Keynote speakers at FETC 2010

Hall_DavidsonThis year’s conference features keynote sessions from the Discovery Educator Network’s Hall Davidson and The Metiri Group’s Cheryl Lemke. Click here to see all speakers.

Integrate, promote student technology use at FETC 2010

Ed Begley Jr. delivers the opening keynote.
Ed Begley Jr. delivers the opening keynote.

More than 400 of the nation’s top technology companies, dozens of global experts on educational technology, and thousands of educators will convene in Orlando, Fla., in January when FETC 2010 convenes for its 30th anniversary conference.

Teachers, administrators, technology enthusiasts, bloggers, and Web 2.0 experts have already registered for FETC 2010. The conference, which will be held at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center January 12-15, gives K-12 educators and administrators an opportunity to explore different technologies across the board, while increasing their familiarity with the latest hardware, software, successful strategies, and promoting student technology use.

Concurrent sessions focus on online learning to extend education opportunities, digital copyright, emerging technologies, blogging, K-12 laptop programs, and student television production.…Read More

How to use interactive media as teaching tools


Interactive media has changed the way students learn and will continue to change the way teachers teach, says Chris Dede, a professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.

“Almost any piece of information can now be found online in less than a minute,” he said during a morning keynote session Jan. 24 at the Florida Educational Technology Conference in Orlando. “We, as educators, must decide what … knowledge every student should learn to prepare for 21st-century work and citizenship.”…Read More

Gaming is the future of classroom instruction


Gaming is moving out of the entertainment domain and into other areas, said Jim Brazell, president of

“We now have serious games. There are applications of video games to domains other than entertainment,” he said Jan. 22 at an “eye opening” keynote — so named for its start time 28 minutes after sunrise — during the Florida Education Technology Conference. “Video games do not belong pigeon holed in entertainment.”…Read More

Technology brings a rising tide of change


It is up to educators to inspire their students to become environmental leaders and help restore and protect the world’s oceans, said Philippe Cousteau, chief ocean correspondent for Animal Planet, at the opening general session of the Florida Education Technology Conference (FETC) in Orlando.

Cousteau, son of Philippe Cousteau Sr. and grandson of Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau, spoke to educators from 49 states and 17 countries Jan. 22, explaining how education has gotten him to where he is today.…Read More

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.…Read More