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EdTech Conferences for Every Educator

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Tue, Apr 23, 2019
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Every year, there are dozens of educational conferences and expos in the US that bring educators together to discuss best practices, test new tools, and make connections with fellow educators. One look at a calendar of all of the year’s upcoming conferences might just seem like a jumble of strange acronyms. With so many different conferences to choose from, it can be hard to decide which conferences you should attend.

To help you narrow down which might be most beneficial to you, we’ve organized some of the top national EdTech conferences into categories along with some of their most important details, such as the audience they cater to and where they are held. Here are the quick facts you need to know about some of the top EdTech conferences in the US:

For Every Educator: 

  • ASCD Annual: Empower20
    Who: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

    What to Expect: Professional development to help empower your students, teachers, and school to achieve excellence.

    When: March 14–16, 2020

    Where: Los Angeles, CA
  • CoSN
    Who: The Consortium for School Networking

    What to Expect: Professional development enabling a personalized and authentic learning environment with an emphasis on peer-to-peer sharing and networking.

    When: March 16–19, 2020

    Where: Washington, D.C.
  • FETC
    Who: Future of Education Technology Conference

    What to Expect: A gathering of the most dynamic and creative education professionals from around the world for an intensive, highly collaborative exploration of new technologies, best practices, and pressing issues.

    When: January 14–17, 2020

    Where: Miami, FL
  • ISTE
    Who: International Society for Technology in Education

    What to Expect: A place to learn educator-tested strategies, discover proven resources for transforming learning and teaching, and get connected to the brightest minds in EdTech.

    When: July 23–26, 2019

    Where: Philadelphia, PA
  • TCEA
    Who: Texas Computer Education Association

    What to Expect: An annual event that attracts educators of all roles who are seeking better teaching and learning practices, new products and services for their educational needs, and the opportunity to network and learn from thought leaders from around the globe.

    When: February 2–7, 2020

    Where: Austin, TX
  • SXSW EDU
    Who: South by Southwest Education Conference

    What to Expect: A conference and festival that cultivates and empowers a community of engaged stakeholders to advance teaching and learning.

    When: March 9–12, 2020

    Where: Austin, TX
  • EdSurge Fusion
    Who: EdSurge

    What to Expect: A collaborative conference where educators and researchers will share research-informed and evidence-based models and practices that work and help you find your next steps to reach similar success.

    When: November 4–6, 2019

    Where: Burlingame, CA

For STEM Educators and Tech Experts:

  • ASU GSV Summit
    Who: Arizona State University and Global Silicon Valley

    What to Expect: A summit of EdTech CEOs, investors, PreK-12 and higher ed leaders, policymakers, and entrepreneurs to collaborate, connect, and bring new and innovative ideas to life.

    When: March 30 – April 1, 2020

    Where: San Diego, CA
  • NSTA STEM Forum & Expo
    Who: National Science Teachers Association

    What to Expect: A gathering of educators and representatives from exhibiting companies who are interested in STEM and have tools and resources to share that will ensure successful implementation of STEM education.

    When: July 24–26, 2019

    Where: San Francisco, CA
  • LIT
    Who: Learning with Innovative Technology Conference

    What to Expect: A free conference with presentations by educators to help other educators learn new and innovative ways to use technology in the classroom.

    When: July 12, 2019

    Where:
    Saratoga Springs, NY 
  • Learning Solutions Conference & Expo
    Who: The eLearning Guild

    What to Expect: Solutions to organizational challenges with learning and technology through real innovations to create new strategies, increase engagement, and leverage the power of EdTech.

    When: March 26–28, 2019 (dates for 2020 coming soon)

    Where: Orlando, FL

For Specific Subjects & Disciplines

  • ATLIS
    Who: Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools

    What to Expect: A gathering of IT and EdTech independent school leaders for the only conference focused solely on the independent school technology community.

    When: Dates for 2020 coming soon

    Where: Dallas, TX 
  • NSTA National
    Who: National Science Teachers Association

    What to Expect: An opportunity to engage with science education leaders and peers while learning about the latest in science content, teaching strategy, and research to enhance and expand your professional growth.

    When: April 2–5, 2020

    Where: Boston, MA 
  • SITE
    Who: Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education

    What to Expect: A unique conference which focuses solely on the integration of instructional technologies into teacher education programs.

    When: April 6–10, 2020

    Where: New Orleans, LA

Regional Conferences: 

  • BrainStorm 2019
    Who: BrainStorm for the K-20 learning community

    What to Expect: A gathering of education technologists and EdTech vendors from around the Midwest to get connected, informed, and inspired.

    When: May 5–7, 2019

    Where: Sandusky, OH 
  • METC
    Who: Midwest Education Technology Community

    What to Expect: A Midwestern EdTech conference—the largest in Missouri––where educators can meet with exhibitors, learn best practices, and connect with other educators.

    When: February 10–12, 2020

    Where: St. Charles, MO
  • NCCE
    Who: Northwest Council for Computer Education

    What to Expect: The largest EdTech event in the Northwest, influencing educators looking to harness the power of technology to advance learning and teaching.

    When: Dates for 2020 coming soon

    Where: Seattle, WA
  • OETC
    Who: Ohio Education Technology Conference

    What to Expect: A large statewide conference where education technology professionals come together to explore the forefront of P-20 learning and innovation in Ohio.

    When: Dates for 2020 coming soon

    Where: Columbus, OH
  • PETE&C
    Who: Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo & Conference

    What to Expect: A statewide event that provides quality programs, exhibitions, and keynotes focused on technology in the educational field.

    When: February 23–26, 2020

    Where: Pittsburgh, PA

The professional development opportunities that you can receive from conventions are invaluable to your success as an educator. Attending just one conference each year can help you stay up to date with the current tech and trends while learning valuable practices to bring to your own classroom.

Which conference is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below! 

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