Educators from across the country will convene at the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC), January 12 – 15, 2016, at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla. to engage with Girls Who Code Founder and CEO Reshma Saujani.
The former Deputy Public Advocate of New York City, will be the opening keynote speaker at the 36th annual conference.
“As one of the largest national education technology conferences in the U.S., it is FETC’s job to educate school leaders on emerging ed-tech trends, including STEM and coding, and how to teach these topics to all types of students,” said Mike Eason, FETC General Manager, LRP Conferences. “We are looking forward to the impact Reshma will have on our attendees and how attendees will positively influence students nationwide.”
According to Girls Who Code, women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but hold just 25 percent of the jobs in technical or computing fields. Saujani’s organization works to educate, inspire and equip young women with the skills and resources to pursue academic and career opportunities in computing fields. Advocating for a new model of female leadership focused on risk-taking, competition and mentorship, Saujani is also the author of a book entitled, Women Who Don’t Wait in Line.
As the Fund for Public Advocacy Executive Director, Saujani brought together public and private sectors to encourage entrepreneurship and civic engagement across New York City. In 2010, Saujani became the first South Asian woman to run for Congress, promoting policies to spur innovation and job creation.
“Reshma has been influential in closing the gender gap in STEM and coding and empowering girls to pursue careers in technology and engineering,” said Eason. “We are confident she will inspire the thousands of educators and tech leaders attending FETC 2016.”
Besides STEM and coding, FETC will spotlight the latest trends that are expected to saturate classrooms nationwide, including game-based learning; flipped learning; 3D printing; maker education; and mobile, online and blended learning.
FETC 2016 will feature more than 500 expert-led sessions and workshops and over 400 exhibitors designed to provide pre-K – 12 educators and administrators with an unparalleled opportunity to explore different technologies while increasing their familiarity with the latest devices, hardware, software and successful strategies for student technology integration.
To register for FETC 2016 and get information on sessions, presenters, exhibitors, workshops and registration, please visit www.fetc.org. Join the conversation by following the conference on Twitter (@FETC) and using and searching the hashtag (#FETC).