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Five Things to Do at FETC 2012

FETC is around the corner, and like many others, I am excited for the opportunities to network with amazing educators, attend thought provoking sessions, and learn about new products and services in the edtech realm.  Conferences can be overwhelming, especially for newcomers!  So I wanted to offer some tips to help others get the most out of FETC 2012.  Below is my list of “Top Five Things to Do and See at FETC 2012.”

1.  Attend a Concurrent Session

Concurrent sessions give participants a chance to learn about new and emerging technologies, as well as learn best practices and get ideas for application and integration with instruction.  Sessions cover a range of topics, including infrastructure, classroom management, mobile learning, social media, global education to , and more.  For a full list of breakout sessions, click here.

2.  Get Inspired by Keynote Sessions

Keynote sessions can often be inspirational presentations from industry leaders that get us excited about the possibilities in educational technology.  I am hoping FETC 2012 is no exception!

3. Get Interactive – Shoot Out Sessions

Don’t miss these sessions, which promise to be fast paced, fun, educational, and interactive.  Two shoot out sessions are being offered, one to kick off and the other to close the conference.  Find out more here.

4. Get Social – Professional Learning Networks

One of the best parts of educational conferences is the opportunity to network face-to-face with your peers.  I am always excited to meet the amazing educators from around the state, country, and world that attend FETC.  Find out about all of the opportunities to build your professional learning network at FETC, including a Tweetup, the Social Media Lounge, and the Blogger’s Cafe.  I am hoping I will find the time to attend all three!

5.  Visit the exhibit hall

The conference exhibit hall can be an intimidating experience, especially for newcomers!  It is a good idea to explore the floor plan ahead of time and make a plan to visit any vendors that seem interesting.  The floor is a great place to learn about new products and services in the world of education technology, as well as pick up some goodies and be entered into drawings to win some great classroom tools.

Are you a veteran conference attendee?  Please share your top tips in the comments.  What sessions are you excited to attend, and what vendors will you plan to visit this year?  Whatever you decide, I hope everyone has a wonderful experience at FETC 2012 and that you leave with new ideas of how to continue pushing forward with technology in your classroom, school, or district.  I hope to see you there!

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