FETC 2009 kicks off Jan. 22


Thousands of educators from across the nation will convene in Orlando, Fla., Jan. 22-24 for the annual Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC)–and eSchool News will be there, too, providing daily conference updates from the convention center floor.

FETC 2009 will feature an opening keynote speech by Philippe Cousteau, chief ocean correspondent for the Discovery Channel’s Animal Planet, and a closing general session in a town hall format with Dr. Frances Haithcock, chancellor of public schools for the Florida Department of Education, who will take questions from the audience about ed-tech challenges and successes.

In between, attendees will have the opportunity to sample some 80 professional development workshops targeting 21st-century skills; more than 200 concurrent sessions addressing topics such as emerging technologies, safety and security, social networking and collaboration, and green computing; and an exhibit hall with some 500 companies displaying their latest ed-tech products and solutions.

FETC participants also can take part in a hands-on Assistive and Instructional Technology Lab to explore new learning technologies; tour Ocoee Middle School, a state demonstration school that models the effective use of technology; and register to compete in a multiplayer tournament of DimensionM, a three-dimensional gaming environment that helps teach math skills.

For daily conference reports, see our FETC Conference Information Center at eSchool News Online: http://www.eschoolnews.com/conference-info/fetc.

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