Make. Build. Do.
At OETC, we know technology can be both exhilarating and overwhelming, so we’re committed to making it accessible and fun. Whether you’re a tech newbie who’s just getting his or her feet wet, or a more expert practitioner, we’ll bring in the experts who can show you what’s possible through level-appropriate courses that enable you to build skills and improve your working knowledge.
Learning is fast, fun, interactive and easy, and we encourage everyone who attends to bring their own device(s) in order to actively participate. Our experts will not only show you how to use the latest technology, they’ll also make sure you have plenty of time to actually do something– something you can take back to your learning environment right away. We like to say that when you come to OETC, “you learn today and do tomorrow.” With our free-form, interactive learning approach, professional development has never been more entertaining.
Learn what's new.
Look toward the future.
At the end of the day, we know that everything educators do is to help their students achieve. And that means starting at pre-K and continuing to teach all the way through graduate school and beyond, into the workplace. When you embrace technology, you empower students to become the best they can possibly be...and since technology is always changing, educators continue to learn and grow right along with them.
Every year, OETC brings together more than 3,000 attendees from Ohio and surrounding states to teach them about the latest in education technology products and services suitable for classroom environments. We offer educational sessions and workshops, assistive tech labs, panel and round-table discussions, and some of the best keynote speakers in the industry. You’ll learn everything from digital content creation to using games and simulations in the classroom. We’ll show you the latest emerging technologies and help you understand how to use them in your learning environment.
Our amazing Exhibition Hall brings 250 exhibitors together to share the very best in educational technology, connect them with decision makers and purchasers, and allow potential users to try out the latest and greatest, firsthand.
Your Conference, Your Way!
For the past 20 years, the Ohio Educational Technology Conference has evolved to meet the ever-changing needs of Ohio’s educators. For 2018, our extended sessions are being expanded and rolled into the full conference experience – Your Conference, Your Way!
More than 250 one-hour concurrent sessions and, new in 2018, our two-hour extended sessions, are being offered over all three days of the conference! Additionally, the first conference day will also feature three-hour deep dives that are included in your standard registration! Create an agenda that fits your schedule and depth of learning; it’s Your Conference, Your Way!
Registering is easy!
OETC offers both online and offline registering options using a credit card or a purchase order.
Registering with a Purchase Order?
Attendees paying with a purchase order must attach a copy of their PO to their online or paper registration. Please have a PO ready when you begin the registration process.
Purchase Orders must be issued to “Ohio Educational Technology Conference, 25 S. Front St., 2nd Floor, Columbus, Ohio, 43215." Incomplete registrations or those missing purchase orders and fiscal agent contact information may be cancelled.
Please use the rate chart below to determine the total registration cost for obtaining your purchase order. The registration system will not provide a total prior to requiring you to upload the PO.
Please call the conference team at 614-387-1024 with any questions about the registration process.
2018 Group (2 or More) Registration - Credit Card Payment
2018 Individual Registration - Credit Card Payment
2018 Registration - Purchase Orders
Register By Mail:
Download the REGISTRATION KIT, and mail the completed forms to:
The Ohio Educational Technology Conference
c/o Ohio Department of Higher Education, Conference Registration
25 South Front Street, 2nd Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215
All checks need to be made payable to "Treasurer, State of Ohio"
Schedule at a Glance
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
8:00 am – 4:30 pm Registration Open
9:00 am – 12:00 pm 3 Hour Deep Dives
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch Break
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Concurrent Session #1
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm 2 Hour Extended Sessions
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Concurrent Session #2
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm General Session
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
7:00 am – 4:30 pm Registration Open
8:00 am – 9:00 pm Concurrent Session #3
9:00 am – 4:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open
9:00 am – 10:30 am General Session
11:00 am – 12:00 am Concurrent Session #4
11:00 am - 1:00 pm 2 Hour Extended Sessions
12:00 am – 1:00 pm Lunch / Exhibit Time
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Concurrent Session #5
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm Concurrent Session #6
2:15 pm - 4:15 pm 2 Hour Extended Sessions
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Concurrent Session #7
Thursday, February 15, 2018
7:00 am – 2:30 pm Registration Open
8:00 am – 9:00 pm Concurrent Session #8
9:00 am – 2:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open
9:00 am – 10:30 am General Session
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Concurrent Session #9
11:00 am - 1:00 pm 2 Hour Extended Sessions
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch / Exhibit Time
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Concurrent Session #10
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm Concurrent Session #11
Each year OETC welcomes renowned speakers, from diverse fields, all of whom have a passion for education. #OETC18 speakers will be announced as they are confirmed.
Tuesday, February 13th will include three-hour deep dives in addition to two-hour and one-hour sessions.
The three-hour sessions are now included in the regular conference registration!
250+ Exhibitors. Interactive Learning Zone. Informative Presentations.
Be sure to visit the exhibition hall during your time at #OETC18. There is always something interesting to see and exciting activities are always happening. Open 12pm-4pm on February 13th, 9am-4pm on the 14th, and 9am-2pm on the 15th, the exhibit hall is your one-stop shop for all things Ed Tech. From LMS' to grading systems, from networking to servers, OETC brings in wide array of companies whose representatives can answer your questions and provide solutions for your schools.
Click Here to see the current floor plan and list of exhibitors.
Learning + Technology = Fun!
SCANTrivia is returning for #OETC18! What is SCANTrivia you ask? SCANTrivia is an interactive game that can be played during the conference. Once you are registered, you will simply look for the special QR codes scattered throughout #OETC18 and use your smartphone or tablet to scan them to display a question related to the conference. Each correct answer scores points that could win you a prize!
Interactive Learning Zone
The Interactive Learning Zone is a display area within the exhibit hall for institutions and organizations working to advance educational technology and promote other technology-related opportunities and resources that are available for Ohio’s educators and students. This area is an opportunity to see exciting new technologies in action, learn about top-ranked programs in Ohio, and obtain useful tools and resources for your educational environment!
Next Gen Learning Environment
Make plans to visit our exciting session area on the exhibit hall floor!
School Video News Broadcast Center
While attending OETC, make sure you stop by the School Video News Broadcast Center. There you will see a working studio that could be implemented in any K-12 environment. Staffed by technology professionals and students of Ohio schools, the Broadcast Center will produce stories featuring topical conference events and interviews with attendees, exhibitors, keynote speakers and others. Come and watch as we produce several live streamed newscasts. You can find more details at the event.
Any school or organization wishing to use the Broadcast Center during the conference is invited to do so. Content will be posted on the OTEC website, SVN-TV, and other media sharing sites. Please email your reservations for studio time to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The OETC/SVN Broadcast Center is facilitated through collaboration between OETC and School Video News, your on-line resource for teachers and administrators of TV/Video and Film production.
2018 Block opening soon!
Reserve your room for the 2018 OETC Conference!
The preferred hotel for the 2018 OETC is the Hyatt Regency Columbus. This downtown Columbus hotel is in the heart of the city, connected to the Greater Columbus Convention Center and within easy walking distance to the Arena District and Huntington Park - an ideal location for all OETC attendees and exhibitors!
Fresh and modern, Hyatt Regency Columbus offers 633 luxurious rooms and spacious suites that feel like new. Sleek and stylish, the spotless Columbus hotel rooms feature upgraded amenities like swiveling flat-screen TVs, luxurious bedding and chic, contemporary decor. Dine at Market Stand Café or enjoy a refreshing beverage at Big Bar on 2. Utilize the newly renovated StayFit™ fitness center or practice yoga in the comfort of your own room and stay healthy while at the conference. The cheerful, efficient staff is there to help when you need it, and from your easy check-in to smooth check-out, you’ll feel like a VIP at Hyatt Regency Columbus. The OETC rate is only $166* (plus $10 for each additional person up to 4 total).
OETC Hotels and rates*
||Price Per Night
||2-3 Additional People Per Room
||Distance From OETC (miles)
|Drury Inn & Suites
|Hampton Inn & Suites
|Courtyard by Marriott
|Red Roof Inn Plus+
Interactive Area Map (Convention Center is marked "A")
*Room rates are quotes exclusive of applicable state and local taxes, which are currently 17.50%
2018 Block coming Q3 2017
400 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Parking is always a challenge during OETC especially at the lots closest to the convention center. There are several lots available in the downtown area and the new CBus is a free shuttle that loops the convention center area every 10-15 minutes.
Make trip planning easier by booking your guaranteed parking spot with Parking Panda. Select the date(s)/time your are attending and compare prices and distance of many lots and garages nearby. Book now and your space at the chosen facility is 100% gauranteed!
Parking Rates (for Convention Center-managed lots):
- West Garage, North Lot: Flat Rate of $10
- South Garage: Hourly rates - Major renovations are taking place in this location, limited parking is available in this location.
- East Lot: Flat Rate: $8
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Area Visitor Information
OETC 2018 Call for Volunteers
The “Call for Volunteers” for the 2018 Ohio Educational Technology Conference will open in the fall! Producing a conference that attracts more than 4,000 people requires a large support staff of smiling people, and that is where you can help! In exchange for six hours of time, you will receive a complimentary Conference Pass registration for two days (Wednesday and Thursday) of the Conference.
This year we are using an online system that allows you to select your position and times and know immediately what you are being scheduled to do. To register to be a volunteer at #OETC18 please visit the Volunteer Registration Page (coming Q3).
Returning for 2018 will be our "Session Reviewer" volunteer positions:
Session Reviewers - We will be looking for 30 subject matter experts in various areas to perform peer reviews on the session proposals. Details and the application can be found on the Session Reviewer Application Page (coming Q3).
What is a conference volunteer?
Conference volunteers provide assistance necessary for making the Ohio Educational Technology Conference a reality. Volunteers agree to work six (6) hours at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, February 12 - 15, 2018.
** Please note that a very limited number of volunteer opportunities will be available on Monday, February 12, 2018.
Volunteer Position Descriptions
** Please note that all volunteer jobs require standing for long periods of time and lifting (10 lbs. or more).
Volunteers will be stationed at entryways and computer terminals to determine whether attendees have pre-registered; if so, volunteers will assist with sign-in procedures, and if not, direct them to the appropriate area.
- Being a "smiling face" to attendees arriving at the conference
- Cheerfully greeting attendees as they enter the convention area.
- Directing attendees to the appropriate check-in areas
- Providing pre-registered attendees with badges, bags and other conference items
These volunteers are stationed throughout the concourse to provide information and assistance to all conference attendees.
- Remaining polite and cheerful during all interactions
- Greeters should be outgoing and approach conference attendees to welcome and offer assistance
- Being familiar with the conference layout, room assignments, registration locations and instructions
- Directing attendees to appropriate areas
- Monitors will ensure signage for presentation is correct and up to date, posting information about session relocations or cancellations
- Ensuring that speakers have all needed equipment prior to presentations
- Ensuring attendees have badges and/or are on lists of participants for sessions with restricted/limited admission
- Completing reporting forms for each session
- Collect tickets for admission to workshops
Who is eligible to serve as a volunteer?
Anyone with an interest in educational technology and life-long learning who is interested in taking an active role in the conference is eligible to serve as a volunteer. The position Session Reviewer does require specific knowledge of those areas.
What do volunteers receive in exchange for their time and efforts?
Volunteers receive a complimentary Full Conference Pass registration. Volunteers will also be provided with a complimentary t-shirt, which must be worn during their hours of service.
Are Volunteers allowed to select their hours of volunteer service?
The volunteer application process requires candidates to select dates/times that best fit their respective schedules. However, the conference team reserves the right to change assignment dates or times.
What is the deadline for submitting a volunteer application?
The system for registering as a volunteer is on a first-come, first-assigned basis.
When will volunteers be notified?
You will be notified of your status after a review of your application.
What happens if I have an emergency or cannot report or perform my volunteer duties?
A volunteer is asked to notify OETC personnel at OETC@highered.ohio.gov or 614-387-1024 within 24-hours of volunteer service assignment if s/he is unable to report for or perform his/her assigned duties. Failure to do so will result in the forfeiture of one's complimentary registration and may also result in being billed for any days of Conference attendance.
The complete schedule and presenter information can now be found on our mobile app HTML site. Create a new account or use your registration email with "welcome123" as the password.
A reduced version of the printed program guide can be downloaded by CLICKING HERE.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Fredi Lajvardi, Nationally Recognized STEM Educator & Subject of the Critically Acclaimed Documentary, Underwater Dreams, and Major Motion Picture, Spare Parts
For more than two decades, high school science teacher, Fredi Lajvardi has engaged, motivated and challenged students by making science fun and introducing them to the field of robotics. With countless hours spent after school, mentoring and investing in the underserved students at Carl Hayden Community High School, Lajvardi drew national attention in 2004, when he entered his diverse high school team in a university level national underwater robotics competition, where they not only proved their skills and ability to compete at that level, but they placed first, defeating leading universities, including MIT.
First covered by Wired magazine, their inspiring story drew attention from local and national media outlets and led to the acclaimed documentary, Underwater Dreams. In March 2015, the film was selected by President Obama to screen at the White House in honor of National Robotics Week and the launch of the “Let Everyone Dream” Coalition, a national initiative introducing new multi-sector partnerships in support of STEM education for underserved students. Their story was also adapted into the major motion picture, Spare Parts, starring actor and comedian, George Lopez as Lajvardi.
Honored with numerous awards, including the IEEE National Outstanding Educator for 2005, the Arizona Department of Education Leadership Award for 2006, and the City of Phoenix Outstanding Teacher of the Year each year from 2005 to 2009, Lajvardi has and continues to be a significant contributor to the increasing interest and awareness of STEM education nationwide. With an effective leadership philosophy, incredible story and a spirited passion for teaching, Lajvardi offers valuable and inspiring insight on fostering teamwork, sparking creativity and helping individuals realize and maximize their potential.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. | Leslie Fisher, Director, Fisher Technologies
Leslie Fishers interest in technology began while studying music at the University of Southern California. She quickly realized the value of utilizing computers for music mixing and recording. She grabbed her 300 baud modem, jumped on the Internet (before anyone really called it the internet) and started looking for music resources. She soon realized she was spending more time discovering technology than playing music so she changed her major and tried to figure out what geeky thing she could do for the rest of her life.
After graduating from USC with a Business and Marketing degree in 1989 and a quick stint as a Trainer, Leslie joined Apple Computer in 1992. When the Internet took off in 1994, Leslie was one of the first Apple employees assigned to study Internet growth and implementation.
In 1997, Leslie was roadkill on Apple's road to recovery and part of their massive lay off. Leslie planned to spend most of her huge severance package golfing and waiting a few months to look for a job. The day after her layoff, her phone began to ring with Apple customers requesting consulting, training and presentation services. Before she could say fore, Fisher Technologies Inc. was created to help educators with their technology implementations and decisions.
Fisher Technologies Inc. is now a worldwide company (meaning one employee named Leslie gets to travel the world teaching) specializing in presenting emerging and exciting technology solutions to educators all over the world.
Leslie's appearance at OETC is courtesy of Squirrels.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Cable Green, Director of Open Education, Creative Commons
Cable works with the global open education community to leverage open licensing, open content, and open policies to significantly improve access to quality, affordable, education and research resources so everyone in the world can attain their education goals. He’s a leading advocate for open licensing policies that ensure publicly funded education materials are freely and openly available.
Cable helps lead the global open education movement and is the Director of Open Education at Creative Commons (CC) - a nonprofit organization at the center of an international movement to promote sharing of creativity and knowledge. CC provides the well-known suite of open licenses that have become the global standard used by governments, institutions and individuals across culture, education, and science, to promote sharing, collaboration and innovation. The CC licenses are everywhere—1.3+ billion are in use across 9 million websites—making it easy for anyone to freely access and use open educational resources.