#OETC20 Conference Theme

Focusing Our I’s 
From current trends to emerging technologies, BYOD and blended learning to artificial intelligence and virtual reality, the Ohio Educational Technology Conference has spent the last 22 years informing Ohio’s educators of the ever-changing world of educational technology. But with so many options, apps and open resources, and diversity in learning models, technology in education has become an increasingly complex learning tool. OETC is taking some time to focus on educators fully understanding educational technology. From policy and planning to implementation and integration, #OETC20 seeks to provide a comprehensive and in-depth look at each step of the process by bringing educational technology In Focus. 

Focusing Our I’s is about enhancing the overall learning experience using educational technology. It is about maximizing efficiencies of the technologies that are currently in place and streamlining integration of these technologies into the classroom. And it is about inspiring educators to reach out of their comfort zones to bring new technologies to the students.




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#OETC20 Session Tracks


  • Focusing Our I’s: Ingenuity and Impact – This track focuses on educational policy, leadership, and planning, in regards to the use of technology as a strategic tool for organizational improvement and transformation, including state/federal technology grants, data-driven decision making, educator evaluation tools, how to make purchasing and budgeting decisions, facilities management, and implications of state and national standards. Sessions may also cover strategies for funding of technology projects, including state and federal programs, and other aspects of planning and cost-effective management of technology, as well as security, risk management, and privacy from a leadership perspective.
  • Focusing Our I’s: Infrastructure and Integrity – This track focuses on technology infrastructure and the overall management of information systems that support all learning environments. Session topics may include implementation of 1-to-1 computing, wireless environments and the roll-out of mobile devices as well as network security and security breaches, penetration testing and privacy issues, solutions to bandwidth issues, and compliance with local, state, and national security regulations and directives. Topics could also include technology solutions or technology’s impact on; school security, campus safety, digital threats and prevention including but not limited: online threats, cyber bullying and security within social networking.
  • Focusing Our I’s: Implementation and Integration – This track shares insights into practical strategies used by educators and faculty to fully explore the current uses of technology in the learning environment, including information on effectively integrating technology into the curriculum, managing use of technology in their classrooms, and assess the impact of the technology upon student achievement. Sessions may address how educators and students are using various technologies as well as the online and hybrid learning environments to promote high academic performance. Topics may include virtual learning, hybrid coursework, acceleration programs, and online solutions for credit. These sessions could cover a diverse spectrum of learning environments.
  • Focusing Our I’s: Inspiration to Innovation – This track focuses on incorporating cutting-edge technologies, new digital tools, and technological resources to enhance the education and the learning environment to solve educational issues. These sessions represent the most innovative thinking in the application of technology and technology strategy in education and are highly regarded models of technology adoption in the education technology community.
  • Focusing Our I’s: Inclusion and Involvement - This track focuses on resources that are available to ensure that EVERY student has access to technology tools, information, and digital media to support the information sharing and the learning process.
  • Assistive Technology Solutions - These sessions focus on all aspects of technology use in the learning environment, including the use of devices or services that make life easier and improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities; and computer access, alternative and augmentative communication (AAC), and adapted curriculum solutions.
  • eLearning and Distance Learning - These sessions focus on methods of teaching and learning in which the online delivery of content is facilitated by various technologies including video, voice, audio, online collaboration tools, and correspondence over the Internet. There are many technologies that can offer a great deal of flexibility as to when, where, and how education is distributed. Sessions feature ways to improve interactive communication, assessment, feedback, support, and content delivery, whether it is in a synchronous or asynchronous learning environment.
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL) - Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach to designing flexible curriculum, instruction, and materials that are accessible to all students. These sessions showcase the principles of UDL and present information on a framework to reduce barriers and maximize learning opportunities for all students. The goals of UDL are to remove barriers to learning, support improved access to information and to learning itself, and provide multiple, flexible approaches to learning that will result in success for learners.
  • OER, Digital Content Creation, Curation, and Access - These sessions focus on addressing relevant issues around the creation, curation, and access to digital content and electronic resources. Sessions could address strategies to manage online resources, including which systems and tools are most effective, the challenges that new electronic formats are posing, how to rearrange our workflows to find solutions to e-resources problems, how to achieve more through thoughtful licensing, and how standards and best practices can assist our efforts.
  • Focusing Our I’s: Interaction and Interchange - This track focuses on collaboration and the overall impact of networking. This will include sessions on increasing one’s PLN for professional development and learning, as well as digital citizenship and the imprint that each person leaves in a digital environment. Sessions should discuss the impact of teaching positive digital citizenship to students.
  • Focusing Our I’s: Initiatives of the State of Ohio - This track focuses on state initiatives and the successful use of technology in their implementation. Sessions from this track will be provided by the State of Ohio and OETC partners. OETC is anticipating offering sessions on state initiatives including, but not limited to, the following:
  • #FutureReadyOH
  • Ohio’s Learning Standards for Technology
  • State Testing and Assessments
  • College Credit Plus
  • Choose Ohio First
  • Workforce Alignment
  • Ohio Transfer to Degree Guarantee
  • Aspire


Session Formats

To better assist OETC attendees in selecting the best sessions for their interests, #OETC20 is now offering session formats to further detail session information. The session formats are as follows:

Learn Today, Do Tomorrow
Learn Today, Do Tomorrow sessions are traditional lecture or panel style sessions, where the presenter or moderator leads the session with minor interaction from the audience.

Discuss & Discover
Discuss & Discover sessions provide opportunity for presenter facilitated interaction, through question and answer, moderate activities, or small groups. Sessions should be designed in order to increase collaboration and information sharing between attendees.

Make. Build. Do.
Make. Build. Do. sessions are hands-on activities, makerspaces, bring your own devices, etc., that are deeply interactive sessions, with intense audience participation. 


#OETC20 Redesigned Exhibit Hall Floor Plan


#OETC20 is excited to announce a brand new Exhibit Hall floorplan! We have combined Exhibit Halls A & B, to deliver more excitement and learning for you! 

We now have twice the space to offer more interactive playgrounds, more session classrooms, the #OETC20 Drone Experience, and the brand new Networking Nook, our dedicated space for you to develop and expand your personal learning networks.