Orlando, you were lovely and sun-shiny and we loved it! Now bundled up and snowed in, we warmly look back at the week that was FETC (Florida Educational Technology Conference). We had a strong showing at the Orlando education conference with two panels and a new partnership announcement. With sunglasses on, we helped set records in the FETC annual photo walk, rocked the exhibit hall floor, and connected with friends old and new! But our sessions are where FableVisioniaries shone.

“Story and personal meaning = engagement = motivation = success. Design with a purpose.” – Leigh Hallisey
What’s the Anatomy of a Learning Game? It's more than just good programming. Using Classroom, Inc.'s After the Storm: The Daily Byte as the core of the discussion, FableVision’s Creative Director Leigh Hallisey joined Anne Richards of Classroom, Inc., Jen Groff of Learning Games Network/MIT, and Jessica Millstone of BrainPOP on the panel. Discussion topics covered the importance of user testing, creative design and development process, and harnessing content to drive user engagement.

“Innovation by accident is wonderful.” – Paul Reynolds
FableVision’s CEO Paul Reynolds and Dr. Peggy Healy Stearns dove into the world of 3D fabrication. The two took the audience on a journey of the development of the Fab@School Maker Studio, the first digital fabrication software tool specifically for use in elementary and middle school classrooms. Fab@School Maker Studio is being developed by The Reynolds Center TLC and FableVision Learning. Sign up for more info on their website.

“Give every child a chance to share their voice with the world.” – Peter H. Reynolds
Perhaps the highlight of FETC was the new partnership announcement. Who doesn’t love making new friends? FableVision Learning and Lulu Jr. announced their partnership to develop My Awesome Publishing Company! The web-based writing and book-publishing platform for young learners lets kids write, illustrate, publish, and market their own creative stories. FableVision's founder Peter H. Reynolds will host the online platform. Learn more on our News page.