Fort Worth Technology Conference

2017

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FWTC17

Join us for the 12th Annual Fort Worth Technology Conference. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about new and creative educational technology ideas and strategies. Learn best practices for engaging your students with technology. This conference showcases district and regional instructional innovators along with nationally recognized speakers. FWTC provides a myriad of learning opportunities to help educators learn about the practical use of technology in the classroom and the advantages technology integration provides to students. See presentations by other Fort Worth ISD teachers, administrators, and guest presenters. Learn how they make use of technology tools in their everyday lessons and administrative tasks. Experience a variety of presentations, curriculum-focused training sessions, and hands-on workshops. Experience the Exhibit Hall to learn about the latest technologies from our corporate sponsors. Make your way to the Digital Playground focused on teaching and learning in the digital age. Looking forward to seeing you all in January!

Green B. Trimble Technical High School

Saturday, Jan. 28th, 8am-3pm

1003 West Cannon Street

Fort Worth, TX

Keynote Speakers

Richard Byrne

Richard Byrne is a former high school social studies teacher best known for developing the award-winning blog Free Technology for Teachers. He has been invited to speak at events on six continents and would gladly speak in Antarctica too. Richard’s work is focused on sharing free resources that educators can use to enhance their students’ learning experiences.

On a daily basis Richard’s blog Free Technology for Teachers reaches more than 100,000 educators. In addition to writing Free Technology for Teachers, Richard also maintains iPadApps4School.com and
PracticalEdTech.com. Richard’s print work includes a monthly column for School Library Journal, contributing author to What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media, and contributions to Teacher Librarian. Richard lives in Woodstock, Maine with his daughter Isla and loyal dogs Max and Mason.

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Hall Davidson

As The Discovery Education Network, Educational Partnership and Global Learning Initiative Director, Hall Davidson has become a master and an advocate of technology integration in education. Davidson was an integral force in creating and providing free Internet-based video-on demand for classrooms. He has also become a leading guru of virtual environments, learning with mobile devices, social media, and digital textbooks.

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Featured Presenters

Amy Mayer

Amy Mayer is a twenty-year veteran public school educator, mother of between 2 and 4 children (depending on how you count them), the owner of a web startup (BigEdHouse.com). She is also CEO of an Ed Tech company that is now an official Google Partner for Professional Development (friEdTechnology.com). Amy has a LOT to say about education in the 21st Century, and we guarantee you don’t want to miss learning alongside this Google Certified Innovator & Trainer. She’s been described as funny, enlightening, and incredibly helpful, and those are just the things we can mention!

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Lisa Johnson

Lisa (aka TechChef) has 14+ years of educational experience ranging from teaching HS English & MS Math to developing international curriculum and supporting educational technology in the K-12 sector. She holds a Master's Degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology, was featured in the latest publications "iPads in Education for Dummies” and “The Missing Voices in Ed Tech” and has co-authored the international hit “Hot Apps 4 HOTS” that has garnered 20,000+ downloads. Apple Distinguished Educator, PBS Lead Digital Innovator, and Edutopia Blogger, Lisa's enjoys "cooking up" purposeful, engaging, authentic resources to meet the needs of a diverse population of educators.

Author of Cultivating Communication in the Classroom: Future-Ready Skills for Secondary Students http://amzn.to/2eSCUr3.

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FWTC 2017

Registration and Payment

Registration is free for all FWISD educators.

You may register for the conference here. The registration fee for educators not employed by the Fort Worth ISD is:

  • Pre-registration before January 20, 2017: $35
  • On-site Registration: $40
  • Registration fee is waived for all Fort Worth ISD educators and Non-FWISD Presenters.

For more information regarding payment, please visit our Non-FWISD Participation page.

Particpant Gift

Each pre-registered attendee will receive a special FWTC Stylus Pen and a Portable Charging Bank for those emergency charging moments.

Join Us for Lunch

Lunch is provided for all pre-registered FWTC participants, thanks to our generous corporate sponsors. Be sure and select your lunch choice during the registration process.

Door Prizes

Attend FWTC 2017 and you could win great technology tools for the classroom. Various door prizes will be awarded during the Closing Keynote Session. Must be present to win.

Special Events

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Code.org Workshop

Enroll in this 4 hour special event workshop provided by Code.org.

Lunch and swag will be provided by Code.org. Code attendees will not receive the standard participant lunch.
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Blended Learning Student Teacher Panel

Teachers and their students answer questions from the audience regarding their experience using blending learning

Yoga and Drum Fit

Provided by FWISD Physical Education Department

Join us for Yoga in the morning and multiple drumfit sessions before lunch.
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Digital Playground Showcase

For the second year in a row the Fort Worth Technology Conference will include a Digital Playground: a relaxed collaboration space where educators will experience how others, within the district, are already integrating with devices and programs that FWISD already owns or subscribes to.

In the Digital Playground, educators will have the opportunity to explore tools that interest them and make decisions to stay and continue learning or head to another station as they move about the space.

We are seeking facilitators… educators who are using technology and would like to share it with others. It’s a simple showcase in a very relaxed environment. Sharing with your peers what you already do. Nothing big expected.

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Trade-off Credit

Pre-K teachers, Pre-K Assistants and the following content area K-12 teachers are eligible to receive 6 hours of trade-off credit for attending the Fort Worth Technology Conference: Social Studies, Math, Literacy, Science, World Language, Elementary Literacy, CTE, PE, School Librarians, and School Counselors.

Registration, Check-in, and Check-Out (Sign-Out) are required in order to receive Trade-Off credit. (see below)

Eligible FWISD teachers are required to complete the following in order to receive trade-off credit:

  1. Register for the FWTC via the conference website
  2. Participate in the FWTC for the entire day
  3. At FWTC Check-In, notify conference staff of intent to earn trade-off credit
  4. Check-Out (Sign-Out) with designated staff at the conclusion of the conference
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