For Attendees

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! We encourage everyone who attends to bring their own device(s) 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 interact and experiment with new technologies you can implement in your leanring environments. 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 4,000 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.

Justify Your Attendance

Do you need help with justifying the value of attending OETC?  Check out some great reasons to attend by downloading the Justification Letter.

Your Conference, Your Way!

For the past 21 years, the Ohio Educational Technology Conference has evolved to meet the ever-changing needs of Ohio’s educators.

More than 250 one-hour concurrent sessions and two-hour extended sessions are offered throughout the three days of the conference! Additionally, the first conference day will feature 3-hour deep dive sessions 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.

Register Online

Please call the conference team at 614-387-1024 with any questions about the registration process.

2019 Group (2 or More) Registration - Credit Card Payment  (Visa, Mastercard, Amex, and Discover Accepted)

2019 Individual Registration - Credit Card Payment  (Visa, Mastercard, Amex, and Discover Accepted)

2019 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"

Registration Questions:




Schedule at a Glance

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
8:00 am – 4:30 pm       Registration Open
8:30 am – 10:30 am     2-Hour Extended Session
8:30 am – 9:30 am       Concurrent Session #1
9:45 am – 10:45 am     Concurrent Session #2
10:30 am - 12:00 pm    General Session
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm     Lunch Break
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm     Exhibit Hall Open
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm       3-Hour Deep Dive
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm       Concurrent Session #3
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm       Concurrent Session #4

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
7:00 am – 4:30 pm        Registration Open
8:00 am – 9:00 pm        Concurrent Session #5
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 #6
11:00 am – 1:00 pm      2-Hour Extended Session
12:00 am – 1:00 pm      Lunch / Exhibit Time
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm       Concurrent Session #7
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm       Concurrent Session #8
2:15 pm – 4:15 pm       2-Hour Extended Session
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm       Concurrent Session #9

Thursday, February 14, 2019
7:00 am – 2:30 pm        Registration Open
8:00 am – 9:00 pm        Concurrent Session #10
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 #11
11:00 am – 1:00 pm      2-Hour Extended Session
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm      Lunch / Exhibit Time
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm        Concurrent Session #12
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm        2-Hour Extended Session
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm        Concurrent Session #13

Eric Sheninger, Senior Fellow and Thought Leader, International Center for Leadership in Education
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 11:00 a.m.

Eric is a Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership and Learning with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). He is the award-winning Principal at New Milford High School and under his leadership his school became a globally-recognized model for innovative practices. Eric oversaw the successful implementation of several sustainable change initiatives that radically transformed the learning culture at his school while increasing achievement.

His work focuses on leading and learning in the digital age as a model for moving schools and districts forward. This has led to the formation of the Pillars of Digital Leadership, a framework for all educators to initiate sustainable change to transform school cultures. As a result Eric has emerged as an innovative leader, bestselling author, and sought-after speaker. His main foci are purposeful integration of technology to facilitate student learning, improve communications with stakeholders, enhance public relations, create a positive brand presence, discover opportunity, transform learning spaces, and help educators grow professionally.

250+ Exhibitors.  Interactive Learning Zone.  Informative Presentations.

Be sure to visit the Exhibition Hall during your time at #OETC19.  There is always something interesting to see and exciting activities are ongoing. Open 12pm-4pm on February 12th, 9am-4pm on the 13th, and 9am-2pm on the 14th, the Exhibit Hall is your one-stop shop for all things in 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.



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 OETC website, SVN-TV, and other media sharing sites. Please email your reservations for studio time to

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.

Reserve your room for the 2019 OETC Conference!


Preferred Hotel

The preferred hotel for the 2019 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 Short North Arts District - 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 $176* (plus $10 for each additional person up to 4 total).


OETC Hotels and rates*

Property Price Per Night Additional People Per Room Distance From OETC (miles)
Hyatt Regency $176 $10 per person 0.1
Crowne Plaza $184 $10 per person 0.2
Double Tree Suites $149   0.8
Drury Inn & Suites $135 $10 per person after 2 0.2
Hampton Inn & Suites $174 $184 for double occupancy 0.1
Hilton $179   0.1
Holiday Inn $129   0.9
Hyatt Place $149   1.8
Courtyard by Marriott $177   0.4
Red Roof Inn Plus+ $162   0.3
Renaissance $139   0.7
Sheraton $172 $10 per person after 2 0.9

The Double Tree, Holiday Inn, Courtyard, and Sheraton are all within a short walk of the free CBUS Circulator! The CBUS is a free shuttle that loops the convention center area every 10-15 minutes.

Interactive Area Map

*Room rates are quotes exclusive of applicable state and local taxes, which are currently 17.50%. Rates available through January 13, 2019.




Conference Location

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 CBUS is a free shuttle that loops the convention center area every 10-15 minutes.

Guaranteed Parking

Are you driving to The Ohio Educational Technology Conference? Make trip planning easier by booking your guaranteed parking spot with Spot Hero.

To reserve your parking spot today, visit the OETC 2019 SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up.


Travel Conditions Travel Information 

Ohgo Travel Info Site: Your source for real time traffic updates. Statewide road activity details, seasonal weather condition reports, automated weather sensors data and live Web Camera views.

Area Visitor Information

OETC 2019 Call for Volunteers

The “Call for Volunteers” for the 2019 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 this is where you can help! In exchange for six hours of time, you will receive a complimentary full conference pass.

This year we are using an online system that allows you to select your position and dates and times most suitable to your schedule. To register to be a volunteer at #OETC19, click the online link located on the volunteer registration page going live this Fall.

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 11 - 14, 2019.

** Please note that a very limited number of volunteer opportunities will be available on Monday, February 11, 2019.

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.

Tasks include:

  • 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.

Greeters/Information desk 

These volunteers are stationed throughout the concourse to provide information and assistance to all conference attendees.

Tasks include: 

  • remaining polite and cheerful during all interactions.
  • being 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.


Session Monitors

Tasks include:

  • monitoring session signage for accuracy. Post information about session relocations or cancellations as needed.
  • 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.
  • collecting 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 volunteer position "Session Reviewer" does require specific knowledge of specific areas.

What do volunteers receive in exchange for their time and efforts?

Volunteers receive a complimentary Full Conference registration pass. Volunteers will also be provided with a complimentary t-shirt, which must be worn during 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 via email of your status after a review of your application. Be sure to verify your correct email address before submitting 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 or 614-387-1024 within 24-hours of volunteer service assignment if she/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 2018 Program Guide is available by CLICKING HERE (15mb download)


Dr. Wesley Fryer, Director of Technology, The Casady School | Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 4:00 p.m.

Wes is a teacher, author, speaker, and the director of technology for Casady School in Oklahoma City. He is the co-host of the weekly “EdTech Situation Room” webshow and podcast (@edtechSR), and co-leads an afterschool STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) club for elementary students. He is the author of several books on effectively using digital technologies to communicate, tell stories, create media projects, and develop STEM coding skills. Wes became a Google Certified Teacher in 2009, was named an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2005, and a PBS Digital Innovator in 2014. He and his wife, Shelly, have three children.



John Sileo, CEO, The Sileo Group | Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 9:00 a.m.

John Sileo’s identity was stolen and used to embezzle $300,000 from his clients. The exposure destroyed John’s career and consumed two years of his life as he fought to stay out of jail. Combining real-world experience with years of study, John became an award winning author and leading expert on cyber security, identity theft and data privacy.

John is CEO of The Sileo Group, a data security think tank that helps organizations protect the information that drives their profits. His body of work includes engagements with the Pentagon, USA Today, Visa, 60 Minutes, Homeland Security, Rachael Ray, Schwab and organizations of all sizes. John graduated with honors from Harvard University and spends his free time with his remarkable wife and two highly spirited daughters.


Linnette Attai, Founder, Playwell, LLC | Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 9:00 a.m.

OETC is proud to welcome Linnette Attai as its keynote speaker on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 9 a.m. Linnette has more than 25 years of experience guiding clients through the complex compliance obligations governing data privacy matters, online user safety, and marketing, with a focus in the education and entertainment sectors. As the founder of PlayWell, LLC, Linnette works with private and public companies, schools and districts, youth groups, education leadership, lawmakers and policy influencers, children, and parents. Linnette serves as a virtual chief privacy officer and data protection officer for a number of companies, and speaks nationally on online privacy, safety, and marketing matters. In addition, Linnette is project director for the CoSN Privacy Initiative and Trusted Learning Environment programs, and an adjunct professor of marketing at the Fordham Graduate School of Business and at The New School.  

Prior to founding PlayWell, LLC, Linnette served as vice president, standards & practices, for Nickelodeon, and as a compliance executive with CBS.  . 


Tom Murray, Director of Innovation, Future Ready Schools | Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 11:00 a.m.

A former school principal, Mr. Murray is passionate about proper technology infusion and personalized professional learning. He is a recipient of the Blended Schools Network Leadership Award; named one of the top 16 “forward thinking EdTech leaders in the country,” named one of the “top 100 influential voices in education,” and has been featured in Tech & Learning magazine’s Leadership Profile. Mr. Murray’s QCSD cyber and blended learning programs have been highlighted by, T.H.E. Journal, District Administration magazine, Project Red, Tech & Learning magazine, the Innosight Institute, iNACOL, and on Digital Learning Day 2013 and 2014, among others. He also serves on the advisory board for T.H.E. Journal.


Session Documents

Listed below are the session documents received from presenters as of Friday, February 23, 2018.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018  
2/13/2018 9:00 AM Handouts Digital Interactive Notebooks – Taking Notebooks into the Google Age
2/13/2018 9:00 AM Handouts Ohio’s Learning Standards for Technology
2/13/2018 11:00 AM Slides Lesser Known But Very Cool, Google Tools
2/13/2018 11:00 AM Handouts Lesser Known But Very Cool, Google Tools
2/13/2018 11:00 AM Slides Music and Maps: Combining arts education with digital learning
2/13/2018 1:00 PM Slides A Cheater’s Gonna Cheat, Cheat, Cheat...Shake It Off!
2/13/2018 2:00 PM Slides 10G and Beyond: Designing and Managing High-Stakes Infrastructure (2018)
2/13/2018 2:00 PM Slides A New Frontier in Assessment: Use Instructionally in the Classroom
2/13/2018 2:00 PM Handouts A New Frontier in Assessment: Use Instructionally in the Classroom
2/13/2018 2:00 PM Slides Breaking the Mold with Breakout EDU
2/13/2018 2:00 PM Handouts Teaching Coding and Programming for the Non-Coder
2/13/2018 3:00 PM Slides Making A Connection: Comparing H.323 and Cloud-Based Video Conferencing Solutions
2/13/2018 3:00 PM Handouts Making A Connection: Comparing H.323 and Cloud-Based Video Conferencing Solutions
Wednesday, February 14, 2018  
2/14/2018 8:00 AM Slides Google Classroom - Possibilities are Endless
2/14/2018 8:00 AM Handouts Google Classroom - Possibilities are Endless
2/14/2018 8:00 AM Slides Google Keeps Students Organized
2/14/2018 8:00 AM Slides Using Edulastic for Summative and/or Formative Assessments
2/14/2018 11:00 AM Handouts Featured Speaker - Tom Murray - Creating Future Ready Schools
2/14/2018 11:00 AM Slides LEVEL UP Rural Ed: Leveling the field with blended learning
2/14/2018 11:00 AM Handouts LEVEL UP Rural Ed: Leveling the field with blended learning
2/14/2018 11:00 AM Slides Move 1:1 Without Hiring Additional Staff
2/14/2018 11:00 AM Slides Technology for Voice and Choice:  UDL and Multiple Literacies
2/14/2018 11:00 AM Handouts VR: Seeing Education Differently
2/14/2018 1:00 PM Slides Creating and Presenting an Accessible Slide Presentation
2/14/2018 1:00 PM Slides Ransomware Goes to School: Risks and Best Practices for K-12
2/14/2018 1:00 PM Slides Using Technology in Ohio Adult Readiness Education Classes
2/14/2018 1:00 PM Handouts Using Technology in Ohio Adult Readiness Education Classes
2/14/2018 1:00 PM Handouts What?!?!  Students Fixing Chromebooks?  That will NEVER work!
2/14/2018 1:00 PM Slides What's the buzz? It's a drone!
2/14/2018 2:15 PM Slides "Technology Planning for District Leaders"
2/14/2018 2:15 PM Handouts "Technology Planning for District Leaders"
2/14/2018 2:15 PM Slides How Illuminate Saved My Sanity
2/14/2018 2:15 PM Slides Teach Above Your Head!
2/14/2018 2:15 PM Slides Virtual Reality in the Classroom
2/14/2018 3:30 PM Slides Best Practices for Complying: COPA, CIPA, and FERPA in GAFE/O365
2/14/2018 3:30 PM Slides Critical Thinking in the “Fake News” Era: Evaluating Online Sources
2/14/2018 3:30 PM Handouts Critical Thinking in the “Fake News” Era: Evaluating Online Sources
2/14/2018 3:30 PM Slides Culturally Responsive Teaching and Community Building in a Digital World
2/14/2018 3:30 PM Slides Google Tour Builder: Global Learning Made Simple
2/14/2018 3:30 PM Handouts Google Tour Builder: Global Learning Made Simple
2/14/2018 3:30 PM Slides Learning Experiences Available Through Distance Learning Technology
2/14/2018 3:30 PM Handouts Learning Experiences Available Through Distance Learning Technology
2/14/2018 3:30 PM Handouts Ohio’s Learning Management System
2/14/2018 3:30 PM Slides Rebooting Online Reading Skills for College and Career Readiness
2/14/2018 3:30 PM Handouts Rebooting Online Reading Skills for College and Career Readiness
Thursday, February 15, 2018  
2/15/2018 8:00 AM Slides Bring Your STEM to Life with Augmented Reality
2/15/2018 8:00 AM Handouts Bring Your STEM to Life with Augmented Reality
2/15/2018 8:00 AM Handouts Deep Sheets: Promoting Collaboration and Discussion with Spreadsheets
2/15/2018 8:00 AM Handouts FREE Financial Literacy Resources for Grades 1-6 Using SmartPath
2/15/2018 8:00 AM Slides Have your Google Forms Collect and Organize Themselves
2/15/2018 8:00 AM Slides Increasing End of Course exam scores using Edcite
2/15/2018 8:00 AM Slides Using Technology for Student Self-Study & Self-Assessment
2/15/2018 10:30 AM Handouts Card Sorting Algorithms
2/15/2018 11:00 AM Slides Discover the Magic of Google's Bag of Tricks
2/15/2018 11:00 AM Handouts Discover the Magic of Google's Bag of Tricks
2/15/2018 11:00 AM Slides Raspberry Pi and Digital Making in the Classroom
2/15/2018 11:00 AM Handouts Raspberry Pi and Digital Making in the Classroom
2/15/2018 11:00 AM Slides Student Based Enterprise - How Social Media Drives Commerce
2/15/2018 1:00 PM Slides Around the World in 60 Minutes: Using Google Expeditions
2/15/2018 1:00 PM Handouts Clips for Content, Creation, and Collaboration
2/15/2018 1:00 PM Slides Debunk the Digital Junk: Leading Students to Reliable Online Sources
2/15/2018 1:00 PM Handouts Not Another Book Report! Turn Same-Old, Exciting with INFOhio’s BookNook!
2/15/2018 1:00 PM Slides SLO: Your Role
2/15/2018 1:00 PM Slides Tech and Trek: Lessons From a College-Wide 1:1 iPad Initiative
2/15/2018 2:15 PM Handouts Look up!  Lessons on culture from a school 1:1
2/15/2018 2:15 PM Slides Makerspace Minefield: avoiding the roadblocks to success
2/15/2018 2:15 PM Handouts Makerspace Minefield: avoiding the roadblocks to success
2/15/2018 2:15 PM Slides Organizing and Executing Your First 3-D Printing Project
2/15/2018 2:15 PM Handouts Organizing and Executing Your First 3-D Printing Project

2019 OETC Schedule

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
  • Breakout Sessions 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • General Session 11:00 am
  • Exhibit Hall 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Wednesday February 13, 2019
  • General Session 9:00 am – 10:30 am
  • Breakout Sessions 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
  • Exhibit Hall 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Thursday February 14, 2019
  • General Session 9:00 am – 10:30 am
  • Breakout Sessions 8:00 am – 3:15 pm
  • Exhibit Hall 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

2019 Conference Rates

  Register By
Oct. 31, 2018
Register By
Jan. 31, 2019
Register After
Jan. 31, 2019
Full Conference Pass $235 $260 $310 $120
Two Day Pass $185 $210 $260 $80
 Single Day Pass $115 $140 $190 $40

Register five (5) or more team members on the same registration and save 10%! (available only through the group registration portal)

* Limited to full-time, higher-education, students.  Proof of enrollment required