Coverage of the FETC 2012 Conference
Here you'll find coverage of the FETC conference. The 2012 National Conference is being held Jan. 23-26 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's site here.
Software developer Media-X has begun to demonstrate its new collaborative learning platform for mobile devices, eStudent, ahead of the product's formal June release date.
- By Scott Aronowitz
Assistant Principal Patrick McGee explains that whatever the other advantages of adopting iPads and iPods in the classroom, the key is student engagement.
Educators play a critical role in the development of the essential skills students need to navigate the blizzard of unfiltered information available to them via the Web. Michael Wesch, associate professor of cultural anthropology at Kansas State University, said he believes they should also be fostering something more basic: curiosity and imagination.
- By John K. Waters
The term Web 2.0 has been around a while. Some may even consider it passe. Nevertheless, according to Steve Dembo, there's still something to say about the topic.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Author and presentation expert Lynell Burmark offers three concrete tips for teachers to improve their PowerPoint presentations and better engage students.
- By Lynell Burmark
As schools start to place mobile technologies in the hands of every student, the traditional use of the classroom PC is waning. Education technology consultant and FETC 2012 speaker Brent Williams talks about the challenges ahead and why going mobile is in everyone's best interest.
- By Stephen Noonoo
Heidi Hayes Jacobs, is the founder and president of Curriculum Designers, executive director of the National Curriculum Mapping Institute and Academy, and author of the groundbreaking "Curriculum 21: Essential Education for a Changing World." T.H.E. Journal Contributing Writer Jennifer Demski recently sat down with Hayes Jacobs, who will keynote this year's FETC, to discuss why educators must embrace curriculum reform, the impact of the Common Core State Standards on her approach to upgrading curriculum, and her goal for the future of K-12 education.
- By Jennifer Demski
Edmodo, the secure social networking tool designed for education, is the official social media application of FETC 2012. T.H.E. Journal talked with Betsy Whalen, Edmodo's vice president of community engagement, to find out how attendees can get the most out of using Edmodo for their conference-going experience.on the most important elements of any sustainability effort.
Since the preliminary slate of keynotes, workshops, and concurrent sessions for FETC 2012 was released late last year, there have been dozens of additions. Every one of them offers something of value to attendees, but here are a few selected additions that demonstrate the technologies that drive school excellence. A complete up-to-date listing of all events is available in the print program at FETC or at fetc.com.
FETC 2012 gets off to a very quick start Tuesday morning with the third annual "Technology Shoot-Out." Four experts in the world of educational technology who travel the country all year will spend a fast-moving 90 minutes running through the latest, most exciting gadgets, programs, and learning and teaching tools.