Computers & Technology Network News
I can’t believe another new year is beginning, and even though it seems like our annual NAGC convention was just a few weeks ago, planning is already underway for next year.
Do you have something to share? You may not think so, but did you know that about 75% of conference attendees are classroom teachers, either working in the general classroom or in gifted education? Did you know that many participants will be ﬁrst-time attendees because this is the ﬁrst time that we have been in the Southwest in a very long time? Much of what we, as teachers, do every year and every day can be great topics to present to others. Sharing our knowledge is what the conference is all about! Submitting a Proposal? Deadline is Feb. 11, 2015 !
NAGC’s 2015 Convention in Phoenix, Arizona, November 12-15, 2015 by February 11, 2015, 11:59 PM Eastern.
Some of the themes identiﬁed for the 2015 Convention include:
• supporting underrepresented populations
• equity of access to identiﬁcation, programs and services
• attending to the whole child
• addressing social and emotional needs
• arts education and fostering creativity
• the twice-exceptional learner
• innovative uses of technology
For more information, click below:
There are many current opportunities to participate in the Computers & Technology Network!
1. Review Proposals
We always need a group of reviewers who will read and evaluate convention proposals. There is a set criteria already in place, and the process is all done electronically. Each reviewer receives access to a certain number of proposals to rate. You will be one of three reviewers for each proposal. In our network, the number depends greatly on the number of reviewers available, but generally is around 12-15.
2. Become our Program Chair
We are in great need of a Program Chair. If you have been a reviewer in the past, the Program Chair is a next step. The Chair reviews the ﬁnal results from all proposal reviewers and coordinates the results with NAGC staff members and the Network Chair and Chair Elect as we select our ﬁnal convention proposals.
3. Apply to run for Chair Elect of Computers & Technology Network
There will be an opening for a new Chair Elect for our Network. Please see the information below for more details.
In accordance with NAGC nomination and elections procedures, NAGC voting members in good standing are invited to submit an application for Network Chair-Elect. The term for successful candidates for Chair-Elect is two years, followed by another two years as Chair. The term of ofﬁce begins on September 1, 2015.
! Qualifications Successful candidates must:
•Be an NAGC member in good standing.
•Demonstrate experience as a strong facilitator, communicator, and consensus builder.
•Possess documented experience, service, or scholarship in gifted education.
•All candidates must have been a member of the Network they wish to chair for 2 years.
How To Apply:
Download the cover sheet. A complete application includes the cover sheet and the following information:
•Name, home address, phone number, and email address
•A statement of candidacy including a vision for the Network (150 words maximum)
•A resume, CV, or statement that includes:
Career Highlights and History
Details of NAGC Participation
Signiﬁcant Leadership Activities
The C&T Network Blog is updated with the latest from the Speed Geeking Playground NAGC 2014
The Speed Geeks presented a fun and informative fast walk through incredible classroom-friendly technology resources. Whether you want to use Waterlogue to transform a favorite photo into a watercolor painting, or create a virtual field trip using Sphere360, the Speed Geeks of 2014 have great list of resources for you to use in the year 2015! Learn more about the resources at the C&T Network Blog, Facebook, or Twitter at #NAGCTechNet.
Computers & Technology Mission
The Computers & Technology Network believes that computers and other types of information technology constitute an intrinsic and immensely powerful aspect of learning in our world today and that the appropriate use of such tools provides greatly enhanced control over information access for learners of all types. Therefore, it is the commitment of the Network to initiate, develop, and implement practices and materials that will promote the use of all types of information technology to improve the teaching and learning process.
Speciﬁcally, the Network will undertake activities that will:
•Promote the recognition and acceptance of, and the commitment to, information technology skills as a fundamental area of training for gifted and talented students.
•Promote research in areas relating to the use of information technologies in education.
•Provide practical strategies and activities to foster the use of information technologies in education.
Current Network interests include:
•Empirically sound Instructional Technology strategies to integrate into the gifted education classroom.
•Promote the use of technology in educating the gifted.
•Instructional Technology focused professional development for teachers of the gifted
•Identifying appropriate Instructional Technology resources.
We hope to hear from you soon!
Cindy Sheets, Chair
Kristina Ayers-Paul, Chair-Elect
Dallas Price, Communications Coordinator