The Texthelp Team

Texthelp and friends at #FETC 2019

It’s very nearly that time again as the Texthelp world tour brings us ever closer to Florida for FETC 2019! Taking place from January 27 - 30, FETC is packed full of cutting edge tech, as well as future-facing seminars and talks from seasoned educators to CEOs. If you’re heading along and want to learn more about Texthelp, our products, or what to check out during the conference, here’s a guide you can use as a helpful itinerary for your visit!

Visit Booth #1541

We’re bringing a great bunch of Texthelpers along to #FETC19, and you can swing by our booth during the conference to check out our products, get a demo, or even just to say hi - we love to meet new friends!

Once you leave the booth, we have a fun Twitter contest you can participate in! Share at least one thing you learned while at the Texthelp booth or invite at least one friend or colleague to stop by our booth, and you’ll be entered into our contest. Just don’t forget to follow and tag @TexthelpEvents in your Tweet. The winner will receive a signed copy of Kasey Bell’s book, Shake Up Learning: Practical Ideas to Move Learning from Static to Dynamic.

Even more fun with ShakeUpLearning!

In case you need a bit more incentive to visit the Texthelp booth, Kasey Bell from Shake Up Learning will be there too! Kasey will be signing copies of her book, Shake Up Learning: Practical Ideas to Move Learning from Static to Dynamic, at the Texthelp booth on Wednesday, January 30th, at 12pm. We’ll have 50 copies available at the booth on a first come first served basis, in case you don’t have one yet (tsk tsk!) so try to get to the signing early!

Expo Hours 2019 

Monday 28th January, 4.30pm - 6pm (Opening night reception)
Tuesday 29th January, 9.45am - 5pm
Wednesday 30th January, 9.30am - 5pm

Recommended Sessions

Many of our friends, customers, and all-round awesome educators and technologists are hosting talks, seminars, demos, and more. Here’s a handy guide to what we think you should check out during your FETC19 visit.

Sunday 27th January

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM - 10 Innovative Strategies to Build Literacy Skills for Diverse Learners - Room: SOUTH 330A
Karen Janowski (@KarenJan)

Many students struggle with reading and writing. Fortunately, there's a wealth of free, innovative technologies that can remove obstacles to learning, promote independence, and provide alternative ways for students to receive information and demonstrate what they know. Pop along to this innovative workshop and be inspired to immediately implement edtech resources for literacy success! 

10.30AM - 12.30PM - Google Tools to Promote Inclusive Learning & Differentiation - Room: SOUTH 330A
Mike Marotta (@mmatp)

The use of Google tools & Chromebooks continues to explode in education. But how can we use this array of tools to promote a culture of inclusion in our schools? From built-in accessibility features to creative ways to utilize G Suite tools to Chrome extensions — you'll explore it all. Make sure to bring your devices to participate in the learning!

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM - Practices of Indiana's Digital Leaders - Room: SOUTH 330F
Jason Bailey (@INeLearn) & Candice Dodson (@candicedodson)

A successful digital learning initiative requires leadership from superintendents, principals, and teachers alike. Districts across Indiana boast some of the best examples of how great leaders ensure that technology is thoughtfully implemented. Join in to explore and discuss what it takes to lead during this digital revolution

4.00pm - 6.00pm - How to Create a STEM-vironment - Room: SOUTH 220C
Catherine Jones (@catherinepses)

This fast-paced session will engage participants with thinking prompts providing an end product filled with motivating ideas to excite teachers and leaders about embedding STEM lessons throughout the year. 

Monday 28th January

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM - Fantastic Feedback Tools for Google Docs - Room: NORTH 320AB + Corridor
Eric Curts (@ericcurts)

Educators are always looking for better ways to connect with students, especially when providing feedback on their work. In this session, explore four fantastic tools to provide feedback that is more detailed, engaging, and personal. Tools will include Google Doc text comments, voice comments with Read&Write for Google, and much more. For more details, see here.

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM - 25 Ways to Improve Your Inclusive Practices - Room: SOUTH 330A
Chris Bugaj (@attipscast) & Mike Marotta (@mmatp)

Learning need not be a chore for everyone, including those students with IEPs or 504 plans. Join the fun and  explore 25 methods that engage and empower ALL students to take charge of their own learning. From apps to browser extensions to web tools — let's find supports to promote active learning for every student in this BYOD workshop.

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM - Future of Ed Tech Inclusion & Special Education Track Orientation - Room: SOUTH 320A
Mike Marotta (@mmatp), Luis Perez (@eyeonaxs), & Mary Schillinger (@marygolfer1)‏

Learn how technology can support ALL students and enhance your inclusive practices at FETC! Join in this kick-off led by special education and inclusive learning experts to help you navigate FETC's program offerings and meet peers with similar interests. Hear what’s on the horizon for inclusive practices and special education and gain strategies to make the most of your time at FETC.

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Maximize PL by Increasing One-to-One Time using the Flipped Model - Room: Booth 2303
Sam Brooks (@VITALK12) & Lance Key (@lancerkey)

A flipped classroom approach promotes active learning and increases interactions between teachers and students by maximizing face-to-face class time. This will be an interactive session where we will discuss the why, how, and outcomes observed from the flipped classroom. Last, the presenters will guide the participants in a discussion of the best practices to flip their classrooms. There will be path choices in this session, so please bring devices and headphones.

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Close Reading Isn't Just for ELA: Two Digital Resources - Room: Booth 2303
Nancy Biddinger (@BiddingerFL)

Close reading strategies aren’t just for language arts anymore. Any content that has text can enriched with multiple reading with purpose. Join in and experience two digital resources that engage students and bring them to a deeper level of understanding. Walk away with practical tips that can be implemented in classrooms tomorrow.

Tuesday 29th January

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM - Apps & Extensions: Your Essential Toolkit to Support Diverse Learners - Room: SOUTH 330A
Diana Petschauer (@ATforEducation)

How do you support all learners, including those with disabilities, across platforms and curriculum using free and low-cost apps, extensions, web resources, and built-in accessibility features? Learn about tools that can support students in accessing curriculum, participating in assignments and activities, researching and studying, note-taking, executive functioning, literacy and math support, transition and more. Technology makes UDL possible!

8:00AM - 10.00AM - Breakout of Boredom: Using BreakoutEDU to Support Language Growth - Room: SOUTH 331A
Laurah Jurca (@ESOL_Odyssey)

Are you looking for interesting and engaging new ways to help students practice academic language in authentic contexts? During this session, participants will explore the many benefits of using breakout games with English learners to support language growth. 

12:00 PM - 12:40 PM - Google Tools for Struggling Students - Room: NORTH 320CD + Corridor
Eric Curts (@ericcurts)

There are many tools, apps, extensions, and features available for Google Chrome to assist struggling learners and students with special needs. This can include students with vision or hearing impairments or challenges with reading, writing, organization, and more. Learn what tools are available and how to access and use these with students. More details. 

1:00 PM - 1:40 PM - Go BEYOND with Dynamic Learning - Room: SOUTH HALL A
Kasey Bell, ShakeUpLearning (@ShakeUpLearning)

Technology has opened the door to many new types of learning. Learning can now go BEYOND the bounds of the school walls, beyond subject and grade level, beyond digital tools as substitution, beyond the due date, and even beyond the school day. Join Kasey Bell of for this presentation style overview of the Dynamic Learning Model and Framework from her new book, Shake Up Learning: Practical Ideas to Move Learning From Static to Dynamic.

2:00 PM - 2:40 PM - Escape the Room With Inclusive Strategies - Room: SOUTH 320GH + Corridor
Chris Bugaj (@attipscast)

Work individually or divide up into teams to see if you can Escape the Room! Collect the clues, decipher the riddles, and solve the puzzles to claim your prize! Along the way you'll experience a variety of instructional strategies useful for designing inclusive and accessible educational experiences. Leave with a list of practical tools, resources, and ideas to help teach every learner. Even if you fail, you win! Note: This is not a Breakout EDU Session. This is a customized experience to showcase functional and practical tools to enhance inclusive and universal design.

4:00PM - 6:00PM - Readability! Strategies & Technology to Support the Struggling Reader - Room: SOUTH 330A
Nicole Feeney (@NEATwithNicole)

In this session, you’ll discuss and demonstrate a continuum of strategies and technology tools that can support students who struggle with reading and build upon their digital toolkit — giving them better access to the curriculum. These supports include readability, accessibility, software, and web resources as well as mobile/Chrome apps designed to facilitate student success. 

Wednesday 30th January

8:00AM - 10:00AM - Chrome Extensions Teachers Can't Live Without - Room: SOUTH 330F
Orly Rachamim (@OrlyRachamim) & Avital Aharon (@AvitalAharon)

Unlock the hidden potential of your Chrome web engine. Whether you are using Chromebooks in your school or just the browser, there are extensions and add-ons that will forever change the way educators and students use their computers. Explore extensions to improve productivity, security, creativity, delivery, and literacy.

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM - Alexa, Remind Me To.. Enhance Executive Function, Attention, Behavior - Room: SOUTH 330A
Kindy Segovia (@kindysegovia)

For students who struggle with disorganization, forgetfulness, attention, or behavior, technology can quickly become a barrier as opposed to a tool for success. How can we alter this outcome? In this workshop, you’ll examine an array of current and upcoming technology supports across devices that can benefit many executive functioning, attention, behavior, and sensory needs.

10:00AM - 11:00AM - When Assessments and Formative Feedback Feel Like Projects and Games - Room: NORTH 220AB
Steve Regur (@sregur)

Digital tools are blending the lines between traditional "learning" and "assessing," allowing learners to work collaboratively to solve problems in real time. Explore tools and techniques for adaptation based on performance. Personalized learning requires an evolution in feedback, goal setting, and performance tasks; the right digital tools can make this process take on a fresh, exciting process.

1:00PM - 1.40PM - Emerging Digital Learning Trends — What Do the Students Say? - Room: NORTH 220G
Julie Evans (@JulieEvans_PT) ‏

Growing up surrounded by an avalanche of digital content, tools, and media, not only are today’s students using these tools differently than adults, but their perception of the value of technology, especially in a learning environment, is also very different. Mirroring how students are using a variety of digital tools for learning, examine the emerging trends for education technology — from the perspective of the K-12 student. 

2:00 PM - 2:40 PM - Empower All Learners With a Personal Learning Backpack - Room: SOUTH 310D
Kathleen McClaskey (@khmmc) & Diana Petschauer (@ATforEducation)

In this interactive session, participants will have an opportunity to explore a variety of tools, apps, and resources to build a "Personal Learning Backpack" that can support their learner’s challenges and strengths. Learn how to create "Learner Profiles" that consider the learning strategies and skills students need in order to be more independent and self-directed. Demonstrations will include apps and tools that provide students with voice and choice to access and process information, engage with content, and express what they know and understand.

3:00PM - 3:40PM - Personalized Learning: 19 Apps, Extensions, and Add-ons for 2019 - Room: NORTH 230A
Lori Maldonado (@Lori_Maldonado) & Lisa Greathouse (@LisaJGreathouse)

There are thousands of free apps, extensions, and add-ons out there, but finding the perfect ones to personalize learning for students can be tough. Enjoy this fast-paced, interactive showcase of 19 FREE apps, extensions, and add-ons for educators. The tools presented are for both teachers and administrators to effectively engage their schools, classrooms, and students.

One last thing...

What better way to prepare for FETC than to start exploring the edtech that will be featured there? We recommend starting your exploration with Read&Write and EquatIO. Not only are they great edtech tools for literacy and STEM, but they're also FREE for Teachers! Simply fill out our Free for Teachers form to get started.


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