EdSurge‘s first International Tech for Schools Summit in Canada is taking place on Oct 2-3, 2015:
At the Summit, you will be able to try out innovative products, ask questions of the entrepreneurs and developers who built them and share your feedback on what you need in your classroom. No spin. No selling. And free for teachers.
Check out this video trailer here from the LA summit:
Two day summary:
Oct 2 : Workshops on Emerging Tech and Trends
Who Should Attend: Directors of Curriculum, Instruction or Technology and individuals that play a role in selecting and implementing technology
* Engage in small group sessions with leading edtech companies selected based on your district priorities
* Take part in thoughtful conversations around critical issues such as data management, evaluating tech & building partnerships
* Meet & share your experiences with peers from other schools & districts
Oct 3 : All Educators Day
Who Should Attend: School Admin and Teaching Staff
* Hands-on interactions with tech tools for teachers from curriculum products to teacher tools (selected by local teams of judges)
* Complimentary breakfast & lunch
* Raffle of 15 mobile devices!
edSurge recently published a collection of the top Edtech Conferences You Need to Know in the form a poster. Most of the events take place annually, and are conveniently organized for you by month. They have also colour-coded their conference calendar showcasing the primary audience for each event:
Blue – events are built around educators, but many of these events involve exhibitor halls
Brown – events emphasize the business of edtech more than pedagogy
Orange – events are more tightly focused around a topic, such as math education or mobile devices
If you are interested in applying to present at one of these conferences, you can generally expect to see applications for next year’s conference posted a few months after the conference date has passed. My recommendation would be to subscribe to the site hosted by the organization or company and sign-up to receive their monthly newsletter. You will then be notified when conference applications are open.
If you are interested in attending one of these conferences, registration usually opens up several months before the scheduled conference date. There are often “early-bird” incentives for those who wish to register right away, like discounted rates, exclusive offers during the conference, and conference give-aways. If you are looking to attend a conference closer to home, a few conferences that take place annually in Ontario (not listed here) include: ECOO, Connect, and MindShare Learning Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit.
Please share you favourite conference experiences below, and don’t forget to include the details!