8 Reasons to Attend the #NYCSchoolsTech Summit on August 17th in Manhattan

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Any New York City teacher can register to attend the 10th annual #NYCSchoolsTech Summit, which will be back in-person on Wednesday, August 17 at LaGuardia High School in Manhattan. At the Summit, you’ll find dozens of thought-provoking sessions, hear best instructional practices, gain edtech insights, learn about new technologies and strategies, and network with colleagues.

There are lots of other reasons to attend the Tech Summit. Here are eight: 

A chance for in-person connection

It’s been over two years since DIIT has held a large, in-person conference. This conference is a chance to reconnect with colleagues and meet SPOCs, librarians, and parent coordinators in person. In some cases, it’ll be a chance to meet colleagues in-person for the first time! 

The latest tech

Emergency remote teaching turned New York City into the largest district in the nation with one device for each student. Wonder what devices and software kids are using these days? Come take a spin on the vendor floor and find out. 


This year’s keynote speaker is Roya Mahboob, an entrepreneur and Afghanistan’s first female tech CEO who has used her success and expertise to help educate and empower Afghan women and girls. She founded the Digital Citizen Fund and the Afghan Girls Robotics Team, and has worked to build innovation/tech centers across Afghanistan. 

Escape room - made by students!

Can you make it out of the escape room? Give it a shot and see if you can solve a series of puzzles and decipher clues about ed tech to make it out of the room! Students at Thomas A. Edison Career & Technical Education High School designed the entire experience. 

Special guest star

Gaspare Randazzo is a New York City teacher and stand-up comedian, performing in clubs around the city. He’ll be on stage, during the closing remarks, to talk about life as a teacher. 

Social Media Scavenger Hunt

Is your Insta and Twitter game on point? Share what you’ve learned in the Social Media Scavenger Hunt using #NYCSchoolsTech for a chance to win terrific prizes. 

Many teacher-led sessions

Teachers will host many of the summit's sessions. They’ll share their real experiences with the technology they’re using.

Free food!

We all love free food and snacks. Come to the Summit for coffee, snacks, and a delicious lunch. 

This was cross-posted at The Innovative Educator.

Lisa Nielsen (@InnovativeEdu) has worked as a public-school educator and administrator since 1997. She is a prolific writer best known for her award-winning blog, The Innovative Educator. Nielsen is the author of several books and her writing has been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Tech & Learning.  

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