BY: NOODLE MARKETS TEAM
The 2017 conference season is upon us and kicks off with one of our favorites: The Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC). Now in its 37th year, FETC continues to attract top national education and technology innovators. Nearly 10,000 attendees will travel to Orlando this January 24-27 for panels, demonstrations, and collaboration. The team at Noodle Markets is pumped.
Here’s a countdown of the top 3 things we’re looking forward to:
3. Seeing a zillion* innovative products & services in person.
From robotics to 3D printing to assessment to apps, every corner of the PK-12 EdTech space is represented. As we all know, exhibition floors can be overwhelming and FETC is going to be packed. Check out this exhibitor list beforehand to get the lay of the land and plan your must-sees.
Don’t forget to stop by and say hello to the Noodle Markets team in the Startup Pavilion. The Startup Pavilion caters to companies and organizations that are less than two years old. You’ll recognize some of the industry’s recent headline grabbers, but we always look forward to discovering surprising newcomers. Our neighbors include Brainspace, a powerful machine learning platform, SIIA’s Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN), and CodeMonkey, an online game that teaches programming in a real language (CoffeeScript), among others.
2. Hearing from innovative educators.
FETC will host some of the most powerful and prescient voices in K-12. Dr. Darryl Adams, who recently retired as the “Rock and Roll” superintendent of the Coachella Valley School District, will be involved in two sessions: “What does a 21st Century Administrator Look Like?” and “Essentials for Building an EdTech Department.” Post-retirement, Adams has confirmed he will remain an advocate and thought leader to improve the education world with his unique brand of servant leadership. Before you get to Orlando, check out Dr. Adams in our “Humans of K-12 Procurement” docuseries, where he addressed the need to innovate the “convoluted” and “archaic” processes behind district purchasing.
We’ll also see Rafranz Davis, the Executive Director of Professional and Digital Learning of Lufkin Independent School District in Texas, as she takes part in “Opening the Doors of Diversity in EdTech” and “Empowering Thoughtful Leadership Through Communities of Practice.” Davis is one of EdTech’s most prolific voices advocating for investment in STEM and equal opportunities for all. (She’s also a pioneering user of Noodle Markets!)
Additional Panels on Our List:
Thursday, January 26
- 10:00AM–11:00AM: C104: Creating Schools that are Future Ready
- 1:00PM–1:40PM: C319: The Group Smackdown: Best Teacher Approved EdTech Tools for the Classroom
- 2:00PM–2:40PM: C422: Ed-Fi Integration: Creating a Data Collaborative You Can Be Proud Of
- 4:20PM–5:00PM: C622: Saving Big Money: How to Improve Efficiency, Transparency and Collaboration with National K-12 Purchasing Data
Friday, January 27
- 10:00AM–11:00AM: C704: Preparing for E-rate Funding Year 2017
- 1:00PM–1:40PM: C903: The Future of Education Technology Panel: EdTech Developments Ahead
1. Evangelizing about transparency and efficacy in K-12 buying.
The ways that products and services make it into our schools are murky to many K-12 stakeholders, from classroom teachers, to administrators, and even some procurement professionals. Noodle Markets CEO Nicole Neal will tackle the subject in her Friday talk “The K-12 Purchasing Renaissance” and show how efficiently connecting buyers and schools can be a game changer in education.
K-12 buying is a dense topic, but it matters. Buying cycles should be shorter, product efficacy should be transparent, product prices should be consistent. Most importantly, educators should be able to get the best and right products into their schools and know which are improving student outcomes — and which aren’t.
We hope you’ll attend this lively discussion Friday, January 27 at 12PM in the OCCC South 331CD Room.
We can’t wait to see you at FETC. Let’s do this.
* Okay, not literally a zillion. FETC predicts over 400 vendors in its Expo Hall this year.