Interested in growing your knowledge, skills, and network as an educator or administrator? Conferences are a great way to do all three of those in just a few days. EdTech conferences are taking place all over the country, and some are attended by more than 10,000 people! Explore a new city, while also gaining skills, learning about the latest innovations and practices in edtech, and connecting with other educators to share ideas. And conference attendees can share what they’ve learned with other educators in their school and district.
There are plenty of opportunities throughout the year to attend a conference that works for you. Here are our top 10 recommended edtech conferences for 2017.
March 2–4 // New Orleans, LA
Join the School Superintendents Association in New Orleans for this year’s National Conference on Education. Guest speakers include Jamie Vollmer, Ravi Hutheesing, and James Carville and Mary Matalin, and conference sessions will address topics including equity in children’s initiatives, personalizing education, and superintendent and school board relationships. Come to learn, connect with peers and colleagues, and enjoy the city of New Orleans! Visit their site »
February 19–22 // Myrtle Beach, SC
The National Dropout Prevention Center Network is proud to present its At-Risk Youth National FORUM in Myrtle Beach. This year’s forum theme is All In for At-Risk Youth: Connections That Build Resilience and Success and the keynote speaker is Coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers. With over 75 breakout sessions, and hundreds of participants from over 35 states, the FORUM provides a great opportunity for talking with other educators and learning about how connecting with young people can positively impact their lives. VISIT THEIR SITE »
February 6–10 // Austin, TX
Attended by over 12,000 people from around the world, the 37th Annual TCEA Convention and Expo offers great learning and networking opportunities. Featuring nearly 1,000 sessions, panels, and workshops, attendees will discover the latest education trends, learn about new innovations and practices from the edtech industry, and meet other educators in interactive sessions. Teachers and educators who attend this conference will leave with new ideas for bringing technology into the classroom with already available tools, as well as additional teaching strategies to better engage students and increase student success. VISIT THEIR SITE »
March 15–17 // Detroit, MI
MACUL is one of the Midwest’s biggest edtech conferences, hosting more than 5,000 principals, curriculum directors, teachers, and more from both the US and Canada. Attendees can expect to discover new technological products and solutions and interact with educators and administrators from other schools and districts. Attendees can download the MACUL Conference mobile app to stay informed about the latest happenings in the conference, and get the most out of their time there. VISIT THEIR SITE »
March 15–18 // Palm Springs, CA
California’s oldest and largest edtech conference is the CUE National Conference. This year’s conference will feature workshops, hour-long sessions, an information literacy summit, almost 200 vendors, and so much more. Held in Palm Springs, this conference welcomes educators, administrators, and any edtech enthusiasts interested in learning more about how technology can enhance learning. VISIT THEIR SITE »
March 8–10 // Dallas, TX
The theme of this year’s NAEA Conference is Unleash the Inner Star: Developing Potential in All Students. With a focus on making education available for all learners, and specifically alternative education, this conference will feature 50 breakout sessions covering topics including motivating students, classroom management, fostering student leadership in alternative education settings, and more. Attendees can go on site tours of alternative schools in Dallas and enjoy a screening of the documentary film Beyond Paper Tigers to see firsthand how successful alternative schools operate. VISIT THEIR SITE »
March 25–27 // Anaheim, CA
ASCD Empower17 bills itself as The Conference for Every Educator, and it truly is. Put together for educators by educators, this conference will cover topics including The Whole Child, Transformational Leadership, Global Engagements, Poverty and Equity, and more. Events include a poster presentation gallery, learning labs, debates, and student and practitioner panels. And in between sessions, attendees can network with other educators at a World of Color show at Paradise Pier in Disney’s California Adventure. VISIT THEIR SITE »
March 6–9 // Austin, TX
SXSWedu is a part of the larger South by Southwest (SXSW) festival held every March in Austin. In 2016, this conference hosted over 7,500 people from 38 different countries, more than 1,000 speakers, and over 400 sessions. The four-day event also includes workshops, learning experiences, film screenings, policy discussions, and so much more. VISIT THEIR SITE »
October 15–18 // Charlotte, NC
The annual iNACOL Symposium is the leading edtech conference for online and blended learning. This event attracts educators, policymakers, researchers, and top experts from all over the world. Featuring over 200 sessions for attendees to explore the latest innovations in online and blended learning, the iNACOL Symposium connects ambitious and driven professionals who will work together to revitalize education for future learners. VISIT THEIR SITE »
June 25–28 // San Antonio, TX
Internationally recognized as one of the best edtech conferences in the world, the ISTE Conference & Expo has been going on for over 30 years. This conference is attended by nearly 20,000 people each year, and is organized into categories to help maximize your experience, including Listen and Learn, Participate and Share, and Explore and Create. Attendees will leave having made international connections and learned from other educators, administrators, members of the tech industry, and policy makers, all with the goal of growing professionally and using education technology to improve learning for all students. VISIT THEIR SITE »
Special thanks to Maureen Swanson, Edgenuity’s Events Coordinator, in helping write this article.