the 01/01/2003 issue of THE Journal.

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