Virtual School Meanderings

January 25, 2021

Reminder: FETC is available for 30 days post event

Another FETC item…


 FETC® is available until Feb. 28!

That’s right. You can access any sessions you miss next week for a full 30 days after the live virtual event ends – so you don’t have to miss a single opportunity to learn from dynamic keynoters and top experts covering all aspects of ed tech.

If you know any colleagues not registered to attend yet, forward them this email to give them easy access to the registration portal.


Access Registration Portal Here Use Source Code: FETCVAH3 

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January 23, 2021

Download White Papers from the top K-12 Product and Solution Providers

Another item from the folks at FETC.

Find research-based solutions for your district from the top exhibitors at FETC.

Click on the white paper title below to download and engage with exhibitors at their virtual booth within the platform.  Visit to get started!



Manage Any Device From Any Location with FileWave’s Unified Platform

FileWave provides schools with multi-platform device management software, to fully manage the lifecycle process of imaging, deployment, management, security, tracking, and maintenance. FileWave is all-inclusive and solves managing a growing population of devices, by ensuring organizations have the complete solution that supports all (MacOS, iOS, Windows, Chrome OS, and Android).

Lumens VC-A52S Full HD PTZ Camera Supports Classroom Learning at Baylor University in Waco, Texas

Lumens offers several classroom solutions. We offer document cameras, PTZ cameras and a lecture capture system. Lumens supports K-12 and higher-ed. In the case with Baylor University, Lumens supported the education institution with the VC-A52S Full HD PTZ camera. The cameras were placed in the classrooms at the university.


Hybrid Classroom Solutions with Connection Public Sector Solutions and ViewSonic

Whether you’re in the classroom, teaching from home, or reaching students using a combination of both—ViewSonic delivers a number of hybrid learning options that allow you to teach from anywhere.

5 Best Practices for Blended Learning

In this whitepaper, Sean R. Coffron, Ph.D. and Instructional Technology Training Specialist at Manassas City Public Schools, dives into how to develop an effective blended program that can drive student achievement. His review of the published literature reveals five clear best practices for a successful blended learning environment.



Howard Technology Solutions – For All Your Technology Needs

Howard Technology Solutions, along with our own brand of computer hardware, is the re-seller of a wide array of innovative educational technology. From the learning tools for your home or classroom to the professional installation to get things running, we are your total solutions provider.

Incident Response and Proactive Services from 2020 & 2021 Insights

This report brings together insights and observations of 2020 intrusions to help organizations defend against and recover from these cyber attacks. Understand a clear picture of how adversaries are adapting to today’s realities and view concrete recommendations that you can implement in your organization to improve your cybersecurity readiness.




Did you know that your trusted two-way radio provider can also keep your students and staff connected off-campus? Whether schools are practicing hybrid, modified, or distance learning ensure a reliable internet connection is readily available. Providing academic success for all starts with a strong private LTE network connection.


Trinity3 Technology & FireFly Computers are now Trafera!

Bringing everything that was great about Trinity3 and FireFly together as Trafera; the new #1 provider of Chromebooks and classroom technology in North America, we’ll be able to bring you even better prices, greater product availability, and a wider range of products and services, without sacrificing the fast, personalized service you deserve.



Beacon Educator celebrates 6 million hours of online professional learning!

Beacon Educator delivers asynchronous and highly engaging online professional learning courses for K-12 educators, administrators, and educational personnel. Choose from expertly facilitated courses or self-paced modules. Program areas include ESOL, Reading, Gifted, Autism, Students with Disabilities, Math, Professional Growth, Alternative Certification, Ethics, Diversity, and other contemporary topics.

How to Make the Most Out of Distance Learning

No matter what learning model your school or district is returning to in 2021, educators need to be prepared for the possibility of some form of virtual learning. Download the Kajeet Distance Learning Survival Guide for 11 actionable tips and over 30 helpful resources.


Deepen Comprehension With Digital Tools

Digital literacy is an important component of twenty-first century education, and students are expected to navigate, comprehend and analyze content that is continually created. When practicing comprehending with digital resources, using tools to track and interact with the media is key to students’ mastery of text.

Active Learning: more important than ever

COVID-19 accelerated the shift toward blended learning and put active learning in the spotlight. It is known that active learning engages students. It’s a well-established fact that engaged students learn better. The pandemic has emphasized the need to incorporate active learning into our instruction across a range of learning environments from virtual to hybrid to socially distanced classrooms.


Systematic Phonics & Phonemic Awareness with Scholastic

Scholastic F.I.R.S.T., an adaptive foundational reading program for students in PreK–Grade 2, provides developmentally appropriate and personalized practice in the 44 sounds of the English language. F.I.R.S.T. helps students to hear, identify, and manipulate each sound automatically so their brain energy can focus on reading with understanding and enjoyment.

Transitioning from Classrooms to Distance Learning

The paper approaches the complexities of distance learning from several angles, making it helpful to administrators, teachers, superintendents, and parents alike, including:

  • Web filtering
  • Student safety alerts
  • Device management
  • Remote classroom management

Future of Education Technology Conference | 360 Hiatt Drive | Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418 |  1-800-727-1227

FETC starts in 4 days! Here’s what you need to know

I guess it is actually three days at this point.


We look forward to hosting you and thousands of
your peers next week for the first-ever virtual
Future of Education Technology® Conference!

Below are some details to help you plan and make the best use of your time accessing FETC®. But first, if you haven’t already, add the event dates (Tuesday, January 26 – Friday, January 29) to your calendar.

Browse the agenda now and register for sessions you wish to attend to have them added to your personal agenda and to receive session reminders. Presentations will be made available for on-demand viewing for 30 days post-event, so pick the session in each time slot that piques your interest most and plan to watch the other sessions later at your convenience!
Plan Your Agenda Now

Discover products and services, download useful resources, watch product demos, enter to win exciting raffles, grab swag and more from our extensive list of exhibitors! Bookmark those you’re interested in so you can easily find them later. Request in advance 1:1 video meetings to ensure you have a dedicated time to speak with a product expert guaranteeing all your questions get answered.

Access the Virtual Expo at any time convenient for you!
Product experts will be available in their virtual booths
from 11 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. ET daily.

Browse Exhibitors Now

Add details to your virtual profile to get more relevant recommendations of other like-minded attendees you should connect with. Your profile has been pre-populated with information you provided during registration, but the more data you feed it the better the AI works.

Get Connecting

Take me there now! Use Source Code: FETCVAH4

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EDEN 2021 Annual Conference June – Call Open

Another call for proposals that may be of interest to some readers.

EDEN 2021 Virtual Annual Conference – UNED Madrid

“Gripped or freed by the pandemic? Lessons for the future of education”


EDEN is delighted to announce that in the 30th Anniversary year of the Association the Annual Conference will be hosted by the National Distance Education University UNED in Madrid, Spain, on 22-25 June 2021 and will be held online.

With regard to restrictions due to COVID-19, we have also taken into account the good experiences with the EDEN 2020 Virtual Annual Conference, the EDEN 11th Research Workshop, including two PhD Symposia and our spring ‘Education in time of a pandemic’ webinar series which we resumed in autumn under the title ‘Education in time of a new normal’. Meanwhile, EDEN is prepared to realise the event partly in-person in safe and healthy circumstances.

The gradual transition from traditional classroom-based education to online teaching and learning has been accelerated by the global crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The crisis has forced educators to reappraise their roles, professional practices and beliefs.

EDEN has a long history of supporting educators in online and distance education, providing a forum for discussion, learning, and refinement of best practices in this area. This pandemic has been no exception.

This year’s conference is intended as a continuation of the efforts of EDEN to support educators by providing a space to explore the issues and insights that have emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Not only does this conference provide attendees with the perfect opportunity to explore this range of topics but it also provides us with a space to reflect upon the role that online and distance education will have after the pandemic. As noted in our webinar series #covid19 #onlinetogether Education in a time of a pandemic, fully online education on a global scale is unprecedented in the history of education. Today we are talking about the “new normal” and “future normal”.

What will this future look like? How can EDEN members help to shape it and bring their insights to bear?

Read more on the Conference Call
Main Topics of the Conference
  • Learner-centeredness in education
  • The evolution of online and distance learning (ODL, ODeL, blended, hybrid, hyflex)
  • The transformation of face-to-face teaching, through online, to blended learning
  • Guidance for navigating “the new normal”. How educational institutions will survive and evolve
  • Best practices for transitioning from emergency remote teaching to online learning
  • Digital preparedness, digital literacy, and digital citizenship
  • Diversity and social inclusion in higher education
  • Ongoing developments in the continued adoption of Artificial Intelligence
  • Methodological advances (genius hour, bite-sized learning, social-emotional learning, gamification, experiential learning)
  • Potentiating health and wellness in online education
  • Non-traditional assessment solutions
  • STEM
  • Topics related to the EU Digital Education Action Plan (2021-2027). Resetting education and training for the digital age:
    • Fostering the development of a high-performing digital education ecosystem
    • Enhancing digital skills and competences for the digital transformation
  • Application of micro-credentials and alternative digital credentials in higher education
  • Reflections on the resilience of the education community during the pandemic – well being of teachers and students in online environment
  • Evolution of online: Has online education finally been accepted as equal to face-to-face education?

Contributions are invited which are addressing by own research, project achievements, case studies, theoretic and conceptual work the conference theme and tracks and the creative use of educational technology.

Submissions – taking into account the conference theme and related to at least one of the conference topics – are welcome in the following formats: full paper, poster, workshop, demonstration, synergy session, training session.

Networking and interactivity, sharing and discussion will be core aspects of the conference, focusing on what you can learn from and with your peers.

PhD Symposium 2021
The EDEN 2021 PhD Symposium Madrid will be organized in the frame of the conference. The Symposium, held in previous years in Barcelona (2018), Bruges (2019), Dublin (2019), Timisoara (2020), and Lisbon (2020) has been designed to foster the exchange of experiences and knowledge among doctoral students conducting research in the area of technology enhanced online, digital, open and distance learning, and provides a valuable forum for the advancement of doctoral research. The Symposium is led by a panel of international experts.

More information about the EDEN PhD Symposium is available here.


EDEN 2021 Conference Contact Information:
The 30th EDEN Annual Conference is the initiative of EDEN supported by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union
EDEN – European Distance and E-Learning Network Secretariat
Tel: +36 1 463 1628, 463 2537 Fax: +36 1 463 1858
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Conference Website
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EDEN – European Distance and E-Learning Network Secretariat · Budapest University of Technology and Economics · Egry J. u. 1. · Budapest, Budapest H-1111 · Hungary

K-12 Online Learning Reminder: SITE 2021 Proposals Due Jan. 29th

A reminder of this call for proposals.

SITE - Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education
Dear Michael Barbour,
This is a friendly reminder that proposals for this year’s SITE 2021 conference are due one week from today, on January 29th. You can access the information about the call for proposals and the submission form here:
We would also like to remind you that we are always looking for proposal reviewers. This is a great way to get involved with SITE and learn more about the ongoing research and projects of other SITE members. If you have previously served as a reviewer, please check the SITE reviewer system to make sure you are still listed as a reviewer. There seems to be some names missing from our list.
Thanks as always for all the work you do in the field and your support of SITE and the K-12 Online Learning SIG.
K-12 Online Learning Chairs
Keryn Pratt and Cecil R Short

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