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It’s not easy for K-12 educators to stay on top of emerging trends in educational technology.
Even if you are aware of new programs and apps that could potentially enhance the learning environment, you might run into barriers such as funding for equipment and training. Conferences are a great way for teachers and administrators not only to see what’s new in EdTech, but also to learn how to break down barriers to implementation.
Here are a few key events in the EdTech space that you should check out.
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is a leading nonprofit organization that connects educators and education leaders with transformational, leading edge technologies. In its third decade, the four-day ISTE Conference & Expo brings together nearly 18,000 attendees and industry representatives for a massive EdTech idea exchange. The event is geared toward teachers, teacher educators, policy makers, administrators, and anyone else who may be interested in the EdTech sector.
Virtual attendance is possible through ISTE Live, which includes live streaming of keynotes, peer moderated chat sessions, and recorded archives. As an extra bonus, the conference often provides a downloadable presentation for teachers to use to make the case for conference participation funding.
SXSWedu is part of the South by Southwest family of conferences and festivals. The four-day event provides a platform to encourage creativity and social change in the field of EdTech. You can expect compelling sessions and collaborative workshops for education professionals, industry leaders, and policy practitioners who are committed to innovation in teaching and learning.
Google for Education Summits are one- to two-day events primarily focused on practical uses of Google Apps for Education. Designed for school leaders, teachers, and IT professionals, the summits provide leveled training that can be immediately applied to the classroom. Workshops on other Google products, such as Google Earth, YouTube for Schools, and Google Search, are also available.
Established in 2010, the Edcamp unconference series is a grassroots, worldwide platform for educators to gather, share resources, and generate ideas for high-quality teaching and education. Edcamp provides professional development opportunities for educators through collaborative workshops, discussion of EdTech tools, and much more. Events are hosted all across the globe and are always unique and based on the needs of the attendees.
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