Monday, January 16, 2017

Register for #WEMTA17



Registration is now open for the 2017 WEMTA Conference from March 19-21. A conference discount is a benefit of WEMTA membership. Renew your membership for 2017 at the time of registration. Our Super Early Bird pricing for registration lasts until January 31st.

Special registration rates are available for college students and retirees who also volunteer for three hours at the conference.


Special rates are available at these four hotels for the conference: Kalahari Resort, Holiday Inn Express, Wintergreen Resort, and Great Wolf Lodge. A limited number of rooms are available at special conference pricing. You'll need the group names and reservation codes available on our our hotel page. To take advantage of these specials, place your reservation before February 19 for the Kalahari, Holiday Inn Express and Great Wolf Lodge. The cut off date for the Wintergreen Resort is March 1st. Please keep in mind that the rooms may sell out before the reservation specials end.

Trivia Night: Celebrating 25 Years of PET

Join us for an evening of entertainment and refreshments at our conference team trivia night on Monday, March 20 from 6:00-8:00 PM. Trivia night tickets can be purchased with registration for $10 a person.  Proceeds from this event will benefit WEMTA's Permanent Endowment Trust. This trust funds the Lowell Wilson Scholarship and Outreach Grants that benefit WEMTA members developing the future of our field.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

WEMTA 2017's Keynote and Spotlight Speakers

Join us March 19-21 at the Kalahari to hear from these inspirational speakers at #WETMA17. Registration opens January 1st.

Keynote Speakers

David Jakes

A recognized leader in the educational design and technology field, David Jakes focuses on using the design process to support the organizational growth, development and change required to create relevant and meaningful conditions for student learning in schools. David's thought leadership includes addressing the increased need to develop agile, connected, and personalized learning environments that support a contemporary education, and how the use of technology can be reimagined to create boundless opportunities for learning. Before his current position as Chief Design Officer of David Jakes Designs, David spent almost three decades in education as a teacher, technologist, and administrator. David's design experience includes working as a Digital Designer and Strategist for CannonDesign and The Third Teacher+, a leading architecture firm and learning space consultancy. David is a frequent presenter at national and international educational conferences where he speaks about the power and promise of a new expedition for learning, and the roles that all educators have in shaping that journey.

E.M. Kokie

E. M. Kokie writes for teens because she is drawn to stories that grapple with issues of identity and self-determination, and characters confronting the line between childhood and adulthood. Her most recent novel, Radical (Candlewick Press, 2016), explores such themes as family, identity, trust, guns, and what it really means to survive, through the eyes of a teen lesbian who is active in the survivalist movement. Her first novel, Personal Effects (Candlewick Press, 2012), was a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults and Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults Top Ten, a Lambda Literary Award Finalist, and a 2013 IRA Young Adult Honor Book. She also contributed to the anthologies Things I'll Never Say: Stories About Our Secret Selves (Candlewick Press, 2015) and Violent Ends (Simon Pulse, 2015). A lawyer by training, Emily lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her wife and pet Wookie. Emily can be found online at

Spotlight Speakers

Carolyn Foote

Carolyn Foote is a Technolibrarian interested in the intersection of technology, students and libraries. Recognized as a White House Champion of Change she focuses of the impact of mobile technologies on libraries and learning spaces. Her blog can be found at

Diana Laufenberg

For the past two decades Diana has been a secondary social studies teacher in Wisconsin, Kansas, Arizona and Pennsylvania. She most recently taught at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, an inquiry-driven, project-based high school focused on modern learning. Her practice has deep roots in experiential education, taking students from the classroom to the real world and back again. Prior to her work in Philadelphia, she was an active member of the teaching community in Flagstaff, AZ where she was named Technology Teacher of the Year for Arizona and a member of the Governor's Master Teacher Corps. Diana was featured on for her "How to Learn? From Mistakes" and recognized for earning National Board Certification. Her publications include a featured piece on the New York Times Learning blog, co-authoring a chapter in an educational leadership book, and an article in the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. In 2013, Diana Laufenberg partnered with Chris Lehmann to start Inquiry Schools, a new non-profit working to create and support learning environments that are inquiry driven, project based and utilizing modern technology. She currently serves as the Executive Director and Lead Teacher for Inquiry Schools.

Ken Shelton

Ken currently holds an M.A. in Education with a specialization in Educational Technology as well as New Media Design and Production. He has worked as an Educator for over 14 years and most recently taught technology at the Middle School level. As a part of his active involvement within the Educational Technology community, Ken is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Google Certified Teacher. Ken was also named to the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction's Education Technology Task Force. Ken regularly gives keynotes, presentations, and leads workshops, many of which are hands-on, covering a wide variety of Educational Technology, Technology Integration, Creative Expression, Visual Storytelling, and Instructional Design topics. Ken is currently the Global Keynote Specialist and Educational Technology Strategist, for EdTechTeam.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

13 days left for proposals for #WEMTA17

This year's theme is Access For All. There are just 13 days left for you to submit a proposal to speak at #WEMTA17. The conference is March 19 - March 21, 2017 at the Kalahari in Wisconsin Dells. This is a great opportunity to speak and share your expertise with many educators. Don't miss out on your chance to collaborate with some of the best educators in and out of Wisconsin.

You can plan your proposal session using this document. Included in the document are a links to the online submission form, a rubric, and session types. This year we will have Poster Sessions on Sunday afternoon too.

Deadline is Wednesday, November 30, 2016 for submission.

Feel free to pass this along to your colleagues to encourage them to present at the conference. Share your district's story.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Session proposals are now open for #WEMTA17

Submit a Breakout Session for WEMTA 2017

You can plan your proposal session using this document. Included in the document are a links to the online submission form, a rubric, and session types. This year we will have Poster Sessions on Sunday afternoon too.

Deadline is Wednesday, November 30, 2016 for submission.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Google Expeditions Opportunity

We were fortunate enough to have two Google Expeditions Product Specialists at our #WEMTA16 Conference. Jason Howard and Porsha Sanchez would like to extend an offer to all of you that may have not been able to attend our conference.

Below is a link to a spreadsheet for people interested in getting Google Expeditions to visit them during the late spring AND summer season. Google is pushing to visit places and events such as libraries, community centers, schools, summer school programs, summer enrichment programs, summer camps, STEM programs, or anything that can get the program further out to students.
Please use this link to signup to get contacted with more information about bringing the Google Expeditions event to you yet this school year or this summer -

Tina Heizman
Conference Co-Chair