2021 Technology Conference

Enjoy Learning, Networking, and Prizes at 2021 Technology Conference
Posted on 10/12/2021
Registration is now open for the 22nd annual School District of Palm Beach County Technology Conference. The event is presented by the Department of Educational Technology, and will take place on Friday, October 15 from 8:30 a.m - 4:00 p.m.

The free virtual conference is geared toward teachers, administrators, District support technology staff, and any other participants interested in using educational technology to enhance teaching and learning in Pre-K through 12th grade. This year’s theme, "Fast Forward: A Decade of Change in a Year," describes the challenges and victories that educators around the globe have experienced throughout the pandemic.

The 2021 Technology Conference will be held on the premiere virtual conference platform vFAIRS, that provides a highly interactive environment for attendees to meet with fellow educators from across the globe, visit multiple immersive exhibit halls, and attend 30+ live sessions. For those who cannot attend live, most content will be recorded and available for viewing after the event.

An exciting lineup of nationally-known speakers includes an opening keynote session from Thomas C. Murray, the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education, located in Washington, D.C. Murray has worked with the U.S. Department of Education, state departments of education, corporations, and school districts throughout the country to implement student-centered learning, while helping to lead Future Ready Schools and Digital Learning Day.

Closing keynote speaker Doug Konopelko is a passionate educator, designer, writer, speaker, blogger, podcast host, and leader who currently serves as an Education Strategist for CDW. On his education journey, he has served in both urban and suburban school districts as a teacher, high school administrator, school district instructional tech leader, and state education organization leader. Konopelko maintains the DesignEDU blog and hosts a web series and podcast, Focus on K-12.

Other speakers include educational and technology experts Tanya Avrith, Giancarlo Brotto, Sam Canning-Kaplan, Dr. Darren Clay, Carlos Fernandez, Gaynell J. Lyman, Dr. Stephanee Stephens, and Cari Warnock.

The majority of breakout sessions will be led by Palm Beach County School District teachers and staff, ensuring that attendees can learn from the innovative classroom practitioners who are improving instruction through technology. Breakout sessions will focus on a variety of grade levels and content areas to allow attendees to choose the tracks they find most relevant and interesting. An opportunity for teachers to earn eight inservice points will be available in eLearning following the event.

This year’s conference will also feature a virtual exhibit hall for vendors to demonstrate their tools and software, in addition to chatting live with attendees. An information booth will be available for tech support as well as a networking lounge to help participants connect with each other.

As in years past, attendees will have the opportunity to win thousands of dollars worth of great giveaways throughout the day from sponsors and local businesses. Drawings will occur during the live sessions and prizes given out to the top attendees participating in a leaderboard challenge. Prizes this year include an iPad Mini, a Microsoft Surface Pro, $100 Amazon and Visa gift cards, swag bags, Adobe licenses, WeVideo accounts, and much more.

Visit the Technology Conference website today at technologyconference.palmbeachschools.org to register and reserve a spot in this excellent opportunity to learn!
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