ACTEM 2024 Fall Conference

37th Annual Education Technology Conference

Oct. 10-11, 2024  •  Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, ME



Conference Co-Chairs:

Amanda Nguyen and Alice Barr will return as conference co-chairs for 2024

Join us for a wide variety of presentations that serve multiple audiences and content areas.

Attendee Registration


Contact Gary Lanoie if you would like a group discount for your school / district. 



Exhibitor Registration

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Call for Proposal Open NOW! Submit by April 24, 2024

Complete this form to submit a workshop proposal for the 37th annual ACTEM 2024 Fall Conference. Proposal deadline Wednesday, April 24, 2024.

Please submit a separate form for each workshop session you are proposing.  

The theme is not final yet, but we are particularly interested in sessions that can weave in the concepts of deeper learning and/or digital equity while still addressing one or more of the following ideas from last year's participants: building a culture of innovation and exploration, more hands on learning, more collaborative sessions, virtual reality, free educational apps for students, sessions on family engagement, and workshops with administrator specific strategies. Participants also are excited to engage again with sessions that support integrating AI and Computer Science into the classroom. 

This year’s conference will be held on Thursday, October 10th and Friday, October 11th - right ahead of Indigenous People’s Day Weekend. Similar to last year, we are planning to have an After Hours event on Thursday hosted by Carl Hooker at the Civic Center. With this, we encourage educators and tech directors to submit proposals for both Thursday and Friday, as we will be looking to offer a variety of sessions on both days this year!

New this year: Exclusive Extended Lunch & Learn Opportunities to Engage with Keynotes and Featured Speakers

Thursday, October 10th (2.5 hours - Lunch, Session 3, and Session 4) - Carl Hooker's "Using AI to Design Innovative Solutions to Educational Challenges" In an era marked by rapid technological evolution and shifting educational paradigms, equipping our students for the forthcoming challenges is crucial. This groundbreaking workshop invites educational leaders to apply their collective expertise to address a specific "problem of practice" within their fields. Through an immersive and collaborative process, participants will harness a range of cutting-edge AI tools to dissect current educational challenges, project future trends, and craft innovative solutions tailored to their unique contexts. This session is designed to not only forecast the future of education but to actively shape it by solving real-world issues that educators face today. Attendees will leave with actionable insights, strategies, and tools that can be implemented in their respective areas, aiming to elevate educational standards across the state of Maine and beyond. Each participant will contribute to a rich tapestry of solutions, benefiting from a shared repository of knowledge and forward-thinking approaches to education. 

Friday, October 11th (2.5 hours - Lunch, Session 3, and Session 4) - Scott McLeod "Redesigning Lessons for Deeper Learning and Student Engagement" 

As much as we’re worried about ‘learning loss,’ our students aren’t going to learn if they’re not first engaged. Let’s create reasons for students to come to school and opportunities to do things that are interesting! In this active, hands-on Redesign Lab, we will use the free 4 Shifts Protocol to redesign lessons, units, and other instructional activities for critical thinking and problem solving, greater student agency, more real-world authentic work, and robust technology infusion. We also will peek inside some deeper learning schools around the country to see how they’re approaching this instructional design work. Bring a charged laptop and be ready to collaborate!

Audience

  • Administrators, teachers, and instructional coaches (perfect for leadership teams!)

Participant Outcomes

Participants will walk away with the following knowledge, skills, and resources (based on empirical research from 90+ deeper learning schools, not just anecdotes, and design work with tens of thousands of educators):

  • The ability to use the 4 Shifts Protocol to redesign lessons and units for higher student engagement and deeper learning

  • The ability to use the 4 Shifts Protocol as a curriculum planning resource, not just an instructional design tool

  • Numerous exemplars of deeper learning in action

  • On-ramp strategies to help schools and design teams get started

  • Techniques and suggestions for navigating instructional, curricular, and organizational speed bumps and roadblocks

  • Key instructional mindsets and design behaviors

  • Discussion questions for teaching staff, leadership teams, and families

Board Game Night

There will be a late afternoon Board game session on Thursday after the vendor session from 5:30 - 7:00 until After Hours starts. People are welcome to drop in. Snacks and drinks will be available. Bring your favorite board game!

Join us for the 3rd Annual After Hours Event!

Carl Hooker returns for the 3rd Annual After Hours Event! Join us from 6:30pm - 11pm for food, networking, a fun team challenge that will have you engaged in several activities across the Civic Center, and more! 

Thursday Keynote Speaker - Shannon McClintock Miller

Shannon McClintock Miller is an international speaker, consultant and author who has a passion for education, librarianship, advocacy, technology, social media and making a difference in the world and lives of others, especially children.

Shannon serves as the preschool-12th grade district teacher librarian at Van Meter Community School District in Iowa. Shannon is the author of the award winning The Library Voice blog and enjoys writing for various blogs, journals and other forums including ISTE, School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly. Shannon’s newest book, Sonia’s Digital World, made its debut in August 2023 in partnership with Capstone and ISTE.  She has also written 12 children’s books about library skills and Makerspaces with Capstone. 





Friday Keynote Speaker -  Scott McLeod

A Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Colorado Denver, Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on P-12 school leadership, deeper learning, technology, and innovation. He is on a mission to make students’ day-to-day learning less boring and more meaningful and relevant. Scott is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the only university center in the U.S. dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and is the co-creator of both the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens), and the 4 Shifts Protocol for lesson and unit redesign.

Scott has worked with hundreds of schools, districts, universities, and other organizations and has received numerous awards for his technology leadership work, including the 2016 Award for Outstanding Leadership from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Scott blogs about leadership and innovation at Dangerously Irrelevant and is a frequent keynote speaker and workshop facilitator at regional, state, national, and international conferences. Scott also hosts two podcasts, LeaderTalk and Redesigning for Deeper Learning.

Scott currently serves as a Senior Fellow for Getting Smart, a Fellow for the NAESP Center for Innovative Leadership, an ISTE Community Leader, InnEdCO Ambassador, and on NAESP’s Professional Learning Advisory Council. He has written or edited 4 books and 170 articles and other publications, and is one of the most visible education professors in the United States. His most recent work focuses on what deeper learning looks like in elementary and middle schools.

Schedule at a Glance

Thursday

Friday

8:30 - 9:30 Session 1

9:45 - 10:45 Session 2

10:55 - 12:00 Keynote - TBD

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 Session 3

2:15 - 3:15 Session 4

3:30 - 4:15 ACTEM Awards + Raffles

4:15 - 5:30 Exhibitor Reception 

5:30 - 7:00 Board Games

6:30 - 11:00 After Hours with Carl Hooker

8am - 9am Session 1

9:10am - 10:10am Session 2

10:20am - 11:20am Keynote - Scott McLeod

11:25am - 12:10pm Vendor Scavenger Hunt and/or mini sessions + Book Signing with Keynotes & Featured Speakers

12:10pm - 1:10pm Lunch

1:20pm - 2:20pm Session 3

2:30pm - 3:30pm Session 4

3:40pm Closing + Raffles




ACTEM

Association of Computer Technology Educators of Maine

P.O. Box 187, Gorham, ME 04038

Phone: (207) 222-4353  Fax: (207) 222-2057  Email: info@actem.org