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.

 

 

ISTE and the Excitement it Generates

I have never been to the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) convention. I always think about it, but work and summer projects for the district always seem to take precedence. I do enjoy the tweets and blogs from the convention. Mostly people go to get inspired or look for that “silver bullet.” I have noticed a theme creeping in this year. “Why are things staying the same?” Interesting. From sessions about diversity in EdTech to using technology to influence community/scholastic mindsets, I believe everyone has hit that inevitable burnout.

Remember when everyone needed a website? Everyone needed to blog, tweet, pin, etc. Well, on the whole, we all do it now. So what’s next? Well, it’s called being creative. If I have said it once, I have said it a thousand times. You need a product, not a service. Services are great, but products move. I think this is why the MakerSpace movement it such a boom. Products. It might just be a 3D printed phone case, but it is a tangible representation of the student’s idea and the promise of ideas to come.

Interestingly though, as usual, these things only affect a small percentage of students. Talent is a word that people love and hate. The talent to do various activities is a definitely limited club. We love to think that coding, 3D print design, digital graphics, digital music, etc. is something everyone can engage in. They definitely can engage in it, but only a few will excel and succeed. There is a silver lining though. There IS something for everyone. I think we need to drill down inside each area and find other sections for each and every student to be productive in. There are so many connected avenues to each and every career on this planet that are never expounded upon for the sake of presenting alternative paths for the student.

I think once we start to open the door to the multitude of jobs/careers that exist and their ability to be enhanced by the modern technology that students love, then things won’t stay the same. Most likely, the creation of these new tracks may insight a rebellion against the “I hate school” movement. The excitement generated by multitudes of students engaging learning and technology to further enhance their future may be just the prescription education in America needs right now.

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