#OETC20 Ohio Ed Tech Playgrounds: 


Early Childhood STEAM

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
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Learn how to incorporate STEAM learning into a busy early childhood classroom. STEAM learning in early childhood improves executive function which benefits learning across all disciplines. Come explore ways teachers are blending STEAM learning across the curriculum in early childhood.

Ohio New Tech Standards

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
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In 2017, the State of Ohio introduced new technology standards for K-12. Many teachers are probably already fulfilling a number of Ohio's new Learning Standards for Technology, although they may not be aware of the fact. With practical insights from creative educators successfully integrating the standards, as well as the state Department of Education, the playgrounds will provide the groundwork for all educators to understand what they are already accomplishing, as well as minor changes that could help students achieve even more. See examples of how schools are integrating the standards, resources available to districts and several hands-on activities.
Makerspaces Big & Small

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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The maker playground is a space where educators throughout Ohio will share the activities, tools, and curriculum they are using in their school and with students, with OETC attendees. Come and find the inspiration you need to get your school's makerspace off the ground or new ideas to add to your existing program.
Coding for All Ages

Thursday, February 13, 2020
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
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So many apps and tools are available to get kids into coding even at young ages. Join us to explore some of these great tools for encouraging coding for learners of all ages. Try out some of the most popular hands-on, tech-free computer science activities form Code.org, PBS KIDS Scratch Jr., and Common Sense Education.


#OETC20 FREd Talks

A FREd (Finding Real Education) Talk is a five-minute presentation about a topic relevant to the practice of education within the guidelines of the #OETC20 tracks. The talk should be to the point without any non-critical information. PowerPoint slides are required and should be limited to 15 seconds per slide and a maximum of twenty slides. Slides will auto-advance during the presentation, so timing is imperative for the presenter.

FREd Talk proposals will be peer-reviewed and presenters will be notified of their proposal status beginning the first week of January. A limited number of FREd Talks will be scheduled during the featured session each day of the conference. The remaining accepted FREd Talks will be presented during a one-hour FREd Talk session.

#OETC20 FREd Talk Jr.

A FREd Talk Jr. is a smaller scale version of a FREd Talk designed for students in grades 7-12. FREd Talk Jr. presentations are 3-5 minutes in length and topics should fall within the guidelines of the #OETC20 tracksPresentation slides are required and are limited to 15 seconds per slide and a minimum of 12 slides to a maximum of 20 slides. Slides will auto-advance during the presentation.

Accepted FREd Talk Jr. presenters will be assigned a FREd Talk mentor that will help student presenters prepare for #OETC20 throughout the month of January.

A limited number of FREd Talk Jr. presentations will be scheduled during the featured session each day of the conference. The remaining accepted FREd Talk Jr. presentations will be presented during the one-hour FREd Talk session.


Student presenters are not permitted to submit their own proposal for the FREd Talk Jr. session. Submissions must be entered by the student presenter’s parent/legal guardian or educator/district personnel.

It is the responsibility of the submitting parent/guardian/educator/district personnel to ensure that any and all required permissions and authorizations relating to the proposal submission on behalf of the student, communications with the student, travel considerations, as well as attendance at the event are obtained prior to submitting a proposal.

The contact information requested during the submission process should be completed using the contact details of the submitting parent/guardian/educator/district personnel. The student presenter’s name and district should be entered in the presenter information section of the portal.


Share your knowledge. Build your Portfolio. Present at #OETC20.

Every year, the Ohio Educational Technology Conference brings together more than 4,000 attendees from Ohio and surrounding states to teach them about the current and upcoming trends in education technology. Offering 1-hour, 2-hour, and 3-hour educational sessions, assistive technology labs, panel and round-table discussions, and some of the best featured speakers in the industry, OETC provides high-quality professional development for attendees of every skill level.


Presenting at #OETC20 will allow you to:

  • Gain exposure and showcase the innovative educational practices at your district or institution.
  • Showcase an emerging technology and demonstrate its potential value for education.
  • Share successful technology implementation practices with other districts and institutions for the betterment of education in Ohio.
  • Demonstrate effective educational practices that are bridging the gap between PK-12 and higher education.
  • Share successful classroom practices, innovative teaching and learning solutions, current and relevant research, and/or new or innovative products that show emerging promise for PK–20 educational communities, and/or address the evolving role of technology in education.
  • Make OETC the must-attend educational technology event in Ohio.


#OETC20 Conference Theme: Focusing Our I’s 

From current trends to emerging technologies, BYOD and blended learning to artificial intelligence and virtual reality, the Ohio Educational Technology Conference has spent the last 22 years informing Ohio’s educators of the ever-changing world of educational technology. But with so many options, apps and open resources, and diversity in learning models, technology in education has become an increasingly complex learning tool. OETC is taking some time to focus on educators fully understanding educational technology. From policy and planning to implementation and integration, #OETC20 seeks to provide a comprehensive and in-depth look at each step of the process by bringing educational technology In Focus. 
Focusing Our I’s is about enhancing the overall learning experience using educational technology. It is about maximizing efficiencies of the technologies that are currently in place and streamlining integration of these technologies into the classroom. And it is about inspiring educators to reach out of their comfort zones to bring new technologies to the students.


If you have any questions, please contact the OETC Team at present@oetc.ohio.gov


#OETC20 Session Tracks

Session proposals should be submitted under one of the following session tracks. Session Tracks, along with additional information collected during the submission process, are used by OETC to organize the sessions into a cohesive program that can be searched by attendees to find sessions that interest them, apply to their role in the organization, and therefore, fill a specific educational or professional development need.

  • Focusing Our I’s: Ingenuity and Impact – This track focuses on educational policy, leadership, and planning, in regards to the use of technology as a strategic tool for organizational improvement and transformation, including state/federal technology grants, data-driven decision making, educator evaluation tools, how to make purchasing and budgeting decisions, facilities management, and implications of state and national standards. Sessions may also cover strategies for funding of technology projects, including state and federal programs, and other aspects of planning and cost-effective management of technology, as well as security, risk management, and privacy from a leadership perspective.
  • Focusing Our I’s: Infrastructure and Integrity – This track focuses on technology infrastructure and the overall management of information systems that support all learning environments. Session topics may include implementation of 1-to-1 computing, wireless environments and the roll-out of mobile devices as well as network security and security breaches, penetration testing and privacy issues, solutions to bandwidth issues, and compliance with local, state, and national security regulations and directives. Topics could also include technology solutions or technology’s impact on; school security, campus safety, digital threats and prevention including but not limited: online threats, cyber bullying and security within social networking.
  • Focusing Our I’s: Implementation and Integration – This track shares insights into practical strategies used by educators and faculty to fully explore the current uses of technology in the learning environment, including information on effectively integrating technology into the curriculum, managing use of technology in their classrooms, and assess the impact of the technology upon student achievement. Sessions may address how educators and students are using various technologies as well as the online and hybrid learning environments to promote high academic performance. Topics may include virtual learning, hybrid coursework, acceleration programs, and online solutions for credit. These sessions could cover a diverse spectrum of learning environments.
  • Focusing Our I’s: Inspiration to Innovation – This track focuses on incorporating cutting-edge technologies, new digital tools, and technological resources to enhance the education and the learning environment to solve educational issues. These sessions represent the most innovative thinking in the application of technology and technology strategy in education and are highly regarded models of technology adoption in the education technology community.
  • Focusing Our I’s: Inclusion and Involvement - This track focuses on resources that are available to ensure that EVERY student has access to technology tools, information, and digital media to support the information sharing and the learning process.
  • Assistive Technology Solutions - These sessions focus on all aspects of technology use in the learning environment, including the use of devices or services that make life easier and improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities; and computer access, alternative and augmentative communication (AAC), and adapted curriculum solutions.
  • eLearning and Distance Learning - These sessions focus on methods of teaching and learning in which the online delivery of content is facilitated by various technologies including video, voice, audio, online collaboration tools, and correspondence over the Internet. There are many technologies that can offer a great deal of flexibility as to when, where, and how education is distributed. Sessions feature ways to improve interactive communication, assessment, feedback, support, and content delivery, whether it is in a synchronous or asynchronous learning environment.
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL) - Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach to designing flexible curriculum, instruction, and materials that are accessible to all students. These sessions showcase the principles of UDL and present information on a framework to reduce barriers and maximize learning opportunities for all students. The goals of UDL are to remove barriers to learning, support improved access to information and to learning itself, and provide multiple, flexible approaches to learning that will result in success for learners.
  • OER, Digital Content Creation, Curation, and Access - These sessions focus on addressing relevant issues around the creation, curation, and access to digital content and electronic resources. Sessions could address strategies to manage online resources, including which systems and tools are most effective, the challenges that new electronic formats are posing, how to rearrange our workflows to find solutions to e-resources problems, how to achieve more through thoughtful licensing, and how standards and best practices can assist our efforts.
  • Focusing Our I’s: Interaction and Interchange - This track focuses on collaboration and the overall impact of networking. This will include sessions on increasing one’s PLN for professional development and learning, as well as digital citizenship and the imprint that each person leaves in a digital environment. Sessions should discuss the impact of teaching positive digital citizenship to students.
  • Focusing Our I’s: Initiatives of the State of Ohio - This track focuses on state initiatives and the successful use of technology in their implementation. Sessions from this track will be provided by the State of Ohio and OETC partners. OETC is anticipating offering sessions on state initiatives including, but not limited to, the following:
  • #FutureReadyOH
  • Ohio’s Learning Standards for Technology
  • State Testing and Assessments
  • College Credit Plus
  • Choose Ohio First
  • Workforce Alignment
  • Ohio Transfer to Degree Guarantee
  • Aspire