Session Types

Tuesday, February 14, 2017:  Pre-conference workshops only

Pre-conference Workshop – Three (3) hour workshop

Presented in a classroom setting, these workshops allow participants to immerse themselves and take a deep dive into a subject, topic or content area.  These workshops feature exploration and learning with the new technologies, latest instructional methodologies and in-depth instruction all while interacting with peers. These workshops are intended to provide attendees with hands-on opportunities to explore, learn, and practice the implementation of technological tools and solutions.

Wednesday, February 15 and Thursday, February 16, 2017

Educational Sessions

BYOD (Bring your own Device) Educational Session – 50-minute session

A BYOD workshop is designed to be an interactive and hands-on learning experience for participants and is similar to a traditional educational session but include the use of the attendee’s personal equipment. BYOD sessions are 50 minutes in length and can use PC, mobile, or other hands-on devices.  Extremely compelling sessions could possibly be extended over two breakout time slots.

Educational Session – 50-minute session

An educational session can be a case study, research report, demonstration, or informational session about a topic of interest. The session may include a successful design approach, management effort, or technology implementation. You may also choose to demonstrate an application using real-world examples and scenarios. Your session must be informative and not a commercial for a specific product. Be sure to include alternatives you considered and challenges you faced. A presentation can have no more than two presenters. You should allow time at the end of your presentation for discussion and questions.

Student-led Educational Session – 50-minute session

An educational session can be a case study, research report, demonstration, or informational session about a topic of interest.  These sessions are presented by students and should be from the students’ point of view.  The session may include a successful design approach, management effort, or technology implementation. You may also choose to demonstrate an application using real-world examples and scenarios. Your session must be informative and not a commercial for a specific product. Be sure to include alternatives you considered and challenges you faced. A presentation can have no more than two presenters. You should allow time at the end of your presentation for discussion and questions.

Panel or Moderated Discussion – 50-minute session

Several brief presentations and/or informed discussions on a topic by up to four people (including the moderator) with contrasting or complementary points of view, moderated by a chairperson with time reserved for audience participation, questions, and comments.

Roundtable Discussions

All roundtable discussions will be held from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM on Wednesday, February 10 and Thursday, February, 11 during an extended lunch break.  Attendees will be encouraged to grab a snack or drink from the venue's outlets and join a lunch exchange. At the beginning of the exchange, the facilitator will welcome attendees and ask each to introduce her or himself and note their interest in the topic. The facilitator likely will pose a thought-provoking question or challenge, and from there those in attendance are encouraged to share and discuss, to network, and to learn one from another. It is a 'meeting of the minds' and the time together will be whatever you make of it. There is no formal presentation.

Poster Sessions and Table Displays

Poster Sessions

The poster sessions will be held on Wednesday and Thursday from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.  Each poster will be staffed by at least one person during this time frame.  Selected posters will be displayed on one (1) of the days listed above.

Poster Sessions are built around detailed graphic displays of current research, successful technology implementation strategies or innovative projects in an open setting where attendees can talk one-on-one with the researcher, educator or innovator eager to share their promising ideas, solutions, current research, and best practices in education. This provides a great opportunity for networking with others facing challenging IT and Ed-Tech issues.

Poster Format

Poster’s will be displayed on a 4x6’ tack board, with one (1) poster per board.  All posters must fit within the space provided.  Sample poster guidelines, free poster templates, poster design and layout tips may be found at the following site:

http://www.webguru.neu.edu/communicating-science/communicating/preparing-poster-presentation

Table-top Displays

OETC is seeking, higher education institutions, P-12 schools, and organizations to submit display proposals showing new and innovative learning opportunities or showcasing the efforts of students who are learning in innovative ways.  The displays are intended to be highly interactive and allow attendees and presenters to share and interact within a hands-on environment demonstrating these programs and projects, with the goal of spreading innovative learning opportunities across the state.

Display Space

Each display will get a 10'x10' area with drape, skirted table, and two chairs.  Electricity, one (1) 120V 5A outlet, is available upon request. Wi-Fi will be provided by OETC in the exhibit hall, display areas, and meeting rooms, however if you need high bandwidth internet service, wired internet service is available from the convention center at an additional cost.

This is an excellent opportunity to promote your school, institution, program, or project to approximately 4,000 teachers, administrators, and school technology professionals.  Participation in this area is limited to higher education institutions, PK-12 schools, and districts (including faculty, staff, teachers and students).