Prioritizing postsecondary readiness? These 3 sessions may help

Each year, the Future of Education Technology Conference brings together thousands of educators who are eager to learn about the latest emerging technologies shaping the K12 education sphere. The 2024 conference will address some of the most pressing topics both teachers and district leaders face today, including how to set their students up for success after high school.

If you’re one of the many leaders prioritizing postsecondary readiness, or career and technical education, you might be interested in these three sessions taking place at FETC 2024 Jan. 23-26:

Teaching AI and Coding: Skill Trajectory Leading to CTE Success

In this session, you’ll learn about the benefits of incorporating AI concepts, coding and hands-on AI applications into upper elementary and middle school grades and how they can provide students with a trajectory of skills necessary for the workforce.

Participants will learn how they can implement effective AI instruction, coding and robotics instruction “that develops core concepts, as well as specific soft skills that prepare for CTE pathways and future-readiness,” per the program description.

Read more about this session here.

5 Ways to Elevate and Evolve Your CTE Programs

It’s crucial that we prepare students for careers in current and emerging professions. That’s the message behind this session. Attendees will be given ideas on how to teach students to research local job markets, strategies for elevating their CTE programs to ensure they’re driven by what employers actually want, and how to help students obtain employability skills.

“To ensure ever-evolving student populations graduate high school and go immediately into high-demand, high-wage jobs or continue with postsecondary education, schools must develop long-term goals for CTE that allow programs of study to evolve over time,” the session description reads.

Read more about this session here.

Creating Edtech Pathways for High School Students

The edtech industry is growing faster than ever. This may be no surprise to those who were in the education profession during the pandemic. As a result, students have various opportunities to enter job fields related to AI software, virtual and augmented reality technology, and other innovative solutions relevant to K12 education.

In this session, participants will hear from Georgetown University instructor Jordan Davis about how they can introduce students to the field of education technology while implementing fun and engaging assignments in the classroom.

Read more about this session here.