FETC Reflections & Giveaway Winners


FETC Conference hall

I had a great time traveling to Florida for FETC 2012.   Coming from New England, I really appreciated the 80 degree sunshine in the middle of January!

I had the chance to attend a few sessions, my favorite being “Rock Your Student’s Education with Technology” presented by Caryn Good.  Caryn’s presentation went over everything from Glogster EDU to Blabberize to Vokis. There wasn’t an open seat in room S230E.  I think that there were more people standing or sitting on the floor than in the Technology Shootout that kicked off the conference!

I also attended Lauren Tate’s session, “Increasing Engagement with Web 2.0 tools.” Lauren is a young educator who really knows how to bring life into a classroom.  She captures her students’ attention by using every Web 2.0 tool imaginable.

I also want to take this opportunity to congratulate all of our Premium License giveaway winners:

Alex Sadowsky, 5th grade teacher from Flora Ridge Osceola

Kathleen McAllister, Duval County Schools

Arlene Sutherland, librarian from Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy

Barb Bodley, technology teacher from Armleder Education Center

All in all, the FETC conference was a great success!  However, I must admit the best part about the entire trip was when I ran into the Vice President for Wilson Sporting Goods in the airport on the way back to Boston.  He will be sending me a game ball from this weekend’s Super Bowl.  Go Pats!  Go Glogster! Go FETC!!

GO PATS!!

One more time: GO PATS!!

Getting ready for FETC!

FETC 2012Next week I’ll be heading down to Orlando for the Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC). I can’t wait to meet educators and fellow technology professionals who are shaping the future of education. (And maybe try to soak up some sun while I’m at it!)

There are a ton of interesting sessions on the schedule, but I’ve picked out three in particular that I’ll definitely be attending. At the end of these presentations, you’ll have the opportunity to enter a raffle to win a FREE Teacher Premium License. So come on by!

1. K-5 Research Projects Go Digital (CS5426) – Wednesday, January 25 at 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Deborah Icard and Jane Brady Hudson will show how to bring elementary research projects into the digital world with Web 2.0 tools such as Prezi, Animoto, Glogster, Voicethread, Xtranormal, Blabberize, blogs, & podcasts.

2. Increasing Engagement with Web 2.0 Tools (CS8233) – Thursday, January 26 at 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Lauren Tate will guide you through an introduction of a few key Web 2.0 tools: Prezi, Glogster, Voicethread, and Storybird. There will be time for group collaboration, assistance, and discussion. Bring your laptops!

3. Rock Your Student’s Education with Technology! (CS9743) – Thursday, January 26 at 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Caryn Good’s session will be jam-packed with great ideas for utilizing free technologies in all subject areas. Learn about Glogster EDU, VuVox, Blabberize, Popplet, Symbaloo, Voki and more.

Make sure to stop by the Google booth (#1101) on Thursday, January 26 between 1:45 and 2:00 PM to watch me demo Glogster EDU on a Google Chromebook. 

Will you be at FETC? Email me at mike.sielawa@glogster.com, and we’ll find a time to meet!