This past week, our team was in Orlando, FL attending the Future of Technology Conference—the nation’s largest regional education technology event. FETC focuses on leveraging technology to drive preK-12 student success. We had a fantastic time speaking with new and veteran members of our Kidblog community. It was also an honor to be featured in several sessions presented by teachers discussing digital citizenship and enhancing creativity and collaboration in the classroom. Here are some of the highlights for us:
Throughout the week, the Kidblog team stationed themselves in the FETC exhibit hall, giving demos, answering questions, and helping teachers envision the many uses of Kidblog within their classrooms. Discussions focused on privacy and teacher moderation, student-driven portfolios, and authentic audiences. These discussions energized FETC attendees and our Kidblog team alike.
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— Turner's Teammates (@TurnerTeammates) January 26, 2017
— Rodney Turner, M.Ed (@techyturner) January 29, 2017
Kidblog superstars Jamie Lessard, Christina Finn, Todd Flory, and Rachelle Poth stopped by to present on their personal experiences using Kidblog in the classroom. Their presence helped spark excitement among attendees, as teachers were able to see firsthand how Kidblog brings students’ words to life.
Check out Rachelle Poth’s, FETC recap here.
— Nancy Moore (@onemagicfan) January 26, 2017
“It was a great experience being able to talk with other teachers at the Kidblog booth at FETC. Not only did I get the opportunity to share why my class loves using Kidblog for reflections on projects and sharing our learning with other classes around the world, but I was able to gain new ideas from other educators and make more potential connections for my class to collaborate with!” -Todd Flory
Our time at FETC was both enlightening and energizing. We gained new insights and look forward to transforming shared ideas into future features in our platform. New and familiar friends brought smiles to our faces as we shared enthusiasm for the power of writing for an authentic audience.
What was your favorite part of FETC 2017?