Avoid the post-#FETC Blues!

#FETC2017 is over. It’s a sad, sad state of affairs. How do you avoid the post-#FETC blues? Use these tips to help!

  • Marinate – You’ve met lots of fun, exciting people. You’ve attended life-changing sessions, workshops, poster presentations, and keynotes. You’ve taken more into your brain in the last few days than you have all year. Relax. Don’t think too much. Let all that information, all those tips, and all those tricks marinate in your head for a while. Grab a glass (or cup) of your favorite beverage, sit back in your favorite chair, and relax. Don’t think too much about all that stuff. Let key points float up into your consciousness and then fade out again, replaced some other cool bit you learned while in Orlando.
  • Connect and Collaborate – You probably made a LOT of new friends at FETC – folks you hadn’t known before and folks you only knew through publications, blogs, podcasts, etc. You may have amassed quite a collection of Twitter handles, emails, and Instagram usernames. Reach out and connect with those folks. Drop a quick “So glad we met at FETC!” If you aren’t following the folks you met, take a few moments to go down your list and look them up, then connect with them. Follow them, Google them, Share with them.
  • Find out what you missed. You can’t do EVERYTHING at FETC. I know. I tried a few years ago. You just can’t do it. So, head to fetc.org and check the site for presenter notes, links, information, and updates. Keep checking during the next few weeks and months. Reach out on social media and ASK folks to share their FETC experiences, insights, and “Ah-Ha!” moments.
  • Listen to the folks WE talked to! We learned SO MUCH from each and every one of you that came by the EduTechGuys podcast table! Absolutely incredible, amazing things you are doing for your students and/or in your organizations to help teachers, students, parents, and administrators. Head over to youtube.com/edutechguys and look for archived interviews with the wonderful folks we met at FETC!
  • SHARE! What did *YOU* learn at FETC2017? Share your experience!! Leave a comment here at edutechguys.com, post a Tweet, share on Facebook. Don’t keep it to yourself – let EVERYONE know!

Why FETC? EduTechGuys Hitting the Road

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Jeff has never been to FETC. David has been once. So, why are we so excited to be heading to FETC in order to provide live conference coverage? Because we want to talk to YOU!

  • Participating: FETC (The Future of Education Technology Conference) is one of the largest, if not THE largest, technology education conferences in the nation. The conference format allows attendees to join in hour-long sessions, 20-minute quick talks, poster presentations, blogger’s cafe’ and more! It is one of the most exciting places to learn so much from so many different people, companies, organizations, and students.
  • Sharing: One of the best things you can do with your conference-going experience (no matter which conference(s) you attend). Sure, you get the benefit of learning from the sessions you attend, but how much better is it when you take that learning and SHARE it with others? One of the best ways to do that is by visiting with us and talking about what you’ve learned, how you might apply what you’ve learned, and other takeaways.
  • Connecting: Not only can you share your learning through the live broadcast, but as you share, we post to social media, helping you connect with other educators interested in learning more about what you learned. Through social media, you can build your professional learning network! We help you help others!
  • Presenting: Are you presenting at FETC? Are you a sponsor of FETC? Do you have a vendor booth at FETC? If so, we’d love to talk with you! Come share your education technology ideas, thoughts, products or services with our listeners and encourage attendees to visit your session or your booth!

Be sure to look for the EduTechGuys broadcast table at FETC 2017! At the time of this writing, we believe we will be located in/near the Blogger’s Cafe’.

Some News/Highlights Learned Monday AM #NotAtISTE

We’ve been peeking in on #ISTE2016 and #NotAtISTE to keep tabs on what’s happening in Denver this week! These are a few things gleaned from the flow of information and updates flying across Twitter and other social media:

LOTS more info to be seen as well! Remember, follow the hashtag! #NotAtISTE

We’ll post more updates throughout the day!

Keeping up with #ISTE2016 When You Are #NotAtISTE

It’s that time again! It’s time for the annual education technology conference that takes over the nation each year in late June: ISTE2016! This year, the conference is being held in Denver, Colorado. Though there will be thousands of people there, not everyone gets a chance to go to this amazing conference. (Sidenote: I, David, have been to several, starting back when it was known as the NECC conference many moons ago)

But, what if you CAN’T be there? How do you keep up with what’s happening? Thankfully, there is social media coverage in full swing! To help you keep up with where to go and what to follow, we’ve compiled some handy hashtags, sites, and tips.

  • Get on Twitter. Now. Use the SEARCH feature to find #iste2016 and follow it! You will also want to follow #notatiste and #notatiste2016 as well, since, you know, you’re NOT at ISTE…
  • EduTechGuys – We will be doing our own #NotAtISTE broadcasts each day at 4:00pm Central. We’re asking folks that ARE at ISTE to phone in (via Google Hangout Event) and give us a rundown of what they did that day! Tune in to radio.edutechguys.com for this unique, live event!
  • MicrosoftEDU – Check out their Facebook Page for live look-ins and updates during the conference!
  • You might also want to check out ISTE’s “Recent Blogs” section: http://connect.iste.org/browse/blogs/recentblogs
  • FOLLOW the people that are posting about ISTE if they are sharing things that interest you and/or appeal to your classroom needs/wants. Here is the Twitter “list” with over 300 ISTE presenter members! Follow THOSE folks if you aren’t sure who to follow!
  • Join the Google Plus group “NotAtISTE” – It is a closed group, so you have to ask for admittance, but that should not be a problem!
  • Tony Vincent does LIVE Periscope look-ins during ISTE! https://www.periscope.tv/tonyvincent

The main point here is that even though you AREN’T at the ISTE conference, you can still have a cool, fun, “living vicariously through conference-goers” experience! The key is to take time each day to check in with the hashtags and the folks you are following. If you are new to Twitter, don’t worry – you don’t have to post a thing. You can simply use the hashtag searches and start following people that appeal to you and your needs/style/wants.

Of course, we at EduTechGuys would LOVE it if you would join us each day of ISTE at 4pm Central for online, live call-ins, updates, and more!

What if you *ARE* at ISTE!? Well, then, PLEASE feel free to join us LIVE to share your experience! Be sure to follow @EduTechGuys on Twitter and Facebook to learn how you can join the live Google Hangout coverage for those of us that are #NOTatISTE2016!

Upcoming Events!

EduTechGuys will be LIVE at the following conferences:

  • June 7 – LevelUp! Conference, Texarkana, AR (Two workshop sessions)
  • June 14 – SWAEC, Southwest Arkansas Education Cooperative, Hope, AR (Afternoon workshop session)
  • June 15-16 – HSTI, Hot Springs Technology Institute, Hot Springs, AR (Live conference coverage plus one workshop session)
  • January 24-27 – FETC, Future of Education Technology Conference, Orlando, FL (Live conference coverage)

Keep watching for addition conferences and workshops, sessions, and conferences!

We’d love to be at YOUR conference! Use the form at the bottom of our landing page: www.edutechguys.com 


Conference Radio!

Live radio at my next conference? Why in the world would I need that?

You need it to provide your presenters, vendors and attendees an outlet to be heard and promote their agenda in a one on one setting.  We find that most presenters have much more to tell about their topic than can be conveyed in the group setting. When engaged in a one on one interview, the questions that are posed bring out a much more in depth discussion and understanding of the topics and agendas these talented people have to offer.  Vendors also like the opportunity to more clearly define the role of their company an product in education.

The discussions are then parsed out and posted as separate podcasts.  This allows the interviewee to use this podcast audio in the future for promotional or educational uses. Also, this gives the listeners a much shorter, manageable selection to acquire information from presenters and vendors. The uses of podcast interviews through social media are endless. Many people find this a wonderful addition to any conference or convention.

Contact the EduTechGuys today to find out how we can enhance your next event.