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.
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.
School Specialty, a provider of educational products and services, will introduce its new line of classroom technology solutions at FETC 2012 next week.
Apple's new interactive textbook authoring system might just revolutionize the way districts develop their own curriculum. T.H.E. Journal Editorial Director Therese Mageau was on hand for its product announcement in New York Jan. 19, and has her own take on it.
- By Therese Mageau
Back in 1999, on a dare from her then-sixth-grade class, Reno, NV, middle school teacher and 2012 FETC keynote speaker Tierney Cahill accepted the challenge of a lifetime and embarked on the ultimate project-based learning assignment: With no prior political experience, and a shoestring budget of just $7,000--but the help of her students--Cahill ran for her district's seat in the US House of Representatives, spurred on by one student's cynicism that only millionaires and the well-connected can run for public office.
- By Stephen Noonoo
Ocoee Middle School, Florida's technology demonstration school, is replacing its electronic whiteboards and slates in favor of Apple iPads and the Doceri software package from San Francisco-based SP Controls, a provider of audio/visual controls and interfaces.
- By Mike Hohenbrink
Technology Director Anthony A. Luscre of Mogadore Local Schools challenges educators to use students' mobile devices to provide technology-rich, highly engaging, and fun learning experiences that reflect real-world skills.
- By Anthony A. Luscre
Early learning technology provider Hatch will present "Bridging the Digital Divide with Early Intervention" at the Florida Education Technology Conference at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL next week.
PBS LearningMedia released the findings of a national survey of grade preK-12 teachers about the role of technology and barriers to digital resources today at the Florida Education Technology Conference in Orlando.
Non-profit MIND Research Institute is expanding its ST Math onto major mobile platforms.
Most parents who participated in a newly released education survey--about 88 percent--said they believe real-time access to student data is either "extremely important" or "very important." But only about 70 percent said their children's schools were good at supplying such information.