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The vision of Project Tomorrow is to ensure that today’s students are well prepared to be tomorrow’s innovators, leaders and engaged citizens of the world.  We believe that by supporting the innovative uses of science, math and technology resources in our K-12 schools and communities, students will develop the critical thinking, problem solving and creativity skills needed to compete and thrive in the 21st century.

Future of Education Technology Conference

FETC-  Jan 25 – 28:  Orlando, FL

For over 40 years, the National Future of Education Technology® Conference has gathered the most dynamic and innovative education leaders and professionals from around the world for an intensive, highly collaborative exploration of new technologies, best practices and pressing issues. It is known to educators and technologists as the best place to engage with the thought leaders and pioneers who are leading the charge in classrooms, schools and entire districts.

Join Dr. Julie A. Evans in one of our sessions as she shares insights from our Speak Up Research Project and other Project Tomorrow research projects.

Asking New Questions to Design a Fresh Playbook for Innovation

In this workshop, participants utilize a new assets-based approach to address this challenge through an examination of the ten most important questions that educators should be asking their teachers, parents and students right now. Using role-playing to understand the diverse views of their stakeholders, leaders will acquire new tools to craft a more current and responsive vision for their school or district.

When: Tuesday, January 25, 2022: 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Who: Administrators
Where: Orange County Convention Center
Room: SOUTH 220B     Session Number: W015$

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Creating and Leading School Culture: Innovation, Leadership, Communication

Participants in this highly collaborative workshop will review the true meanings of culture and innovation and share their own perspectives. Five essential skills required for all school leaders, regardless of their current roles, will be reviewed and analyzed. Participants will each complete an individual assessment of their own communication style and take part in role playing discussion scenarios dealing with common school challenges through a variety of communication approaches.

When: Tuesday, January 25, 2022: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Who: Administrators
Where: Orange County Convention Center
Room: SOUTH 220B   Session Number: W45$

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Building Teacher Capacity for Mobile Learning in Rural Communities

For the past 4 years, rural schools in Kentucky have partnered with the University of Kentucky College of Education to implement an innovative program where in-service and pre-service teachers coach each other on effective strategies for using mobile, wireless technologies within STEM education. This panel discussion will examine research findings from this program as well as lessons learned for K-12 and higher ed leaders about new professional learning practices that result in elevating the capacity of teachers for sustainable classroom innovation. Endorsed by Future Ready

When: Wednesday, January 26, 2022: 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Who: Administrators
Where: Orange County Convention Center
Room: SOUTH 320 D   Session Number: C019

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Infusing Computational Thinking into Everyday Elementary Curriculum – Yes, You Can!

With David Gomez, Computational Thinking Coach, Project Tomorrow
and Kari Stubbs, Vice President, Learning and Innovation, BrainPOP

Using results from a new professional learning project in New York City schools, this workshop will introduce elementary teachers to proven strategies and tips for seamlessly integrating key computational thinking components (pattern recognition, decomposition, abstraction, algorithm design) within any English Language Arts, Math, Science or Social Studies lesson. With an emphasis on understanding the connections between CT concepts and everyday curriculum, participants will use a project tool to evaluate their own readiness for CT integration, experience unplugged learning activities that any teacher can use to introduce CT to young learners, and collaboratively design a new CT integrated digital learning activity in a core curricular area. Computational thinking in your classroom – yes, you can!

When: Thursday, January 27, 2022: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Who: Educators
Where: Orange County Convention Center
Room: NORTH 322   Session Number: W820$

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Addressing the Leadership Disconnects on Cybersecurity  

With Richard Quinones, Senior Vice President - Business Development Strategist / Thought Leadership, Greg Ottinger, Former Chief Business/Financial Officer, Lenny Schad, Chief Information & Innovation Officer LRP Media, and Marlon Shears, Chief Information Officer Fort Worth ISD

Leveraging new Speak Up research data on the state of K-12 cybersecurity, this no-spin zone panel discussion will dive deeply into issues that are preventing school districts from adequately protecting district data and infrastructure assets. #1 top issue: lack of a shared ownership and accountability across all levels of district leadership resulting in role-based disconnects on awareness, prevention, and remediation to reduce risk. The panel of Superintendents, CFOs and CTOs will share their respective views on cybersecurity and discuss why a National Call to Action is imperative to create a new shared vision and strategic approach to cybersecurity. Participants will be provided with a 10 point Call to Action checklist to use immediately in their district.

When: Thursday, January 27, 2022: 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Who: EdTech Leaders
Where: Orange County Convention Center
Room: SOUTH 210 B   Session Number: C91

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Check out Speak Up Research Findings presented at FETC 2022

Learn more about FETC 2022 here