NCAIS INNOVATE – “A History”
Celebrating our 5th Anniversary as a conference, NCAIS TECH changes its name to NCAIS INNOVATE to show the growth in our conference from just tech to teaching and learning in the digital age. Held on March 11th and 12th at Cary Academy in Cary we expanded our format from a single full-day conference to a one and one-half day conference and also added SPARKING Education sessions where presenters did 20 slides in 5 minutes. 125 attendees, 17 vendors, and 30 sessions are offered.
The hosts of 21st Century Learning on EdTechTalk, Arvind Grover (Hewitt School, NY), Alex Ragone (Collegiate School, NY), and Vinnie Vrotny (North Shore Country Day, IL) join us and kick start the conference with a live broadcast of their show including guests Meredith Stewart (Cary Academy, NC), Bill Ferriter (Salem Middle School, NC) and Kelly Hines (Chocowinity Primary School, NC).
NCAIS TECH 2009, “21st Century Learning and the Rebirth of Education” takes place on March 26th at Providence Day School in Charlotte. 120 attendees, 14 vendors, and 19 sessions are offered.
Ian Jukes, Educational Futurist and Director of the InfoSavvy Group, runs a 3-hour workshop on Understanding Digital Kids.
NCAIS TECH 2008, “Taking IT to the Next Level…IT’s Not Just for IT Directors Anymore…” takes place on February 20th at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh. Building on the momentum of previous years the conference attendance doubles to over 100 attendees,16 vendors, and offers 18 sessions.
Suzanne McLaron, Director of Worldwide Sales Force Development @ Cisco gives the Keynote Address.
NCAIS TECH 2007, “Where Do We Go From Here” takes place on February 19th at Providence Day School in Charlotte. With over 50 attendees and 7 vendors the conference features 5 sessions.
Olgetree Deakins’ Labor and Employment Practice speaks to attendees on ‘Managing Electronic Information under the new E-Discovery Rule Changes.’
NCAIS TECH 2006 takes place on March 16th at Trinity School of Durham & Chapel Hill in Durham. With close to 40 attendees and just 6 vendors the conference offers NCAIS technology directors the chance to gather and share during 5 sessions.
Dr. Barry Adams, an Apple Education Technology Consultant, is the lunchtime keynote speaker.
In the Fall of 2005, Jason Ramsden (The Hill Center), Laura Sanders (The Trinity School of Durham), and Matt Scully (Providence Day) separately approach then Executive Director of NCAIS, Gordon Bingham, regarding a need for NCAIS Technology Folks to meet annually. Mr. Bingham puts the three Directors of Technology in touch and NCAIS TECH is born the following spring.