So not everyone got to go to NCTIES, including me! So this year I asked @dcsnc staff that attended to share some of their takeaways.
Julie Faria, ETS/Media asst., Friendship
I am so excited to learn new ways to broadcast the Morning News Show. I realize our equipment is antiquated so seeing new technology at work is reassuring and exciting. I also loved talking to the students who totally create, write, and produce the show. Very inspiring.
Friendship's Chuck Bullins won the ipevo document camera on Friday. Our district had 4 people (out of apprx.15) at drawing...we are always looking for was to get ahead!
And lastly I enjoyed seeing educators connect nature to literature and technology.
Brene Duggins, SLMC - Oak Grove High School
The networking and sessions were great but one of my favorite parts this year was the Student Showcase. Being able to hear about a project or activity from students themselves gave not only excitement, but really gave me great ideas of activities to bring back to school and share with teachers and use in the Media Center that will be engaging and exciting for students.
Dru Davis, ETS/media, Tyro Elementary
I loved this year's session on Creative Ways to Check Understanding! Lots of great ideas to get students engaged using our chrome books!
Daniel Everhart, SLMC - Southwood
Here is a great session on #FakeNews and #Alternative Facts: https://www.smore.com/j653z.www.smore.com/j653z
Kristi Allred, SLMC, North Middle
The theme I kept seeing in various sessions and workshops was about giving students the tools and the time to reflect and express themselves. Seen though that lens, the technology becomes less about being a "cool tool" and instead is much more meaningful. I loved seeing new, fresh ways to use existing tools, like SeeSaw, Flipgrid, Google Apps, and Padlet.
Sue Tobin, ITF
There were over 4,000 attendees at this years conference. The opening keynote speaker Kristin Ziemke did an amazing job of pointing out the great things students are doing in schools and how important it is to highlight their work. There were also lots of concurrent sessions on Google and ways to use it more efficiently.
Robin Snider, SLMC, Churchland Elementary
I love going to NCTIES each year because it gives me a chance to recharge and get energized by discovering new ways to integrate technology at my school. I love taking what I learn back to the teachers and finding ways to collaborate with them so the students can experience a variety of technology tools. Of all the sessions I went to, I enjoyed the one on Drones the most. I'm excited to purchase some of these and get our students working with them. I also learned better ways to incorporate Dash and Dot into the curriculum. And lastly, I really enjoyed a session on Digital Breakout Boxes and can't wait to try and create my own!
I would love to see our District represented more at this conference. It's not just the media coordinators and technology facilitators that can benefit from NCTIES. I think it would be amazing if we would send more regular ed teachers, administrators, and district admins along with Media, ETS, and ITFs so everyone can experience the fire for learning that ignites in yourself and your students when you realize how to effectively integrate technology into the curriculum.
Joanie Williams, SLMC, Midway Elementary
As always- Jeff Phillips and Dean Crews were AMAZING- they presented on Google tools- and showed some new cool things. (The new Google Earth is locked here- I was a little embarrassed when I could not open it at their presentation.)
I also enjoyed a coding workshop and the keynote speaker was great.
Google MY Maps was an awesome presentation- you can create adventures where you find clues and explore the map- a lot like break outs, but no box required.
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