NCTIES 2010 March 3rd-5th :: Conference Blog
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Welcome to NCTIES 2012!

Get ready! It's almost here...

We are looking forward to seeing you this week in Raleigh for our 2012 NCTIES Conference!  We hope it will be a valuable learning experience for you, and that you have fun while you are here.
The Conference Schedule is now up on our Website.  You can find it at Conference Schedule.
The Generation NOW wiki is also ready for viewing.  You can check Concurrent and Vendor sessions, and the Student Showcase and Poster Sessions.  You can find it here:  Conference Wiki.
Make the Most of Your Conference Experience

Edmodo is proud to be an official social media partner of NCTIES 2012. Each NCTIES session has its own Edmodo group, in which you can download presentation materials and discuss ideas shared during the sessions. In addition, as a member of the Edmodo NCTIES Community, you can connect with other attendees and extend your NCTIES experience long after you leave Raleigh.  Learn about
Edmodo and NCTIES 2012.

Here you can find out more about our Edmodo Community (pdf).

Opening Remarks and Keynote Speaker

This year the Keynote Presentation will be Thursday morning at 8:45 a.m., immediately following the Continental Breakfast in the Vendor Area, Exhibit Hall A.  We are excited to have Ken Shelton as our Keynote Speaker this year. This event will be held in Ballroom A/B on level 400.

Concurrent Sessions, Poster Sessions and Student Showcase

This year we have over 140 Concurrent Sessions, and over 35 Vendor Sessions.  This year for the first time, we have more than 75 students and their teachers presenting at the Student Showcase, which will be held at the same time as the Poster Sessions.  Don't  forget to visit this great event on Thursday from 12:30 - 1:30 in Ballroom B.

Vendors, Vendors, and More Vendors!

Don't forget to schedule times to visit the many vendors we have at NCTIES this year.  Collect your Door Prize tickets, then visit the vendor registration area to place your tickets in the Door Prize Bags. You will need to be present at the Closing Session on Friday in order to win!  Good Luck!

2.012 Networking Lunch on Thursday

Lunch this year will be from 11:30 - 1:30 in Ballroom C on the 400 Level.  You can drop in for lunch anytime between those times, so you won't miss that session that you've looked forward to.

2.012 Reception

On Thursday from 5:30 pm  - 6:30 pm we will hold an informal reception to celebrate our day of learning!  We look forward to seeing you there for a beverage and light pre-dinner appetizer.

2.012 Awards and Smackdown

Join us Friday morning at 8:30 a.m.  as NCTIES presents its
annual grants, outstanding educator awards, scholarships, and other individual and group recognitions.  After the presentation of these awards, NCTIES will have the first annual 2.012 Smackdown.  Please come to support our award winners, and then stay for a SMACKDOWN!
Cruising Downtown Raleigh

We hope that while you are here, you will explore and enjoy the many diverse eateries that Downtown Raleigh has to offer.  Please watch for announcements for specials from local restaurants.  We will provide you with that information at the conference.
Marriott Hotel Information

Valet parking is available free to Marriott guests attending NCTIES for one vehicle per room each day in the city parking lot. Be sure to remind hotel staff at check in that parking (for one car) and Internet access are included as part of the agreement with NCTIES. A hotel staff member must park your car for you in the valet lot.  We highly recommend car pooling to minimize parking expenses. Parking in the area runs $10 to $15 per day for any additional vehicle.

It's not too late to Volunteer at the conference!

Would you like to volunteer at 2012 NCTIES?  We are still looking for volunteers to help with various duties throughout the conference. It's easy and fun!  You need give only an hour or two of your time! There will be a short training session so you will feel comfortable helping people navigate the conference. Sign up by submitting this form: NCTIES Volunteer.  If you have any questions, please contact Danita Russell, our Volunteer Coordinator, at  Thank you!

Julia Hieronymus, 2012 Conference Chair
Sonya Terry, NCTIES President
2011-12 NCTIES Board
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Discovery Education

We are pleased to announce The NCTIES and the Discovery Channel/Discovery Education will host a sneak preview of LIFE with a special introduction by International Speaker and Education Innovator Hall Davidson.


Discovery Channel will preview the trailer for Discovery Channel's new LIFEseries airing on March 21st. LIFE is the follow up to Discovery's acclaimed Planet Earth series, and will be available to educators on Discovery Education Streaming PLUS the day after each episode airs on Discovery Channel!

You can view the preview on Thursday, March 4 at 6:00 - 6:45pm Raleigh Convention Center, Ballroom A Raleigh, NC

In addition, Hall Davidson will be conducting two featured speaker sessions at NCTIES!


Hall Davidson taught middle and high school English, mathematics, Spanish, and bilingual mathematics. He left the classroom to teach math on television in Los Angeles on an Emmy-winning program and spent 20 years at PBS stations teaching and leading staff developments in person and on-air. While producing television series on education and technology, he led a media consortium serving 17 districts and 400,000 students. He frequently contributes articles to national educational publications. With a team he founded, a resource of free online kits to encourage project-based learning with media. He served on the board of Computer-Using Educators for six years and consulted for media corporations and professional organizations. For a dozen years he coordinated the nation’s oldest student media festival, the California Student Media Festival. He was site chairperson at his children’s elementary school where the categorical budget required his signature. He joined Discovery Education in 2005 where he blogs, creates webinars, and works in educational partnerships as a director of the Discovery Educator Network, connecting thousands of teachers nationwide. He has spoken about technology and education to audiences around the world.

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Clif Mims added as a Featured Speaker


Clif Mims is a native of the Mississippi Delta and has more than 16 years of teaching experience.  He taught elementary and middle school students and coached basketball and math teams to numerous championships.  He later became a faculty member at the University of Georgia while simultaneously earning his Ph.D. in Instructional Technology from UGA.  Dr. Mims became an assistant professor of elementary mathematics at the University of Mississippi in 2003. Clif joined the University of Memphis' Instructional Design and Technology faculty in 2005 and now serves as Program Coordinator.

His research interests are related to the effective integration of technology with the processes of teaching and learning, especially in teacher education.

Clif is an avid fan of the Mississippi State University Bulldogs and enjoys tennis, camping, fishing, movies and television. He and his wife are the parents of three children.

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