Session Schedule and Available Session Types

Session Schedule:

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Deep-Dive Session:        9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Extended Sessions:         2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Educational Sessions       1:30 PM – 2:30 PM and 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Extended Sessions:                     8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Educational Sessions                   8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Poster and Table Displays:           11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Round Table Sessions:                12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Extended Sessions:                     8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Educational Sessions                   8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Poster and Table Displays:           11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Round Table Sessions:                12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Session Types

Deep-Dive Session – Three (3) hour session

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

Extended Sessions – Two (2) hour session

Extended Sessions feature exploration and learning in a format that allows further exploration than is possible in a 1-hour educational session.  Extended sessions allow attendees to interact with new technologies, latest instructional methodologies and in-depth instruction all while interacting with peers. Extended Sessions are intended to provide attendees with hands-on opportunities to explore, learn, and practice the implementation of technological tools and solutions.

Educational Session – One (1) hour 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 or up to four presenters for a panel discussion. You should allow time at the end of your presentation for discussion and questions.

Educational Sessions may be presented in multiple formats such as:

BYOD (Bring your own Device) Educational 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.

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 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM with each poster or display staffed by at least one person from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.  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

Posters 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 ideas 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).