Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Future of Education Technology Conference 2019 Recap

The Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) 2019 was held in Orlando Florida from January 27th through 30th.  I signed up for the "Premium" pass which gave you access to EVERYTHING.  The Premium pass gave me unlimited access to the workshops which were by far the best part.  Generally, the workshops were hands-on learning experiences that gave great resources.  In this post, I will be sharing my favorite sessions that I found to be super helpful as well as the resources I received from each session.  This conference is HUGE.  The Orange County Convention Center is massive make sure you bring comfortable shoes.  Next year the conference is moving to Miami. 

Conference Tips: 

➤ If you like a presenter, see if they have other sessions, even if it might not have been something you would check out normally, chances are you will end up with some excellent takeaways.

➤ Check out the Expo- lots of opportunities to win lots of free stuff. If you head to the vendors of products you use, often time they will give you the good giveaways (t-shirts, charging cords, etc) if you mention how much you love their products 😁.  They will also give you great tips and tricks on products you already know and love.

Hipster Google: Tools You Probably Never Heard Of

Presenter: Eric Curts

Summary: This guy was awesome and had plenty of resources to share. This session gave a very broad overview of about fifty google tools that most people have never heard of.  If you click on the Hipster Google Agenda you will find all the tools he mentioned as well as links to get you started on each tool.


It's Getting HOTT in Here: Higher Order Thinking with Technology

Presenter: Becky Shiring 

Summary: This session showed different strategies and technology tools that allow for higher order thinking as well as having total participation in students.  The presenter reference the book "Total Participation Techniques" that I have ordered and will share useful information that I find.  This session was mainly done through Padlet. I found slides 15-26 to be especially useful.


Google Docs Literacy Activities

Presenter: Eric Curts

Summary: Another presentation by Eric Curts, when going to a conference, if I like a presenter, I usually go to another session by them, chances are I will learn just as much the second time. This session gave creative ways to use Google Docs for literacy activities.  The four activities were reduction reading strategy using blackout, emoji learning, writing less and choose your own adventure stories.  

Dynamic Learning with G Suites

Presenter: Kasey Bell

Summary: This session emphasized the importance of making learning dynamic for our students.  She stressed the importance of the 4 C's: creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking.  In this session, the presenter showed examples of using different G Suite products in a dynamic way. Kasey Bell has her own website called Shake Up Learning, highly suggest checking it out, it is full of great resources.  


Awesome Uses of Google Drawings for Schools

Presenter: Eric Curts

Summary: The final session I thought was great for teachers was yet another by Eric Curts. This session shows you how to use Google drawings as well as different ways to implement them in the classroom. Regardless of the subject, you teach I believe there is a place for use of Google Drawings. For those of you that are unfamiliar with Google Drawings, it is basically like Google Slides but just one slide instead of having many.


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