The goal of education technology is to improve the way in which learning happens. As such, edtech is constantly changing to keep up with rapidly developing technology. So what’s the best way to ensure you are well informed and up to date on all the latest innovations in edtech? Attend the biggest and best edtech conferences, of course! Here are our recommendations for the top 10 edtech conferences in 2020.
January 14–17, Miami, FL
The Future of Education Technology Conference (FetC) will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2020, so head to the shores of Miami Beach to soak up some sun and valuable education technology solutions. Network with a community of thousands of educators who share common challenges and have the opportunity to present unique solutions. FetC seeks to maximize the potential of education technology by providing attendees with more than 600 sessions, workshops, and diverse learning opportunities.
TCEA Convention & Exposition
February 3–7, Austin, TX
TCEA strives to be a convention for all educators by offering a wide range of content. The conference features tools that engage students, enhance curriculum, and increase productivity. In addition to a large show floor, small-group networking opportunities will be available, so this event is for any educator committed to improving student outcomes.
AASA’s National Conference on Education
February 13–15, San Diego, CA
The 2020 AASA’s National Conference on Education takes place in beautiful San Diego, and provides opportunities for superintendents to meet face-to-face with other superintendents from all 50 states. Pre-conference workshops, roundtable sessions, educational sessions, and learning emporiums can all be found at the event. School of the Future is a unique feature at AASA, and offers exhibitors the ability to showcase new and innovative products designed to help students reach their potential and surpass goals.
SXSW EDU Conference & Festival
March 9–12, Austin, TX
The SXSW EDU Conference & Festival strives to positively impact the future of teaching and learning by creating a community where forward-thinkers can connect and collaborate by focusing on creative ways educators can utilize edtech in the classroom. While this conference hosts sessions and workshops like most conferences, it also offers a few unique elements. Film screenings, Q&As, competitions, bookstore and book signings, and a mentorship program are a few ways SXSW EDU sets itself apart from other education technology conferences.
March 11–13, Grand Rapids, MI
The Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) will host more than 5,000 educators, making it one of the largest educational technology conferences in the Midwest. MACUL will offer the opportunity to learn from national and international keynote speakers and featured presenters. Attendees will also have the chance to interact with the newest technology innovations during sessions, and an extensive exhibit area will be offered to give attendees the opportunity to explore and have some fun.
March 13–16, Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles will be the home of ASCD Empower20. With more than 300 sessions, this national conference offers something for all educators. With a plethora of highly qualified presenters at the head of each session, this conference promises to deliver the professional development attendees seek. ASCD Empower is known for the extensive topics it covers, and this year is sure to be an impactful event for all who attend.
Spring CUE Conference
March 19–21, Palm Springs, CA
CUE strives to create unique experiences for attendees by offering more than sessions and workshops. Steampunk and augmented reality/virtual reality playgrounds will be featured at the conference so attendees can explore and celebrate the innovative strides technology is making. Other events include a Sketch Note Garden, a sticker swap, and a Meet the Authors event. With a lineup like that, it’s no surprise why CUE is one of the largest education innovation events west of the Rockies.
Blended and Personalized Learning Conference
April 2–4, Providence, RI
This year’s theme for the Blended and Personalized Learning Conference (BPLC) is Personalization 2020 and will place the focus on empowering students. Rather than centering solely on new technology, this conference will concentrate on how the engagement with and success resulting from using that technology can impact school communities. Personalization 2020 seeks to challenge the way in which users view blended instruction and technology in the classroom.
June 28–July 1, Anaheim, CA
The goal of ISTE is to accelerate the use of technology to solve tough problems and inspire innovation in education. With more than 16,000 edtech leaders set to attend ISTE 2020, this event is easily one of the largest edtech conferences in the world. Attendees will travel from all over the globe to meet in Anaheim at the end of June for three days of networking, discovering, and learning. On average, ISTE attendees will spend around six hours just exploring the expo hall. This conference is one that participants can’t get enough of.
Aurora Institute Symposium 2020 (formerly iNACOL)
October 25–28, San Antonio, TX
The Aurora Institute (formerly iNACOL) Symposium heads to historic San Antonio, TX in 2020. Join experts, educators, researchers, and more at this leading event in shaping the future of K–12 education. Network with a community that shares the Aurora Institute’s goal of promoting better policies and practices to advance powerful, personalized, and learner-centered experiences. Ensuring high-quality learning for all is at the heart of the Aurora Institute, and this year’s symposium will present attendees with tools to work toward this goal.
Technology has become such a large part of our daily lives that it is almost impossible to not include it in how learning and teaching happen today. Edtech empowers teachers to customize their own specific teaching plans, while giving students the opportunity to excel by putting them in the driver seat for their own learning. There is no better time to get on board with education technology than now and no better way to get better informed than by attending one of the top 10 edtech conferences in 2020.