Make. Build. Do.

At #OETC20, we know technology can be both exhilarating and overwhelming, so we are 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.
 
 

Learn what's new.

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 learning environments. We like to say that when you come to #OETC20, “you learn today and do tomorrow.” With our free-form, interactive-learning approach, professional development has never been more entertaining.
 
 

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, #OETC20 brings together more than 4,500 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 justifying the value of attending #OETC20? Check out some great reasons to attend by downloading the Justification Letter.

Your Conference, Your Way!

For the past 22 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 features 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 for #OETC20 is easy!

Register online and pay with a Credit Card:
 
OETC accepts Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover cards. To register and pay with a credit card, click on one of the following links:
 
Register online and upload a Purchase Order:
 
If you are paying with a purchase order, and have a the purchase order ready to upload, please register using the following link:
Please Note: 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 South Front Street, 2nd Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215
 
Use the chart below to determine the total registration cost when obtaining your purchase order. The registration system will not provide a total prior to requiring you to upload the PO.
 
 
 Register by Mail:
 
Download the REGISTRATION KIT, and mail the completed forms to: 
The Ohio Educational Technology Conference, Conference Registration
c/o Ohio Department of Higher Education
25 South Front Street, 2nd Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215
All checks need to be made payable to "Treasurer, State of Ohio"
 
 

Registration Questions:

Please call the conference team at 614-387-1024 or email us at info@oetc.ohio.gov with any questions about the registration process.

Plan your stay at #OETC20!

 

#OETC20 Preferred Hotel - Hyatt Regency Columbus

The preferred hotel for the 2020 Ohio Educational Technology Conference 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 $183* (plus $10 for each additional person up to 4 total).

#OETC20 Hotels and rates*

Property

Price Per Night

Additional People Per Room

Distance From OETC (miles)

Hyatt Regency 

$183

$10 per person

.1 miles

connected to the convention center

Crowne Plaza Columbus Downtown

$184 - standard

$300+ - suite

$10 per person

.2 miles

Red Roof Plus

$162 - standard

$192 - suite

-

.4 miles

DoubleTree Suites

$149 – suite

-

.9 miles

Hyatt Place Columbus/OSU

$149

-

1.6 miles

Courtyard by Marriott

$185

-

.3 miles

Holiday Inn Columbus Capitol Square

$129

-

1.1 miles

Hilton Columbus Downtown

$179

-

.05 miles

Drury Inn & Suites

$139 - standard

$159 - suite

$10 per person after 2 people

.5 miles

Sheraton Columbus Capitol Square

$173 – standard

$359 – suite

$10 per person after 2 people

.9 miles

Hampton Inn & Suites

$179 - standard

$199 - suite

$10 per person

.2 miles

Renaissance

$139

-

.6 mile

 

Click here to reserve your room for #OETC20!

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

Interactive Area Map

*Room rates are for the 2020 Ohio Educational Technology Conference hotel block and are exclusive of applicable state and local taxes, which are currently 17.50%. The rates for #OETC20 are available through January 12, 2020.

 

*Alert*

It has come to our attention that Ohio Educational Technology Conference participants are receiving emails regarding the hotel block for #OETC20 from an unauthorized vendor. 

Experience Columbus/Passkey is the only authorized vendor for #OETC20 and the hotel block is only available on the #OETC20 web page.

  • Fern Expo, Bartha Audio Video, Smartsource Rentals, Experience Columbus/Passkey, and SCANTrivia/Scanvenger Hunt are the only authorized vendors for OETC. Any other companies offering services are not authorized, including those offering mailing lists for the Conference.
  • Please contact OETC directly via email at info@oetc.ohio.gov if you have questions about whether a company is an authorized partner of OETC.
  • OETC participants should exercise due diligence and care with respect to any third-party offers to avoid possible unwarranted and/or unnecessary financial commitments.

#OETC20 Location

 

 

400 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215​

 

Directions and Parking

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 Columbus' CBUS Circulator now makes those lots convenient and easy for OETC attendees! 

 

Travel Information

 

Area Visitor Information

Volunteer at #OETC20!

Producing a conference that attracts more than 4,500 people annually requires a large support staff of smiling people, and this is where you can help! Volunteer six hours of your time and you will receive a complimentary full conference registration!

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, either prior to conference as a session reviewer, or onsite at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, February 10-13, 2020.

** Please note that a very limited number of volunteer opportunities will be available on Monday, February 10, 2020. All onsite volunteer positions require standing for long periods of time and lifting (10 lbs. or more).

 

Important Volunteer Dates

  • Monday, September 16, 2019 - Monday, September 30, 2019 - Session Reviews by volunteers.
  • Monday, October 7, 2019 at 12:00 pm - Call for Onsite Volunteer Opens! Check back here for the link to apply to be an onsite volunteer.

 

Volunteer Position Descriptions:

     On-site Volunteer Positions:

Registration
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 changes 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.

Setup/Tear-Down
Tasks include:
  • Unpacking/packing conference supplies.
  • Transporting items to designated areas.
  • Connecting/disconnecting audio-visual equipment, computer terminals, monitors and printers, etc. 

Pre-conference Volunteer Positions:
Session Reviewers
The volunteer position "session reviewer" requires qualifications and knowledge in specific areas. An application and approval process is required for this volunteer position. The Call for Session Reviewers is now closed.  Volunteers must be available to review sessions from September 16-30, 2019. If you are accepted as a session reviewer and cannot meet this deadline, please contact the Conference Team at present@oetc.ohio.gov

 

OETC Volunteer FAQs

Who is eligible to serve as a volunteer?
Anyone with an interest in educational technology and life-long learning that is interested in taking an active role in the conference is eligible to serve as a volunteer. The volunteer position "session reviewer" does require knowledge and qualifications in specific areas.
 
What do volunteers receive in exchange for their time and efforts?
Volunteers receive a complimentary full conference registration pass. If you are a presenter and a reviewer, you are eligible to receive the maximum of one complimentary pass. Onsite volunteers will also be provided with a complimentary t-shirt, which must be worn during hours of volunteer service at OETC.
 
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 to be an onsite volunteer?
Onsite volunteer positions are filled on a first-come, first-assigned basis. Once the positions are full, applicants will be put onto a waitlist. 
 
When will volunteers be notified?
Volunteers will be notified via email of their status after a review of their 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?
Volunteers are asked to notify OETC Staff via email at info@oetc.ohio.gov or by phone at (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.

 

Here is some additional information to help you recap and review the event:
  • OETC 2019 Printed Program Guide - .pdf format

  • All session documents are available via the mobile app. Click HERE to access the HTML5 version app.  Login with your registration email and "oetc19" as the password. If you need help logging into the app, please email us at info@oetc.ohio.gov.

  • A special thanks to presenter Jamie Chanter for sending this document, which includes additional collaborative notes and information from #OETC19 sessions.