21 Interesting Conferences Educators Should Check Out

Periodically, we take a look at some interesting education conferences that are happening around the globe and compile a list so that you guys don’t have to sort through tons (and tons, and tons) of information to find out what might be of use to you as you build your killer PLN and pad your professional development arsenal.

While many of the conferences we’ve mentioned before happen every year, there are always new and interesting things popping up that reflect current trends in education.

Take a gander at the list below and see what might be of interest to you. A handful of the conferences have already happened this year but are interesting enough that we decided to include them so that you would be able to check them out for next year. Any favorites that we’ve missed? Weigh in by leaving a comment below, mentioning @Edudemic on Twitter or leaving your thoughts on our Facebook page.


Leading Future Learning

Mar 6, 2014

As technology and globalization transform our civic and economic spheres, educators must confront the challenge of preparing students for an ever more complex and cognitively demanding world. This Spring, MassCUE and EdTechTeacher will bring together classroom educators, principals, superintendents, tech directors, curriculum designers, instructional media specialists, library-media specialists, researchers, and other education leaders for a two-day event to address these exciting and critical topics that will shape our classrooms of the future. Participants will leave the event with greater understanding of recent and emerging technologies and how they will impact education, deep insights into thoughtful technology integration, and the foundation for an effective action plan that leads change in our schools.


Mar 7, 2014

SXSW brings together entrepreneurs, creatives, innovators, and influencers for a sneak peek into the future of technology and digital creativity. You’ll get to rub shoulders with some of the best minds of the startup world and learn about the newest websites, games, and startups—all while having a great time in the hippest city in Texas.

International Education Conference

Mar 10, 2014

The mission of the Conference is to guide the provision of education for all across all levels (primary, secondary and higher education) so that they are able to pursue knowledge and skills, manifest excellence in performance, defend democratic ideals irrespective of gender, religion, caste, creed, economic status or any other discriminatory characteristic.

What’s Working For Young People 2014

Mar 26, 2014

This one is a significant international conference that will bring together some of the world’s leading experts in the field of adolescence.  The Conference will explore the most effective and innovative ways of working with young people from policy, practice and research perspectives and with regard to prevention and early intervention.  This conference matters, because young people matter and it’s time that we, as a global society, turn up the impact volume for our teenagers.

TechCrunch Disrupt NYC

May 5-7
TechCrunch Disrupt NYC is often named the hottest tech conference of the year. Kicking off with a hackathon, Disrupt also features pitches from up-and-coming startups, rock star tech speakers, and a series of panels to get you inspired for the future of tech.

Annual International Conference on Education

May 19, 2014

The  of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) organizes its 16th Annual International Conference on Education, 19-22 May 2014, Athens, Greece. For the programs of previous conferences, book publications based on the conference papers and other information, please visit the conference website.

The Teaching Professor Conference

May 30, 2014

For those who are passionate about the art and science of teaching, The Teaching Professor Conference, now in its eleventh year, is a three-day conference dedicated to excellence in pedagogy. This conference does not focus on a specific discipline. Instead it is a gathering of teachers who are excited about teaching. The content is hands-on, practical, and applicable, so that you can implement what you learn right away.


June 9-10

Looking to connect with some of the biggest names in tech in the European market—and from around the world? LeWeb is an international conference for aspiring entrepreneurs, startups, and media leaders, making this conference the perfect venue for getting inspired, building relationships, and attracting media attention.

International Conference on Education and Information Management

Jun 21, 2014

This conference aims to provide a platform to scholars, academicians, practitioners, and business managers to share their valuable knowledge and experience with each other. Objective of the conference is to bring people from the academia and business world closer so that they can share the latest developments in the fields of education, information management, computing, business, economics, development studies, and technology.

Sloan Consortium Blended Learning Conference and Workshop

Jul 8, 2014

The conference is organized into two days, with the first day starting with an array of interactive workshops, followed by an afternoon of information sessions, vendor showcases, and poster sessions, and highlighted by our keynote presentation on analytics for student success. The final day of the conference will include an expert plenary presentation followed by information sessions and finish up with a half day of “Unconference” sessions that feature more informal open-ended, participant-driven discussion and networking around important blended learning issues. 

Building Learning Communities Education Conference

July 13, 2014

This education conference, held annually in downtown Boston, Massachusetts, brings together a diverse, global ensemble of keynote speakers, presenters and attendees to forge new relationships and strengthen existing ties for more meaningful teaching and learning enhanced by technology.

Serious Play Conference

July 21 – 24, 2014

This conference is geared towards university faculty, school administrators and teachers working to improve student engagement though games-based learning. Conference highlights will include teachers already using games as well as game developers, publishers, consultants, analysts and faculty talking about their experiences with games in the classroom, games for home use and teaching students to design their own games.

International Conference on Critical Thinking and Education Reform

Jul 26, 2014

The world’s longest-running conference on critical thinking.

EdTechTeacher Learning Futures Summit

Jul 28, 2014

The EdTechTeacher Learning Futures Summit will bring together educators from around the world for three days of workshops and conference sessions dedicated to exploring the future of learning. We’ll host learning sessions, in five different strands, that can open doors to these new futures: Redefined learning with iPads, Androids, & Tablets; Student Creativity with Laptops, Chromebooks, and BYOD; Collaboration via Google and the Cloud; Maker spaces and other Agile Learning Spaces; Flipping as a Bridge to Mastery-Based and Project-Based Learning.   Behind all of these specific approaches resides a larger vision: that while new technologies can support powerful learning experience, it is only within the context of ambitious efforts to re-imagine schools as places where students own their learning rather than merely sitting passively on the receiving end of it.

eLearning Innovations Conference

Jul 28, 2014

This conference takes place in Nairobi, Kenya and is dedicated to ICT innovators, leaders, and educators seeking to enrich learning experiences using diverse technologies. Practitioners and scholars with an interest in eLearning and enriching how individuals and organizations learn, across all platforms and sectors are welcome.


Sep 18, 2014

This conference aims to discuss about many of different troubles in modern education such as Education systems and policies; Education, development and Society; School administration and Curriculum development; Inclusive education; Learning strategies.

International Conference in Transnational Education and Learning

Sep 29, 2014

The International Conference on Transnational Education and Learning (ICTEL) offers an engaging opportunity for the discussion and presentation of trends, opportunities and challenges in transnational education and learning.

World Business Forum

October 7-8

Come hear an amazing group of inspirational speakers—including the likes of Malcolm Gladwell, Dan Gilbert, and Simon Sinek—who are paving their own way and challenging traditions in business. You’ll be inspired by fresh ideas, start rethinking the status quo, and leave ready to tackle your own business challenges in creative and innovative ways.

Miami Device – Mobile Learning Event (MIAMIDEVICE)

Nov 06, 2014

Miami Device is about learning. Its goal is for more students to be authentically engaged as a result of passionate, well-trained educators who want to be masters of their craft. These teachers are willing to explore and embrace best practices for today and tomorrow and understand the importance of student-centered learning. Project/Problem/Challenge Based Learning, 21st Century Skills, Common Core Standards, Classroom Flipping, and Game Based Learning, with the support of Mobile Devices, is the “curriculum” of  Miami Device.

Teaching & Learning with the iPad Conference

Nov 20, 2014

Teaching & Learning with the iPad began three years ago to provide teachers, administrators, schools and school districts guidance as they implemented the use of iPads in the classroom.  The conference has grown in attendance and breadth of content covered including keynotes, concurrent sessions and, new this year, extended workshop options.  Attendees will come away with valuable information to enhance their own skills with the iPad as well as new resources to facilitate use of the device in the learning environment.Many of the topics, tips, and techniques covered at the conference can be leveraged by educators at any grade level, from K through 16+.

What’s Working For Young People 2014

Mar 26, 2014

What’s Working for Young People is a significant international conference that will bring together some of the world’s leading experts in the field of adolescence.  The Conference will explore the most effective and innovative ways of working with young people from policy, practice and research perspectives and with regard to prevention and early intervention.

This one is a significant international conference that will bring together some of the world’s leading experts in the field of adolescence.  The Conference will explore the most effective and innovative ways of working with young people from policy, practice and research perspectives and with regard to prevention and early intervention.  This conference matters, because young people matter and it’s time that we, as a global society, turn up the impact volume for our teenagers.


  1. Michael Reichert

    June 4, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Don’t forget the 2nd Annual SEA iPad Institute, held at Saint Edmond’s Academy in Wilmington, DE (June 18th!)

    Learn more at http://sealancers.wordpress.com/2nd-annual-sea-ipad-institute/

  2. Eric Sheninger

    June 4, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    The 5th Annual Edscape Conference
    Saturday October 18, 2014
    New Milford HS (New Milford, NJ)

  3. Clint Hamada

    June 5, 2014 at 7:43 am

    Or Learning 2.0 Asia in Bangkok, Thailand Oct 2 – 4

    There is also Learning 2.0 Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia September 18 – 20.

  4. Tom Vodak

    June 5, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Also don’t forget the 2nd annual Teaching Professor Technology Conference which examines the technologies that are changing the way higher education teachers teach and students learn while giving special emphasis to the pedagogically effective ways you can harness these new technologies in your courses and on your campus. October 10-12, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.

  5. Joeri Cant

    June 9, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Take a look at:

    The 9th IERG International Conference on Imagination and Education.
    2-4 July, 2014 in downtown Vancouver, Canada!
    Not to miss – http://www.ierg.net

  6. Katrina

    August 27, 2014 at 3:54 am

    ISTE2015 The world’s premier ed tech conference and expo — ISTE 2015! The annual event will take place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 28 through July 1, 2015. https://www.isteconference.org/2015/

    Future Schools. What will the School of the Future actually look like? Eighty expert speakers and five conferences. March 2015. Sydney, Australia. http://futureschools.com.au