NCTIES Conference 2017

Hacking the App

If you look at the Attendees section of the app, it displays your name, title, and company (school). We filled in this information based on your registration. No one said it has to stay that way.

Under My Profile, you can edit everything but your email. I put my title and school in the Title field. In Company field I put my twitter handle.

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Ok, so its not really hacking the app but I think it is cool.

Pre-Conference and Administrator's Retreat News

Wednesday Pre-Conference Sessions & Administrator's Retreat
Materials
If you are registered for any of the events on Wednesday, please pick up your packet at the registration booth located on the 2nd floor of the Raleigh Convention Center (RCC) prior to attending your first session.

Location
The Administrator's Retreat is located in the Marriott. All pre-conference sessions are located in the RCC.

Lunch
If you are registered for the Administrator's Retreat or both morning and afternoon pre-conference sessions a boxed lunch will be waiting for you in the lobby near the ballrooms in the Marriott. Lunch is available from 12pm -1pm. Please bring your registration information with you to pick up your lunch.

Participants registered for only morning or afternoon pre-conference sessions will have lunch on their own.

Pre-Conference Sessions
Pre-Conference presenters may contact their registered participants prior to their session on Wednesday if there are specific apps or materials needed for their session. Be sure to check your email prior to arrival.

The App is Ready!

We know you've been anxiously awaiting the opening of the 2016 NCTIES app. If you have already downloaded the app and are receiving incorrect session and schedule information when you log in for the first time try syncing the app. If that doesn't help, delete the app and reinstall it. That should take care of any syncing issues.

Find the download here:
http://www.ncties.org/conference/engage/app/

Your username is the email that was used to register. The password is: ncties16

Be sure to continuously check the app during the conference. Any updates, schedule changes or announcements will be communicated via the app.

Updates on #NCTIES16

NCTIES 2016 is less than a month away and we hope you are as excited as we are! This year's conference theme is "Imagine...". We hope NCTIES 2016 will help you imagine new learning opportunities for your students.

Featured Speakers
Administrator's Retreat Keynote - Principal Baruti Kafele
Principal Kafele is known for providing effective teaching and leadership strategies to motivate educators towards a higher level of excellence. (More Information)

Opening Keynote - Drew Minock and Brad Waid
You may recognize Drew and Brad as the "Two Guys" from the
Two Guys and Some iPads blog. They are known for mixing in a little humor as they share their passion for using technology to transform learning.

Closing Keynote - Steve Spangler
Steve is the science teacher you always wished you had in school. You will find his science videos on YouTube, but he may be better known as "The Science Guy" from the Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Richard Byrne creator of FreeTech4Teachers

Jeff Crews and Dean Phillips from Beyond the Chalk

Kevin Honeycutt from kevinhoneycutt.org and last year's opening keynote

Leslie Fisher from Fisher Technologies, Inc.

Pernille Ripp creator of the Global Read Aloud Project

Kathy Schrock creator of Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything

Registration Information
Online registration will close on February 28th.
https://conference.ncties.org/2016/registration/

Attendee Registration: This is our full conference registration. Here you may sign up for the full conference as well as pre-conference and the Administrator's Retreat.

Administrator's Retreat: This is to register for the Administrator's Retreat only.

Group Registration: Register four or more teachers from the same school and receive one complimentary registration for the school principal or vice principal to attend the conference (this does not apply to the administrators' retreat). There can be only one free registration per group.

You must register for the conference before reserving your room at our main conference hotels.

Pre-Conference Sessions: Pre-Conference sessions have filled up quickly, but we still have a few seats available in the following sessions morning sessions:
Blogs and Social Media
Augment Your Reality
Creating a Customized Street View Experience for Your Classroom
Learning with Minecraft
Code.org (full day)


Thursday Dining Options
We'd like to share with you some of the lunch time dining options for Thursday, March 3rd.

Concession Stand in Exhibit Hall B - If you are looking for a dining option within the convention center, the concession stand in Exhibit Hall B will be open for business from 10:30am to 2:30pm. Sandwiches, salads, beverages and some breakfast items will be available for purchase.

The Java Hut - This is the small concession stand on the 3rd floor of the convention center. Snack items and beverages will be available for purchase. Hours of operation are 10:30am to 2:30pm

Rye Bar and Southern Kitchen located in the Downtown Raleigh Marriott connected to the convention Center. This is a full service restaurant.

There are over 50 restaurants within walking distance of the convention center. The Raleigh Visitors Center provides a listing of restaurants in the downtown area.

Hotel Information
The block of rooms reserved at the Marriott and Sheraton is full. You may still be able to get a room at one of the hotels, but at a higher rate and without the free Internet and parking.
The overflow hotels we recommend are as follows:

Hampton Inn Glenwood
600 Glenwood Avenue
Conference rate: $159 (plus taxes)
919-825-4770
Group Name: NCTIES

Doubletree by Hilton (Brownstone)
1707 Hillsborough Street
Conference rate: $149 (plus taxes)
919-828-0811
Registration Link
Group Name: NCTIES Annual Conference 2016

Holiday Inn - Hillsborough Street
320 Hillsborough Street (on free R-Line bus route)
855-914-1878
Conference rate: $99 per night (plus taxes)
Registration Link:

Hilton Garden Inn - Raleigh Crabtree Valley
3912 Arrow Drive Raleigh (919) 703-2525
Conference rate: $139 (plus taxes)
Registration link: Registration Link

Aloft Raleigh
2100 Hillsborough St. Raleigh, NC (Across from Bell Tower at NCSU)
Reservations: call (919) 828-9900 or email edeck@aloftraleigh.com and mention NCTIES
Standard Rooms (Run of the House) at $169
Savvy Rooms (Run of the House) at $179
Savvy Suites (Run of the House) at $189

First Time Attendees
Welcome to first-time attendees of the NCTIES Conference.

We're so glad that you will join us this year for the 2016 NCTIES Conference in Raleigh! No matter your role in school, you'll find that attending this conference will provide you with practical applications and ideas for creating exciting learning environments within your classroom and school.

We hope this page will answer some of your questions, and help you prepare as you explore this year's theme, Imagine.

Tips for Making the Most of Your First Conference:
Breakfast is served on Thursday and Friday morning in Exhibit Hall B approximately an hour before the first session. A snack will be provided Thursday afternoon.
Locate the Registration Booth on the second floor of the convention center and stop by at any point in the conference for assistance.
Take time to explore the exhibitor booths in Exhibit Hall B to learn more about some of the latest technologies available.
Tech support will be available on the second floor near registration.
Be sure to visit the Raleigh Visitors Bureau booth on the second floor for information regarding dining and things to explore while you're in Raleigh. (There may even be a prize or two involved.)
Connect ahead of time with the NCTIES 2016 Mobile App, Twitter (#ncties16) and Facebook.
Know the program. You can download the preview or program in advance either through the website or the conference app. Coming soon!
Identify some key areas you want to focus on for either your own personal PD or for your school.
If you're attending the conference with other colleagues plan your schedules in advance, meet often during the conference, and agree on some shared goals.
Network! This is a great way to connect with other educators from across the state. Take time to meet and talk with those around you in the sessions you attend. You never know what school and classroom partnerships could arise.
Be on the lookout for the SWAG Patrol! You never know where a NCTIES Board Member may show up with additional prizes.
Sessions are held in the convention center and in the Marriott. The fastest way to get to the Marriott is through the connecting entrance found on the second floor of the convention center.
Learn your way around. Main events are held in the ballrooms at the top of the convention center. Featured speakers present in rooms 402 and Ballroom A. Concurrent sessions are held on the second and third floors. The Student Showcase will be held outside of the ballrooms and on the second floor. Playgrounds, breakfast and snacks are found in Exhibit Hall B.
If you have questions regarding the 2016 conference, please contact us at:
nctiesreg@ce.uoregon.edu - for registration questions

team@ncties.org - for general questions

We hope to see you at NCTIES 2016!

App Information

A lot of you have noticed that Apple has our App listed in the App Store. However, we are still working on the Google Play and mobile web version. There will be an email with your credentials when the app is ready for use.