This weekend, I’m headed to the Baltimore Tech for Schools Summit hosted by EdSurge for the second year in a row. If you’ve never been to EdSurge, it’s the biggest EdTech conference of the year for Maryland and features thirty-four EdTech companies, a keynote address from Richard Culatta (Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the U.S. Department of Education), and a chance to collaborate with other teachers from many districts around the state. Such an undertaking could be daunting to a first-timer. I certainly don’t consider myself an expert in how to navigate, but I’ve taken many tips from good friends of mine who are much savvier when it comes to getting the most out of your experience. Something that I wish I had when I headed to EdSurge the first time was a user guide, so without further ado, I present to you: A User Guide to EdSurge (and other EdTech Summits).
The Summit is actually broken into two days this year—one for school administrators and one for educators. Since I’m not an administrator (not yet, anyway!) I’m just going to focus on the All Educator Day.