For Attendees

Make. Build. Do.

At #OETC19, 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 learning environments. We like to say that when you come to #OETC19, “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, #OETC19 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 justifying the value of attending #OETC19? 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:




Thank you to all of the #OETC19 Presenters! 

All session documents that have been received were added to the sessions on the app.  Click HERE to access the HTML5 version of the #OETC19 mobile app.  Login with your registration email and "oetc19" as the password. If you need help logging into the app, please email us at

A special thanks to presenter Jamie Chanter for sending this document to include all other collaborative notes from #OETC19.  


#OETC19 Schedule at a Glance

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

7:00 am – 4:30 pm         Registration Open
8:00 am – 10:00 am       2-Hour Extended Session
8:00 am – 9:00 am         Concurrent Session #1
9:15 am – 10:15 am       Concurrent Session #2
10:30 am - 12:00 pm      General Session: Eric Sheninger
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm       Exhibit Hall Open
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm       Concurrent Session #3
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm         3-Hour Deep Dive
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm         Interactive Playgrounds
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm         Concurrent Session #4
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm         Concurrent Session #5

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

7:00 am – 4:30 pm          Registration Open
8:00 am – 9:00 am          Concurrent Session #6
9:00 am – 4:00 pm          Exhibit Hall Open
9:00 am – 10:30 am        General Session: Gene Lloyd, Julie Maynard, Tyler Oberly, and Troy Larson
10:30 am – 12:30 pm      Interactive Playgrounds
11:00 am – 12:00 pm      Concurrent Session #7
11:00 am – 1:00 pm        2-Hour Extended Session
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm         FREd Talks in Union Station Ballroom B
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm        Lunch/Exhibit Time
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm          Concurrent Session #8
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm          Interactive Playgrounds
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm          Concurrent Session #9
2:15 pm – 4:15 pm          2-Hour Extended Session
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm          Concurrent Session #10

Thursday, February 14, 2019

7:00 am – 2:30 pm          Registration Open
8:00 am – 9:00 am          Concurrent Session #11
9:00 am – 2:00 pm          Exhibit Hall Open
9:00 am – 10:30 am        General Session: Justin Aglio
10:30 am – 12:30 pm      Interactive Playgrounds
11:00 am – 12:00 pm      Concurrent Session #12
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 #13
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm          2-Hour Extended Session
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm          Concurrent Session #14

Eric Sheninger, Senior Fellow and Thought Leader, International Center for Leadership in Education
GENERAL SESSION: Tuesday, February 12 - 10:30 a.m.

Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today

The current speed of technological breakthroughs has led to the coming age of workplace automation, dramatically altering the world of work that our students will enter. With all that is known about how students learn and the predictions regarding the world that our students will face tomorrow, a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching and learning is educational malpractice. Built on the foundation of leadership and school culture, a redesigned learning experience fundamentally shifts the teaching and learning paradigm to one that’s personal. It alters the use of authentic assessments, how technology is leveraged, the spaces in which the learning occurs, the way educators grow professionally, how schools collaborate with the community, and the sustainability of the system as a whole. Eric will dissect this approach to unlocking tomorrow’s schools so that today’s modern learners leave ready to create new industries, find new cures, and solve world problems.

Meet Eric Sheninger

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.

Feel free to connect with Eric Sheninger on Twitter @E_Sheninger #OETC19.

Gene Lloyd, Instructional Designer, Julie Maynard, Instructor, Troy Larson, Sr. DevOps Cloud Architect, and Tyler Oberly, Director of Football Analytics 

GENERAL SESSION: Wednesday, February 13 – 9:00 a.m.

Teaching and Learning: The Real-World Career Implications of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence is the third wave of technology evolution and is becoming more ubiquitous in the workplace and education. This panel discussion will provide real world examples of how AI is currently used in Teacher Prep (STEM Education), the NFL, and at Amazon. Joining the panel are Julie Maynard, PhD candidate in STEM education at OSU and Co-founder of the Starfish STEM Academy; Tyler Oberly, Director of Football Analytics, Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL, and Troy Larson, Senior Developmental Web Operations, Cloud Architect Amazon Web Services, and the Pollexy Project. The session is moderated by Gene Lloyd , Adjunct Faculty Tiffin University, Instructional Designer & Technologist for the Center of Excellence in Teaching and Learning, St. Petersburg College and Co-founder of the Starfish STEM Academy. All panel discussion participants received their start and attribute much of their success to the educational opportunities provided by Ohio’s educational technology and learning initiatives over the last several years for students, teachers, and administrators.

Meet the Keynote Panel

Julie Maynard, Instructor Ohio State University, Co-founder of the Starfish STEM Academy 

Julie Maynard has over 20 years of teaching experience in grades 4-12 and higher education with a focus on instructional strategies that support the engagement and motivation of students through technology-based learning environments that integrate STEM education through project-based learning. Julie is a Graduate Teaching Associate for The Ohio State University Department of Teaching and Learning while pursuing a PhD in STEM Education, with a specialization in Technology and Engineering Education. Julie is also the co-founder of the Starfish STEM Academy, which is an afterschool program for underrepresented 7th and 8th grade young women that will begin during the 2019-2020 academic year. She is one of only six participants invited to participate in the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) Twenty-first Century Leadership Academy Cohort for 2018-19.

Troy Larson, Senior DevOps Cloud Architect, Amazon Web Services 

Troy Larson is an experienced Cloud Architect with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. He is a strong arts and design professional skilled in e-commerce, enterprise architecture, agile methodologies, software development life cycle (SDLC), and management. Troy works with AWS Enterprise customers, both in a remote support and onsite support capacity, to meet their strategic corporate goals for security, performance, cost, and durability by utilizing the services and frameworks provided in the Amazon Cloud.

Troy is also the main developer for the Pollexy Project. He used two software tools for third-party developers to program a virtual assistant that cues his autistic son reminders about needing to eat or using the restroom. It provides the audio or text so it can be incorporated into commands or spoken words that the virtual assistant can deliver.

Follow Troy Larson on Twitter @Troy_Larson

Tyler Oberly, Director of Football Analytics, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

Tyler is currently the Director of Football Analytics for the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He developed his own model for evaluating National Football League rosters and salary caps, called the Elitics PER (Player Efficiency Rating) Model. As one of seven finalists in the 2014 MIT Sloan Business School’s Evolution of Sport Conference, Tyler was able to present his work to an audience of sports professionals looking for the next big thing that could change the face of sports. This opportunity began his career with the Buccaneers and was asked to head the new analytics department.

Follow Tyler Oberly on Twitter @tyleroberly


Gene Lloyd, Instructional Designer and Technologist, St. Petersburg College, and Co-founder of the Starfish STEM Academy

Gene has been involved with educational technology since 1982. He helped create one of the first educational technology programs for K-12 schools in 1995. He received his Master’s degree in educational technology from the University of Dayton and doctoral work at Nova Southeastern University in Miami, Florida. He is currently an Instructional Designer and Technologist at St. Petersburg College and co-founder of the Starfish STEM Academy located in Florida.



Dr. Justin Aglio, Director of Academic Achievement and District Innovation, Montour School District
GENERAL SESSION: Thursday, February 14 – 9:00 a.m.

Designing The Future That We Envision Through Artificial Intelligence 

Artificial Intelligence has quickly and quietly embedded itself into our everyday life - security, education, social media, politics, agriculture, and more.  The future of work, and maybe humanity, will no doubt be impacted by AI. Students are sitting in classrooms across the nation with optimism and a sense of fearlessness through a natural spirit of creativity ready to create a brighter and more inclusive world; as such, our way of thinking must evolve and change.  Dr. Justin Aglio will share examples that emphasize how one school has moved beyond change to empower students and teachers to be designers of the future through AI.  He will help imagine how human curiosity and creativity combined with artificial intelligence will transform the future.  

Meet Dr. Justin Aglio

Dr. Justin Aglio, a former teacher, and award-winning principal, is the Director of Academic Achievement and District Innovation at Montour School District. Justin has a passion for doing what is best for student success and has dedicated his career to empower educators and students with skills and resources they need to thrive in the 21st century. He is a Future Ready Schools Thought Leader and was selected as a participant in the Presidential Maker Roundtable discussion at the White House.

Additionally, he serves as a Visiting LearnLab Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University's Human-Computer Interaction Institute in the School of Computer Science, a Getting Smart Columnists, and an Adjunct STEM Professor at California University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Aglio and his thoughts on STEM, artificial intelligence, and innovation have been featured in such publications as THE Journal, ISTE, Forbes, EdSurge, Education Week, Getting Smart, eSchoolNews, and more. Justin has been a keynote speaker and presented at a variety of conferences across the country including Schools That Can National Forum, ASCD, ISTE, Tech & Learning Summit, Mid-Atlantic Mass Customization Summit, and International Literacy Association Conference. 

Feel free to connect with Justin Aglio on Twitter @JustinAglio #OETC19.


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.

#OETC19 is right around the corner!

Which means, the #OETC19 Hotel Block is closed. If you would like to reserve a room for the upcoming conference, please contact the hotels directly.


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 for the OETC 2019 hotel block and are exclusive of applicable state and local taxes, which are currently 17.50%. Rates available through January 13, 2019. Please contact the hotels directly to discuss current rates.




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 

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Area Visitor Information

Thank you to all of the #OETC19 Volunteers!

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 registration.

If you would like to sign up on our Volunteer Waitlist, please contact Lauren McDaniel, OETC Volunteer Coordinator, at or email

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. All volunteer jobs require standing for long periods of time and lifting (10 lbs. or more).

Volunteer Position Descriptions


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.

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 online session reviewer application is now closed! Volunteers must be available to review sessions from October 8-19, 2018. If you are accepted as a session reviewer and cannot meet this schedule deadline, please contact Val Shaw at



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 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 eligibile 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 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.


#OETC19 Schedule

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
  • Breakout Sessions 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Extended Sessions 8:00 am - 10:00 am
  • General Session 10:30 am - Noon
  • Deep Dive Sessions 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Exhibit Hall 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
  • Breakout Sessions 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
  • General Session 9:00 am – 10:30 am
  • Extended Sessions 11:00 am - 4:15 pm
  • Exhibit Hall 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Thursday, February 14, 2019
  • Breakout Sessions 8:00 am – 3:15 pm
  • General Session 9:00 am – 10:30 am
  • Extended Sessions 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Exhibit Hall 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

2019 Conference Rates

  Register By
Nov. 15, 2018
Register By
Jan. 31, 2019
Register After
Jan. 31, 2019
Full Conference Pass Closed $260 $310 $120
Two-Day Pass Closed $210 $260 $80
 Single-Day Pass Closed $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.