Conference season is upon us and our i2e Professional Learning Specialists have been out in force attending, presenting, and bringing back valuable insights to share with the rest of our team. We didn’t want to keep this great information all to ourselves, so we are excited to be sharing it with all of you in a multi-part blog series. This week we are highlighting the Future of Educational Technology Conference (FETC) in Orlando, Florida!

Cathy Cheo-Issacs and Steven Issacs, i2e Professional Learning Specialists

“Steven and I recently attended FETC in not so sunny Orlando, Florida. The polar vortex had all the attendees still wearing their winter coats, but the weather did not dampen our enthusiasm for looking for the latest and greatest in ed tech! We presented six sessions together on Physical Computing with MakeCode, MakeCode & Minecraft, MakeArcade, Creative Coding with Minecraft, Minecraft and SEL, and ESports. Sal Khan’s keynote was inspiring, and Leslie Fischer, Hall Davidson, Kathy Shrock, and Adam Bellow’s TechShare did not disappoint. I am most excited to see what’s next with QNeuro, the Merge Cube, and CoSpaces.

Some of our favorite takeaways from the conference include QNeuro, which integrates real time brain monitoring with adaptive teaching and assessment to maximize learning efficiency. Yes. It measures your EEG activity and matches questions and problems with your learning sweet spot. Insane, crazy, and so cool. The Merge Cube was the hottest thing on the expo floor at FETC. Not only does it gives users the ability to hold and interact with virtual objects, but also gives educators the ability to create VR and AR experiences to enhance a lesson, AND gives students the ability to create VR and AR experiences to demonstrate their knowledge. CoSpaces, already an incredible VR/AR creation tool, has partnered with Merge, which will surely be the source of so much amazing content in the near future!”

Learn more about the Future of Education Technology Conference.

Stay tuned for our next Conference Clips post, which will feature highlights and insights from the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) Convention and Expo.