Making the Most Of Edtech Conferences

Making the Most Of Edtech Conferences

It’s been a busy conference season, with thousands gathering at BETT, FETC, and TCEA to network, check out the latest tools for schools, and learn new ideas from innovative speakers. One of the best ways to get the most out of these “mega-conferences” is to have a plan of action. Districts spend millions of dollars sending staff to these events, but if they don’t return with anything of use for learning, it’s a waste. At Eanes ISD, we’ve created a Slack channel to share resources and had teachers present their findings at faculty meetings and at our summer learning event. But districts don’t even have to go that far. A simple checklist of 3’s can do wonders for helping teachers share what they learned, like the following:

■ 3 “mind-blowing” moments
■ 3 ways I want to grow professionally
■ 3 ideas for campus and/or district improvement

Going to events like these with a plan and a purpose can make all the difference in the world when it comes to sharing benefits with your district.

Carl Hooker, Director of Innovation & Digital Learning, Eanes Independent School District

Carl Hooker has spent the past 20+ years in education as a teacher and administrator focused on the thoughtful integration of technology and innovation. He consults for multiple districts across the country and is a frequent speaker at state and national events. In his free time he's an author, DJ, podcast host, Poetry Slammer, and Trivia Night MC. He's the co-founder of the social platform Check out his latest book Ready Set FAIL! Now available for order here:  Read more of his blogs at Hooked on Innovation.