Why Should I Attend An EdTech Conference?

In May, Connect 2014 will be happening. Many countries have one– a huge edtech conference, that is. Connect is Canada’s version of this event. It is a two-day shebang that connects teachers (and administrators, librarians, etc) with the latest and greatest technology resources that support 21st century teaching and learning. You can attend professional development sessions delivered by innovative educators from across Canada and test out the latest technology resources from the world’s leading technology companies and promising start-ups.

The handy infographic below takes a look at 5 things to expect from a great edtech conference. While it specifically relates to the 2014 Connect conference, a couple of the items are food for thought for why you might want to attend any edtech conference, regardless of where you live and work. Keep reading to learn more.

Why Should I Attend An EdTech Conference?

Great Speakers

Sure, you could watch YouTube videos or TED talks, but seeing an inspiring, well known speaker in person can’t be beat.

Connect With Your Peers

Sometimes it is easy to forget that your peers consist of a much larger group of people than just the folks you see in school every day. Take the opportunity to interact with the vibrant edtech community worldwide. You’ll learn from some folks and likely teach a few lessons yourself.

Stay Ahead Of The (Tech) Curve

Lots of companies are paying pretty large sums of money to be at these events, and all they want to do is tell you about the latest and greatest products they have (or have in the works). Go check them out!

Professional Development Ahoy!

Depending on the specific conference, some of the training or seminars  may be able to count towards your ‘official’ PD requirements. Even if this doesn’t end up being the case, you’ll learn a lot and connect with folks who will inspire you to try new things in your teaching.