Jenny Trainor, Events & Exhibitions Manager

Are you attending these key events? Upcoming Education Conferences in 2016

2016 is off to a busy start with many students around the world back to school and lots of interesting education conferences taking place in the next few months.

At Texthelp, we’re gearing up for three big national conferences in January and February. We thought it would be good to share information on these events (and a few others), in case you are planning to attend or considering attending with us!

FETC 2016

We’re kicking off our 2016 event calendar with the Florida Educational Technology Conference, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, on January 12-15. This is our first year exhibiting at this popular future of EdTech conference. The event looks at the integration of technology across the curriculum. 

We are excited about meeting the 9,000 K-12 education technologists in attendance. In addition, we’re delivering a Learning Lab speaker slot on Thursday, January 14. Be sure to catch our very own Jason Carroll, Global Product Manager, who will be giving this session on ‘Cloud Based Supports for Struggling Learners’ in Theatre #1 at 3:00-3:40pm. If you can’t make Jason’s session, be sure to stop by our booth (number 856) to chat to the Texthelpers and see our literacy products in action!

Bett 2016

Next up is the Bett show in the London ExCeL, January 20-23, 2016. Bett is an annual innovative learning technology event which gives educators the opportunity to check out the latest education technology and hear from industry experts from around the world. We’ve been exhibiting at Bett for many years and with over 35,000 people attending each year it’s one of the world’s largest education shows. 

This year Texthelp will be exhibiting at booth C141. We are also delivering a ‘Learn Live’ speaker session on ‘Supporting students with GAFE in the classroom’, alongside Emma Fish from Google, on Thursday January 21 at 12:45, in the Secondary Theatre. 

Read more about what we are up to at Bett here:

ATIA 2016

While Bett and FETC are some of the premier EdTech conferences to check out, there are also many specialised conferences to consider as well. The Assistive Technology Industry Association’s (ATIA) annual conference in Orlando kicks off at the start of February (the 3rd - 6th) and is a must see show for AT specialists and others working with diverse learners. 

Jason Carroll, Global Product Manager, will be participating in at least three sessions including, “Make Content Accessible with Read&Write for Google”, “Up, Up and Away...Assistive Technology Supports in the Cloud”, and “Google Apps in the Inclusive Classroom: An Evidence-Based Approach”. Learn more about the sessions offered at this year’s conference.

Be sure to stop by our booth (number 201) or attend one of our sessions to learn more. 

Google Summits

If your school is using Google Apps for Education (GAFE) I also highly recommend attending an EdTechTeam Summit featuring Google for Education. ‘Google Summits’ are typically weekend long events run throughout the year, that take place at schools already successfully implementing GAFE. There are over 100 Google Summits scheduled for 2016 and new dates/locations are always being added. We’re a platinum sponsor of these events and try to exhibit at as many as possible through the year (so hopefully we’ll get to meet you at some of these). You can learn more about Google Summits and find one near you at

We’re attending lots of other national events throughout the year, including:
Although not an extensive list, hopefully this gives you a few ideas of what events are coming up and where you can go to gain some new knowledge and skills for 2016. We hope to see you at one of these show, but if you’re not able to attend in-person you can always follow @Texthelp on Twitter and the relevant event hashtags to keep up to date with what’s happening.

What shows are you going to in 2016? If there is an event not listed here that you think we should be at, please comment below or email:


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