BY DAN FROELICH
As many of our readers know, the 2011 NCTIES conference will take place in Raleigh, North Carolina March 2-4 at the Raleigh Convention Center. For those of you who don’t know, NCTIES (North Carolina Technology in Education Society) is the North Carolina affiliate of the International Society for Technology in Education, and is the state’s leading educational technology organization.
The annual conference is more than just a series of workshops and concurrent sessions. It’s a phenomenal opportunity to network with educational technology leaders across the state, a showcase of success stories, and an opportunity to celebrate our peers through awards, grants, and scholarships.
This year’s conference will feature seven featured speakers, including Ruston Hurley, Patrick Crispen, Leslie Fisher, Kevin Honeycutt, Kathy Schrock, David Warlick, and Tammy Worcester. In addition to these keynotes, NCTIES will have eight concurrent session time slots, seven technology fairs, an exciting exhibit hall, workshops, and a celebration to top off the 40th anniversary of NCTIES.
For those not able to attend this year’s conference, make sure you follow NCTIES on Twitter, as well as conference updates via the #NCTIES11 hashtag. The conversation has already begun. Want to see what sessions are being presented? Check out the conference wiki. It’s a complete guide to all of the sessions (too many to count). Dig deep enough and you’ll find sessions presented by many LEARN NC staff members. I myself will be there presenting the hot topic of mobile course processes using current technologies with Mike Shumake of NCVPS.
Barbara Moose, NCTIES President, is eagerly anticipating this year’s conference. When asked more about it, she said, “My conference thoughts revolve around three Rs this year — relationships, reconnecting, and remembering. For me, this conference has always been about relationships.Reconnecting with colleagues (educators and exhibitors) from across North Carolina is one of my favorite things about the NCTIES Conference. I only see some of them face to face during this time and it is exciting to be able to catch up with them and learn from them. This year we have invited leaders who have served NCTIES (formerly NCAECT) over the past 40 years to be our honored guests as we remember their contributions to NC educators and this organization.”