Sunday, February 28, 2016

#NCTies16 Preview


This week, Brad and I will travel to Raleigh, North Carolina for the 2016 NCTIES Conference. We are honored to be presenting this year's opening keynote, which will take place on Thursday, March 3rd at 8:30 am. NCTIES routinely attracts some of the premier educational speakers, and this year is no different! If you are attending #NCTIES16 this week, we would love to connect! Please send us a tweet, or stop by and say "hi" after the opening keynote or one of our sessions! 




Weds. March 2nd 
Pre-Conference Workshop:1:00pm - 4:00pm
Inspire Innovation by Fostering Collaboration and Creativity



Thurs. March 3rd
Opening Keynote: 8:30am - 9:40am


Concurrent Sessions: 
1:15pm - 2:00pm (Room RCC 402)
Inspire Innovation by Fostering Collaboration and Creativity

2:15pm - 3:00pm (Room RCC 402)
Augmented Reality: Engaging a Minecraft Generation


Closing Keynote


Steve Spangler



Steve Spangler is a teacher, science toy designer, speaker, author and an Emmy award-winning television personality. Spangler is probably best known for his Mentos and Diet Coke geyser experiment that went viral in 2005 and prompted more than 1,000 related YouTube videos. Spangler is the founder of SteveSpanglerScience.com, a Denver-based company specializing in the creation of science toys, classroom science demonstrations, teacher resources and home for Spangler’s popular science experiment archive and video collection. Spangler is a frequent guest on the Ellen DeGeneres Show where he takes classroom science experiments to the extreme. Check out his pool filled with 2,500 boxes of cornstarch!




Friday, March 4th
Closing Keynote
12:30pm - 2:00pm

Learn more about Steve here



Featured Presenters





Kevin grew up in poverty and attended school in many cities across the United States. As he witnessed education around the country he collected powerful experiences that still influence his conversations and his work with educators. He spent 13 years teaching art K-12 in public school and for 17 years spent summers leading creative adventure camps for kids of all ages. In 1991 he received the Making IT Happen Award which is an internationally recognized awards program for educators and leaders in the field of educational technology integration in K–12 schools. The program identifies and rewards educational technology leaders around the world for their commitment and innovation.

Thurs. March 3rd
Concurrent Sessions:
2:15pm - 3:00pm (RCC Ball A)
Connecting With Lost Learners
4:15pm - 5:00pm (RCC Ball A)
Hooking Learners With Digital Tools 

Friday, March 4th
Concurrent Sessions:
10:35am - 11:20am (RCC 402) 

Teaching "Wired" Learners 


Learn more about Kevin here





Mass consumer of incredible books, Pernille Ripp, helps students discover their superpower as a middle school teacher in Oregon, Wisconsin. She opens up her educational practices and beliefs to the world on her blog www.pernillesripp.com and is also the creator of the Global Read Aloud Project, a global literacy initiative that since 2010 has connected more than 1,00,000 students. Her book “Passionate Learners - How to Engage and Empower Your Students” is helping teachers change the way students feel about school. Her other book “Empowered Schools, Empowered Students” is meant to give others the courage to change.

Check out Pernille's Books



NCTIES Sessions
Weds. March 2nd 
Pre-Conference Workshop:1:00pm - 4:00pm
Creating a Passionate Literacy Environment


Thurs. March 3rd
Concurrent Sessions:
10:00am -10:45am (Room RCC 402)
Creating a Connected Literacy Classroom 
11:00am - 11:45am (Room RCC 402)
Global Collaboration to fit Your Needs 

Learn more about Pernille here







Leslie Fisher’s interest in technology began while studying music at the University of Southern California. She quickly realized the value of utilizing computers for music mixing and recording. She grabbed her 300 baud modem, jumped on the Internet (before anyone really called it the internet) and started looking for music resources. She soon realized she was spending more time discovering technology than playing music so she changed her major and tried to figure out what geeky thing she could do for the rest of her life.

NCTIES Sessions
Weds. March 2nd 
Pre-Conference Workshop:1:00pm - 4:00pm
Augment Your Reality
1:00pm - 4:00pm 
Strategies and Tools for Informal Assessment

Thurs. March 3rd
Concurrent Sessions:
10:00am -10:45am (RCC Ball A)
Augment Your Reality
11:00am - 11:45am (RCC Ball A)
Gadgets
3:15pm - 4:00pm (RCC 402)
All About the Apple Watch 

Friday, March 4th
Concurrent Sessions:
8:00am - 8:45am (Room RCC 402)
Top Apps, Websites and Tools for Your Classroom 




Richard Byrne

Richard Byrne is a high school teacher, Google Certified Innovator, and author of the award-winning blog Free Technology for Teachers. Richard started Free Technology for Teachers to share with others the wealth of powerful teaching and learning tools available on the web. Today, Free Technology for Teachers is read by more than 100,000 educators each month. In addition to his blog, Richard's writing has appeared in Teacher Librarian, School Library Journal, and will appear in a forthcoming book for school administrators about the use of technology in classroom.

NCTIES Sessions
Weds. March 2nd 
Pre-Conference Workshop:1:00pm - 4:00pm
Blogs & Social Media for Teachers

1:00pm - 4:00pm 
Strategies and Tools for Informal Assessment

Thurs. March 3rd
Concurrent Sessions:
1:15pm - 2:00pm (RCC Ball A)
Best of the Web
2:15pm - 3:00pm (RCC Ball A)
Gadgets

Friday, March 4th
Concurrent Sessions:
11:30am - 12:15pm (RCC 402)
Mobile Learning and the Common Core











Jeff, co-founder of BeyondtheChalk, received his bachelors degree from The University of Montana in Broad field science and biology. Jeff completed his master’s in technology education from Lesley University and later received his Doctorate from The University of Montana in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on science and technology.

NCTIES Sessions

Weds. March 2nd 
Pre-Conference Workshop:1:00pm - 4:00pm
Creating A Customized Street View Experience for Your Classroom 
1:00pm - 4:00pm 
Getting the Ball Rolling

Learn more about Jeff here







Dean Phillips, co-founder of Beyond The Chalk, is a licensed educator in the state of Montana, has had teaching and leadership experiences in all levels of education. He completed his undergraduate degrees in History and broad-field Social Studies at Washington State University where he also obtained his teaching credentials. Dean also completed his Masters Degree in Education, with an emphasis in emerging technologies and technology integration from Walden University.
NCTIES Sessions

Weds. March 2nd 
Pre-Conference Workshop:1:00pm - 4:00pm
Creating A Customized Street View Experience for Your Classroom 
1:00pm - 4:00pm 
Getting the Ball Rolling

Learn more about Dean here






Kathy Schrock has been a school district Director of Technology, an instructional technology specialist, a middle school, academic, museum, and a public library librarian. She is currently an online adjunct graduate-level professor for Wilkes University (PA) and an independent educational technologist.

NCTIES Sessions
Weds. March 2nd 
Pre-Conference Workshop:1:00pm - 4:00pm
Gearing up for Creativity with the iPad

Thurs. March 3rd
Concurrent Sessions:
3:15pm - 4:00pm (RCC Ball A)
Sketch Noting and Visual Note taking in the Classroom

Friday, March 4th
Concurrent Sessions:
9:00am - 9:45pm (RCC 402)
Do the Ed Tech Hokey Pokey: Put Your Whole Self In 




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