Tech conference draws 4,000 educators
More than 4,000 tech-minded educators are coming to Grand Rapids next week.
The 38th annual Conference for Educational Technology — which is the largest educational technology conference in Michigan and one of the largest in the nation — will take place March 12-14 at DeVos Place.
The conference is presented by the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning. The Lansing-based association, founded in 1975, has more than 12,000 members and is "dedicated to bringing educators from all levels together."
Conference guests are expected to occupy more than 1,500 contract rooms during their stay, which would result in sales of more than $1.5 million, according to Experience Grand Rapids. The number could increase after the event.
The event will feature national leaders and classroom teachers presenting more than 150 sessions on best practices and trends in educational technology.
Nearly 150 companies will exhibit at more than 200 booths, displaying the latest education technology hardware, software and services and highlighting how technology can enhance teaching and learning.
The event will also feature various keynote speakers: Adam Bellow, founder of eduClipper and EduTeacher; George Couros, division principal, Innovative Teaching Learning and Leadership, Parkland School Division, Canada; and Rushton Hurley, executive director, Next Vista for Learning.
The Student Technology Showcase, highlighting the projects of K-12 students from across the state, will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 13, at the Grand Gallery of DeVos Place. It is open to the public at no cost.
Robofest, sponsored by the association and Lawrence Technological University, will be held on from noon to 5 p.m., March 12. It is also open to the public at no cost.
The event’s exhibits are open to the public with a $20 admission charge at the door.