Wednesday, November 26, 2008

What are our speakers doing now?

I took some time to check and see what our upcoming speakers are doing these days. Let's start with Leslie Fisher. Leslie will be one of selected pre-conference speakers as well as a featured speaker during our regular conference sessions. Her pre-conference session is "Digital Photography and Elements" which will be an all day session. Sign up now to reserve your space.

Currently, Leslie Fisher continues to present at educational technology conferences with Louisiana, Ohio and London Ontario currently on the planner in the next few weeks. She has also been named one of the key presenters for DigitalDays, a photo tour presented by Popular Photo Magazine and sponsored bySony. She is currently in the middle of their 18 city tour with future stops in Chicago and Ft. Lauderdale on the calendar. Leslie also has some International travel on the planner with a trip to London and Paris for the holidays.

Wow what a schedule for our upcoming speaker. Have fun traveling Leslie and we will see you in March!!!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


How many of you love campfires? I know that I love a good SMORE. Just recently, I attended a campfire social event on ISTE Island in Second Life with other educators. This event was a big success from my view point. There were great discussions about how to use Second Life in education. Look for future ISTE events posted at the ISTE Island Headquarters. If you can not find it while touring Second Life, do a search for me the NCTIES General Contractor, EJ Escobar. I am always looking for more friends to share a campfire SMORE with and discuss how to get technology moving in education.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Newest ConstructionTeam Member in Second Life

Meet the new NCTIES Second Life General Contractor, EJ Escobar (a.k.a. Ellen Minter, Vice President & Conference Chair). She just recently trained to become a new docent greeter on ISTE Island. Although she is still in the stage of shadowing other docents to learn the ropes, soon she will be a regular scheduled docent. In the meantime, look her up in Second Life to find out more about the new EXTREME MAKEOVER for NCTIES this coming year. Visit ISTE Island for education resources in Second Life. Look for other docents in the headquarters for help as you discover ISTE Island.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Walk, Run, Fly or Teleport to the NCTIES Conference

Start now designing your new educational experience using Second Life and join the design team on March 4 - 6 at the Raleigh Convention Center. Bring your laptop and be prepared to teleport to your new extreme classroom makeover experience. Watch for exciting new ways to explore Second Life so you are ready to join the design team to engineer change in NC schools. Join a book study hosted by USDLC at View archives of sessions by Vicki "Cool Cat" Davis, our opening speaker as well as the NC Virtual Public School, Executive Director Bryan Setser on the book "Disrupting Class".

Start now sharing ideas of how you can use Second Life in your classroom experience.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Good Morning NCTIES!!!!!!!!

Over the past months, shift has been happening for the new NCTIES organization (formerly NCaect). With the organization dating back as early as 1971, there have been changes in names, board members, conferences and much much more. So NCTIES, ARE YOU READY FOR AN EXTREME MAKEOVER? Starting this coming year, the annual conference will be held at the new Raleigh Convention Center.

We look forward to seeing everyone in our new home on March 4, 5, and 6. Mark your calendars now to join the construction team in Raleigh, North Carolina.

During our extreme makeover, we will host a variety of building contractors such as Vicki "Cool Cat" Davis, Leslie "Digital" Fisher, Meg "Writer" Ormiston, Cris "Idea" Crissman and Bill "Builder" Lovin, David "Landmark" Warlick, Will "Weblogg-ed" Richardson, Tammy "Tech Tips" Worcester, Howie "Digital Journey" DiBlasi, and many many more. Check back often for the most current list of our talented contractors.

Now is your chance to send us your blueprint ideas to make this extreme makeover a success. Post your comments on what you would like to see at the NCTIES Instruction 2.0 Engineering Change Conference in Raleigh NC on March 4 - 6, 2009