FETC 2023 is Almost Here!
Events on January 18 2023
The Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) is around the corner. Join us in New Orleans to chat about edtech, project-based learning, educator PD, and much more. The 2023 conference will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA from January 23rd into January 26th. We will be attending as exhibitors and our talented team members will be hosting five different sessions. We have something for everyone, so if you’re going to FETC, be sure to join us for a session, or a chat at our booth.
Event and exhibition details
We’ll be in the exhibition hall in the iBlocks PBL booth, number 1923, talking about our ground-breaking PBL experiences. An iBlock is a 10-part progression of student-led, teacher-guided activities that center on cross-curricular skill building and culminate in a capstone project. Come chat with us to learn how simple it can be to incorporate STEAM-based PBL in your school. We have a library of over 40 topics to choose from, with more topics on the horizon. Along with our sample iBlocks, the booth will also include some of our top edtech offerings. Our team members can show you how to seamlessly integrate edtech like robots, 3D printing, and more into your classroom.
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Can’t miss sessions
In addition to discussing all things edtech and PBL at the booth, our Professional Development and Curriculum team members will be presenting special sessions. FETC Workshops require an additional registration fee or premium registration, so if you need to register or upgrade, visit the FETC Registration Page. All workshops are BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) for hands on participation. Here are the sessions we are offering:
Using Emojis to Manage Classroom Routines and Activities
Emma Foley, Senior Curriculum Specialist
Monday, January 23 | 1:30PM – 4:30PM CST
Room 211-13, Table 34 | Session #MMS T34
Who doesn’t love a good emoji? You may already be using emojis in some way in your classroom, but did you know that these little characters can be a great visual cue for students as they work through assignments? Join me as I share suggestions for incorporating emojis into your pre-existing assignments and explore how these fun characters can even help you to manage classroom routines!
Creating Student Driven Instruction with Lumio
Robert Abraham, Instructional Strategist
Tuesday, January 24 | 8:00AM – 10:00AM CST
Room 352 | Session #$W136
The more technology advances, the more independent today’s learners can become! Lumio, formerly known as SMART Learning Suite Online, enables students to take control of their learning in a multitude of ways. Lumio is a collaborative learning tool made for student engagement. Contributing to workspace activities, accessing lessons outside of class, and manipulating individual handouts are just some levels of ownership students can take. Join us as we walk through what’s possible when students can access lessons from anywhere, at any time, and on any device! Design your next activity and be ready to implement as soon as you get back to your district!
3D Print Your Emotions
Cori Frede, Professional Development Specialist
Tuesday, January 24 | 4:00PM – 4:30PM CST
STEM Theater Booth 618 | Session #STEM06
3D printing isn’t just for the STEM classroom. Join us as we explore the basics of getting started with Tinkercad and lesson ideas for social-emotional learning (SEL) where students can create models that represent their emotions.
Getting Started with Robotics Without Stocking Up on Robotic Products
Cori Frede, Professional Development Specialist
Wednesday, January 25 | 10:00AM – 10:45AM CST
Room: R5, Table 5 | Session #C076 RT5
Whether you have twenty robots, one robot, or none, you can get started robotics in your classroom. Many popular robotic tools offer a virtual replication of their robot so students can program and test their codes. During this session, you will learn about a few platforms such as micro:bit, Ozobots, Sam Labs, Dot and Dash, and more which will allow your students to get started before getting their hands on equipment. Take on a virtual challenge and put yourself in the student’s seat.
Using Google Tools to Support PBL in the Science Classroom
Nicole Mathew, Curriculum Specialist
Thursday, January 26 | 9:00AM – 11:00AM CST
Room: 345 | Session #$W255
Project-based learning, in conjunction with the productivity and collaboration tools available in Google Workspace, can support and enhance student outcomes. We’ll take a look at how a variety of Google tools including Google Earth, Google Maps, and Google Arts & Culture can support PBL experiences in the science classroom, from research to publishing and sharing.
We’re so excited to speak with you all at FETC 2023 – we’ve got giveaways and a few surprises in store, so make sure you connect with us! Don’t forget to check out our iBlocks PBL library, and our online professional development platform, OTIS for educators. We’ll see you in NOLA – don’t forget to tag us in your FETC pics on social!
We also offer virtual professional development, training, and support with OTIS for educators. Explore the technology and strategies that spark student success — no matter where teaching or learning are happening!
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