ACTEM 2023 Fall Conference

36th Annual Education Technology Conference

Oct. 12-13, 2023  •  Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, ME

Conference Co-Chairs:

Amanda Nguyen will return as conference co-chair for 2023 and joining her will be a long-time well known Maine educator recently retired from Yarmouth Schools - Alice Barr.


This year’s theme will be Impact ME. We hope to have a wide variety of presentations that serve multiple audiences and content areas.

New this year: Board Game Night

Dan Ryder and Todd Abbott will be hosting a late afternoon Board game session on Thursday after the vendor session from 5:30 - 6:30 until After Hours starts. People are welcome to drop in. Snacks and drinks will be available. Bring your favorite board game or see what Dan and Todd have going on!

Join us for the 2nd Annual After Hours Event!

Carl Hooker returns for the 2nd 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! 

Get full Event Schedule, Session, and Speaker details and put together your own #ACTEM23 Schedule on Sched!


    The 2023 Conference Program includes...

    Two full days of engaging professional development.

    • Dynamic Keynote Speakers
    • Over 100 workshop sessions
    • 30+ Exhibitors
    • Our 2nd annual  ACTEM After Hours

    Register before September 22, 2023 for the 

    Early-Bird Discount Rate!

    One-day Pass  --  $145 Non-Members & $125 for ACTEM Members

    Two-day Pass  --  $235 Non-Members & $215 for ACTEM Members

    ACTEM Individual Members save $20 on conference registration!

    Member discount applied after verification of current individual membership.  

    PLEASE NOTE:  A school or district's Institutional membership does not qualify all staff for the $20 member discount.


    Check out the new 2023 Exhibit Hall Map to select you desired booth locations for the registration form.

    Check out the the Exhibitor Information Packet for detailed information for exhibitors plus special sponsorship options.


    ACTEM offers reduced conference registration fees for K-12 student presenters, college student presenters, college student attendees, district administrators from institutional members, and groups of 20 or more staff from one district.

    More information

    ACTEM Conference Hotel:

    Comfort Inn Civic Center
    281 Civic Center Dr., Augusta, ME, 04330, US

    ACTEM Conference Rate:  $107 per night

    Call:   877-424-6423   --  Ask for ACTEM Conference Rate

    or register via this link:

    Keynote Speaker  Carl Hooker

    Carl Hooker is returning to Maine this fall as a conference keynote - ready to jump into the latest innovations in technology with all of us. He will also be the MC for the very popular ACTEM After Hours activities again this year.
    Carl is the “Godfather” of the “Learning Festival” known as LearnFestATX (formerly iPadpalooza) has grown into a global phenomenon over the years. This learning festival has impacted schools and districts from all over the world. The event has even inspired spin-off events in other states as well as in Australia.

    Carl Hooker has been a part of a strong educational shift with technology integration since becoming an educator. From his start as a teacher to district technology leadership, he’s always had one common belief – the kids need to drive their own learning. He realizes the challenges in our current public educational institutions and meets them head on. His unique blend of educational background, technical expertise, and humor make him a successful driving force for this change.

    Carl brings his 20+ years of educational background, technology integration, and outside-the-box thinking to all of his talks. His unique blend of humor and practical advice is a powerful message for any school, district, or conference!

    Keynote Speaker Patricia J. Brown

    Patricia J. Brown, also known as "MsEdtechie," is a dedicated and innovative educator with a strong commitment to promoting student growth through effective technology integration. With over 21 years of experience in education, she is passionate about breaking down traditional classroom barriers and creating an inclusive culture that fosters authentic learning and the 4Cs (communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity). As the Director of Technology in St. Louis, Missouri, she works tirelessly to bridge the digital equity divide by providing students of all ages with enriching and innovative experiences that address their diverse interests and needs.

    Patricia is an active member of the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) Board of Directors. Her impressive track record includes being recognized as a National School Board Association's 20 to Watch in EdTech, an Apple Distinguished Educator, a Google for Education Champion, Trainer, and Innovator, and a PBS Lead LearningMedia Digital Innovator for Missouri. In 2006, she was honored as Teacher of The Year for the St. Louis Public Schools.

    Patricia's expertise and passion have been featured in various EdTech publications such as Tech & Learning Magazine, Scholastic Administrator Magazine, Edtech Magazine, and Entrsekt Magazine. She is a sought-after national keynote speaker and presenter, having been featured as a TED Master Class speaker at the ISTE 2018 conference in Chicago, Illinois.

    Beyond her professional accomplishments, Patricia is a proud wife to her husband, Brian, and a devoted mom to their five sons.

    Schedule at a Glance

    Thursday, Oct 12th

     7:00 AM
     Registration Opens
     7:00 - 10:30 AM
     Exhibitor Set Up Time
     8:30 - 9:30 AM
     Session 1
     9:45 - 10:45 AM
     Session 2
     10:55 - Noon
     Thursday Keynote (Patricia Brown)
     Noon - 1:00 PM
     Noon - 5:30 PM
     Exhibit Hall Open
     1:00 - 2:00 PM
     Session 3
     2:15 - 3:15 PM
     Session 4
     3:25 - 4:00 PM

     ACHIEVE & John Lunt Friend of Technology Awards and

    Thursday Door Prizes

     4:00 - 5:30 PM
     Vendor Reception
     5:30 - 7:00 PM  Board Game Night
     6:30 - 11:00 PM  ACTEM After Hours Event

    Friday. Oct 13th

     7:00 AM  Registration Opens
     8:00 - 9:00 AM  Session 1
     9:15 - 10:15 AM  Friday Keynote (Carl Hooker)
     10:15 -11:00 AM  Exhibitor Time - Morning Break
     11:00 AM - Noon  Session 2
     12:15 - 1:10 PM  Lunch Sessions
     1:20 - 2:20 PM  Session 3
     2:30 - 3:30 PM  Session 4
     3:30 - 4:00 PM  Closing Session & Door Prizes

    Full Schedule

    Call for Proposals:

    The call for proposals for ACTEM’s 36th annual fall conference is now OPEN! We welcome teachers, integrators, coaches, vendors, and tech folks to submit conference session presentation proposals through June 1, 2023.

    Please submit your proposal HERE  or copy and paste this link into your browser:

    Please reach out to conference co-chairs Amanda Nguyen and Alice Barr at:


    Association of Computer Technology Educators of Maine

    P.O. Box 187, Gorham, ME 04038

    Phone: (207) 222-4353  Fax: (207) 222-2057  Email: