Featured Events & Keynotes

Learn from our edtech community’s brightest minds and enjoy special opportunities to unwind and connect

A Trio of Unforgettable Keynotes

Eric Curts

Author, Educator, and Edtech Specialist

Dr. Adam Phyall III

Teacher, Leader, and Technology Access Advocate

Edtech Share

featuring K-12 Educators and the Learning Technology Center

With 32 years of education experience, Eric Curts is one of the US’ leading edtech trainers and advocates. He currently serves as a Technology Integration Specialist for SPARCC in North Canton, Ohio, where he oversees Google for Education implementation, training, and support, as well as other technology integration initiatives. Eric is an authorized Google Education Trainer and Innovator, and provides training to schools, organizations, and conferences throughout Ohio and across the country.

Outside the Midwest, Eric’s insights on tech-powered learning, creativity, and collaboration are trusted by thousands of educators. He is the author of Control Alt Achieve: Rebooting Your Classroom with Creative Google Projects, and shares timely, relevant resources on his award-winning blog, www.ControlAltAchieve.com.

Keynote: To Be Announced

Wednesday, November 12, 10:30 am

Dr. Adam Phyall III is the Director of Professional Learning and Leadership for Future Ready Schools and former Director of Technology and Library Media Services for Newton County School System in Covington, GA. A former high school teacher, he has been hooked on the fantastic things that technology can add to education since getting his first laptop in college.

Throughout his professional career, Dr. Phyall has worked extensively with Title I and urban schools in Georgia and Missouri to improve technology integration for economically-disadvantaged students. His philosophy on teaching is “if you’re having fun teaching it, then your students will have fun learning it.”

Keynote: To Be Announced

Thursday, November 14, 8:30 am

Each year, Edtech Share brings together several of Illinois’ top education luminaries to share how they’re transforming learning experiences using innovative edtech solutions.

More than a simple app showcase, this fast-paced keynote offers attendees the chance to discover cutting-edge edtech resources for engaging today’s learners at every grade and in every subject area.

Taking a step beyond pedagogy, these insights are also based on real world applications being used in Illinois classrooms today – making them perfect for every teacher, coach, and curriculum leader.

Topics Covered: To Be Announced

Friday, November 15, 8:30 am

Breakaway Summit Experiences

Take part in focused conversations and discover resources relevant to your interests and job role during these exclusive breakaway events. Each summit is hosted by experts who are ready to help you elevate your professional practice, starting here.

Tech Leader Summit

Join fellow technology directors, coordinators, and technology decision-makers for a breakaway event centered on empowering technology departments in all Illinois school districts.

Bring your questions and success stories for a timely, relevant conversation about how to enhance networking, cybersecurity, device management, and more in academic environments.

Date & Time: Thursday, November 14, 2024 | 10:30 am – 12:20 pm

Location: Main Stage (Keynote Area)

Women in Technology Panel & Breakfast

How can we all help support and elevate women in K-12 technology positions?

Join fellow educators for an inspirational panel where you’ll learn from edtech trailblazers past and present, including their successes, challenges, and strategies for developing pathways to professional growth.

Attendees will also have the chance to connect with other women in technology and discover insights into leading while staying true to their identity.

Complimentary breakfast will be served.

Date & Time: Friday, November 15, 2023 | 7:30am – 8:20am

Location: To Be Announced

Special Events

IETC is about more than learning from edtech experts and taking part in hands-on workshops. You can also connect with friends, discover new perspectives, and enjoy some complimentary entertainment at these special events:

IETC Social

Start the evening off right by joining us for free drinks, appetizers, and games.

This is the perfect chance to connect with friends new and old as we gather and prepare to learn together.

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 13, 2024 | 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Location: Exhibit Hall

Trivia Night

Better study up! Bring your brains and a group of 6-8 friends to the Main Stage for a head-to-head general knowledge competition. Across five rounds, teams with work together to answer trivia-style questions about film, music, famous women, and more.

Don’t have a team? Simply show up and we’ll assign you to a group of (soon-to-be) best friends.

Date & Time: Thursday, November 14, 2023 | 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Location: Main Stage (Keynote Area)

Ready to Experience IETC?

All of this and more awaits you across 3 days packed with transformative learning and lasting connections