Must the EdTech Trade Shows Go On?

Anyone else miss crowded trade show floors, hotel lobby bars, and last-minute coffee meetups? In this episode of EdTech Today, edTech industry event veteran Frank Catalano dives into “The List”—his ever-changing tally of in-person education events that suddenly disappeared one year ago this month—and divines when we may once again be brushing elbows, instead of trading Zoom waves, with colleagues.

“The tools and techniques have gotten a lot better for online conferences. I give ISTE credit for this. They built their own platform when they were forced to go virtual. They’re going that way again this year, and they realized that this can’t just be all about Zoom.” – Frank Catalano

Frank Catalano is a veteran education technology analyst, industry strategy consultant and widely published author. Frank has been a senior executive with Pearson, ProExam and the SchoolMessenger business of West (now Intrado). He also was a consulting senior analyst with MDR’s EdNET Insight market research service and the founding director of the EdSurge Intelligence service. Frank is perhaps best known for his lively technology analysis and commentary for a number of media outlets. He currently writes a regular column for the edtech news site EdSurge and previously was a long-running contributor to the tech news site GeekWire. He’s active on Twitter as @FrankCatalano.

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