#OETC21 Collaboration with Creating Learner’s Toby Fischer

OETC is very excited to collaborate with Toby Fischer, creator of Creating Learners, LLC. Over the last 20 years, Toby has participated in OETC in numerous forms: attendee, presenter, facilitator, and is one of the masterminds behind the extremely popular OETCx, also known as the “UN-conference.”

OETC is thrilled to work with Toby on these new opportunities for #OETC21:


#OETC21 Conversation Facilitator Training

OETC is very excited to offer the Conversation Facilitator Training as a professional development opportunity. While intended for presenters and educators, this learning opportunity is available to all individuals that are looking to grow their knowledge of facilitating productive collaborations, networking and discussion groups.

Join other conversation leaders in this valuable learning opportunity. Openings are limited, so sign up now!




#OETC21 Tech Tools in 20

The Ohio Educational Technology Conference is excited to introduce Tech Tools in 20, a new and exciting opportunity for both new and current OETC presenters and OETC attendees, as well as all of those that ever have to present to their peers, supervisors, and leadership.

For Presenters: The Tech Tools in 20 format initially provides interactive training for participants in the preparation of a presentation, and helping to define best practices and teaching in concise methods. Participants will create their own Tech Tools in 20 presentation while receiving coaching and feedback from Creating Learner's Toby Fischer as well as other participants. This opportunity will benefit participants not only in presenting sessions at a conference, but also in the classroom, as well as in meetings with anyone from peers and supervisors to higher level leadership and beyond.

At completion of the training, participants will be present their session created in the training for #OETC21 attendees.

To participate in the Tech Tools in 20 session as a presenter:  https://odhe.eventsair.com/oetc-2021/techtools

The deadline for Tech Tools in 20 submissions is May 2, 2021 at 11:59 pm (EST).

For Session Attendees: Tech Tools in 20 sessions are fun, informative sessions that provide insights into a variety of technology tools, presented by technology users to technology users. Presenters will introduce a tool and show attendees not only how the tool works, but also an insights gained from their experience as a user. This is an opportunity for attendees to learn from their peers everything from best practices and lessons learned to shortcuts and workarounds to step-by-step instruction of the technology tools they use everyday.


#OETC21 FREd Talks

A FREd (Finding Real Education) Talk is a very short, five-minute presentation about a topic relevant to the practice of education within the guidelines of the #OETC21 tracks. The talk should be direct and to the point without any non-critical information. PowerPoint slides are required and will 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.

The deadline for FREd Talk submissions is May 2, 2021 at 11:59 pm (EST).  

Click here to submit your FREd Talk proposal:  https://odhe.eventsair.com/oetc-2021/fredtalks

#OETC21 Unprecedented Times, Unprecedented Education

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 23 years informing Ohio’s educators of the ever-changing world of educational technology. But now, as the world grapples with a pandemic that has brought change to every aspect of life, it is more important than ever to look at how education can adapt and prosper, whether in the classroom or in the home. Unprecedented Times, Unprecedented Education is about what educators do best: rise to the challenges laid before them and deliver.  


#OETC21 Call for Sessions (Now closed)

Thank you for your interest in presenting virtually at #OETC21! As there changes for #OETC21, please review all of the presentation documents below thoroughly prior to submitting your session proposal(s). 


IMPORTANT: OETC expects all #OETC21 participants to comply with all public health and safety protocols and directives in place considering the COVID pandemic. Therefore, for the safety of all OETC accepted virtual presenters, all virtual presenters must present and pre-record from separate devices. 


Additionally, OETC understands the difficulty that educators are facing with reduced budgets, substitute teachers and reduced professional development opportunities. OETC is making every effort to accommodate our virtual presenters and will make after hours and weekend pre-recording times available. Also, if you wish to submit a presentation but are not permitted to attend the conference for the Live Q & A portion, please do not hesitate to go ahead and submit your session. OETC fully expects some sessions to be pre-recorded sessions only.


Before you begin, please review the #OETC21 Comprehensive Guide to Submitting a Session Proposal.


For more information, email present@oetc.ohio.gov.

#OETC21 Schedule at a Glance

February 8, 2021 - February 12, 2021
6:30 a.m. Daily Welcome
7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Live - Keynote or Featured Speaker Session
8:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Conversations (Q & A) with the Keynote or Featured Speaker
8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Networking / Break
9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Concurrent Educational Sessions
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Networking / Break
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Concurrent Educational Sessions
11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch
11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Brown Bag - Facilitated Roundtable Discussion Groups
12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Extended Educational Sessions
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Concurrent Educational Sessions
1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Networking / Break
2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Concurrent Educational Sessions
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Networking / Break
3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Concurrent Educational Sessions
3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Facilitated Roundtable Discussion Groups
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. #OETC21 Exhibit Hall Immersion
Daily Contact Hours: 6 hours                                    Event Contact Hours: 30 hours

*Schedule at a Glance is tentative and is subject to change to best fit with available, quality programming.


#OETC21 Presenter Resources and Information



Share your knowledge. Build your Portfolio. Present at #OETC21.

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 45 minute, and 90 minute educational sessions, 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 #OETC21 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.



New for #OETC21 

As technology is ever changing, so is the Ohio Educational Technology Conference. Click the links below to review the provided resources for submitting a session proposal for #OETC21.


#OETC21 Comprehensive Guide to Submitting a Session Proposal


#OETC21 Theme Unprecedented Times, Unprecedented Education


#OETC21 Presenter Tips & Suggestions


#OETC21 Session Proposal Submission Overview


#OETC21 Session Proposal Review Process 


#OETC21 Session Tracks


#OETC21 Session Formats & Lengths


#OETC21 Scoring Rubric


#OETC21 Presenter Terms & Conditions                   


For more information, email present@oetc.ohio.gov.

#OETC21 Unprecedented Times, Unprecedented Education

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 23 years informing Ohio’s educators of the ever-changing world of educational technology. But now, in these unprecedented times, as the world has been grappling with a pandemic that has swept in and forced change to every aspect of life, it is more important than ever to look at how education can adapt and prosper, whether in the classroom or in the home. Unprecedented Times, Unprecedented Education is about what educators do best: rise to the challenges laid before them and deliver.




#OETC21 Session Tracks


Digital Wellness
Sessions in this track should focus on maintaining a balanced lifestyle in a virtual world. Topics could range from digital citizenship, social media use, and cyberbullying; to screen time, technology addiction, and time management; to physical health in a virtual /hybrid environment; personal learning networks for faculty, educators, and students, and other digital wellness resources and tools. Sessions may address social and emotional learning standards district wide, or with a focus on the educator, the student, family and/or community. Presenters are encouraged to share best practices on how to cope and support each other, along with students and their families during times of significant and continuous change.
Implementation and Integration
Sessions in this track should provide insights into practical strategies used by educators and faculty to fully explore the current uses of technology for education, including information on effectively integrating technology into the curriculum, managing the use of technology in the classroom, whether virtual, hybrid, or in person, and assessing the impact of the technology upon student achievement. Topics could include student engagement and how to garner excitement for learning, overcoming difficulties of virtual/hybrid learning, interactive learning when socially distanced, communicating clearly with students and parents, how to handle “Zoom Fatigue” and other frustrations, and student discipline in a transitional setting – how to handle class disruptors and/or struggling students. Presenters are encouraged to share what worked extremely well in your class, what didn’t work, and how did you overcome and learn from failures to grow as an educator?
On the Cutting Edge
Sessions in this track should focus on introducing cutting-edge technologies, new digital tools, and technological resources being used to enhance education by improving the teaching and learning experience, as well as overcoming common obstacles. These sessions could also introduce new teaching methodologies and techniques including best practices and lessons learned. These sessions seek to represent the most innovative thinking in the adoption and application of technology.
Infrastructure and Ingenuity
Sessions in this track should focus on technology infrastructure and the overall management of information systems and devices that support all learning environments. It also focuses on educational policy, leadership, and planning with regard to the use of technology as a strategic tool for organizational improvement and transformation. Session topics may include applying for state/federal technology grants, data-driven decision making, educator evaluation tools, and purchasing and budgeting. Other topics could include implementation of 1-to-1 computing, wireless environments and the rollout 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. Additional topics could include technology solutions or technology’s impact on school security, campus safety and digital threats and prevention, including but not limited to online threats, software updates and schedules, security within social networking, and security within online meeting software. Presenters are encouraged to share best practices and lessons learned on device management, parental instructions and communications, VPN management, security, and upkeep of devices in various learning environments.
Curriculum Design and Development in Transitioning Learning Environments
Sessions in this track should focus on how to design and develop curriculum with delivery formats in mind to create a seamless transition from a virtual environment to a hybrid environment and ultimately to an in-person environment. Sessions may include innovative ways to integrate online and face-to-face activities. This track could delve into topics such as developing collaborative work and project/problem based models, creating and setting meaningful student activities and goals both in and out of the classroom, and creating structured and scheduled content. Other topics could include the creation of course objectives, course maps, and planning assessments to evaluate content comprehension. Presenters are encouraged to share best practices on transitioning between learning environments.
Equity and Inclusion
Sessions in this track should focus on resources available to ensure that EVERY student has access to technology tools, information, and digital media to support information sharing and the learning process. Topics that should be included are equity in education, especially during virtual/hybrid learning, assistive technology solutions, access to devices and the internet, alternative and augmentative communication (AAC), adapted curriculum solutions, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and Open Educational Resources (OER). Presenters are encouraged to share best practices on digital content creation, access, effective tools and challenges faced in electronic formats.
State of Ohio Initiatives
Sessions in this track should focus 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. Topics could include, but are not limited to, the following: #FutureReadyOH, Ohio’s Learning Standards for Technology, State Testing and Assessments, RAPIDS, College Credit Plus, Choose Ohio First, Workforce Alignment, Ohio Transfer to Degree Guarantee, and the Aspire program.