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

Ed Publisher Offers Multimodal Instruction System for Struggling Students

Brainchild, a publisher of educational assessment and intervention programs, is offering a new approach to instruction that keeps students continuously working and engaged while in the classroom.

Good Science, Great Technology Will Drive Student Engagement

It's up to America's teachers to get the country's youth involved in critical environment issues. But that's not going to happen if teachers aren't delivering the message in a way that engages students, according to Ed Begley Jr., who delivered the opening general address at this year's FETC conference in Florida. "We have to speak in a language young people understand. And that language," he said, "is technology."

Florida Virtual School Takes Courses Across State Lines

An education organization in Florida has teamed up with a company that develops learning tools to launch a new service that provides online learning for K-12 schools. Florida Virtual School (FLVS), which delivers online instruction to K-12 students in Florida, is working with Agilix Labs in the launch of BrainHoney, announced at FETC 2010 in Orlando. This solution is intended to provide schools, districts, and states a means to deliver accredited online courses to their students.

Discovery Education To Stream Natural History Series

Discovery Education has announced it will stream each episode of Discovery Channel's new natural history series Life beginning the day after it premieres on the cable TV network.

Promethean, Waterford Launch Whiteboard Lessons for Early Reading

Waterford and Promethean announced this week at the FETC 2010 conference that they have created a set of ActivLessons (interactive whiteboard lessons) designed to boost reading comprehension in early education students.

Louisiana Takes Instructional Support Online with Peer Connection

The Office of the Governor of Louisiana has chosen PBS TeacherLine's Peer Connection to provide ongoing support for professional development education operated by the state.

PublicSchoolWorks Debuts Fraud Reporting System

PublicSchoolWorks has released a new Fraud Reporting System that that integrates with its EmployeeSafe Suite. The system allows staff to report complaints and suspicious activity anonymously.

FLVS To Add Texthelp Read Aloud Technology to Online Courses

Florida Virtual School, which provides online classes for K-12 students in Florida, will shortly expand deployment of a text-to-speech function it has been testing for its courses.

Indianapolis Public Schools Replace Textbooks with Digital Content

In a pilot program announced at FETC 2010 in Orlando, 12 schools in the Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) system will replace traditional textbooks with digital content from Discovery Education. The program also includes curriculum alignment services, professional development, and hardware.

Education Nonprofit Intros K-5 Math Instructional System

At the FETC 2010 conference in Orlando, FL educational non-profit researcher and publisher MIND Research Institute announced its newest innovations in elementary mathematics instruction.

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