Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Learn with David Jakes at #WEMTA17

A recognized leader in the educational design 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 connected and personalized learning environments that support a contemporary education, and how technology can be used to create boundless opportunities for learning. 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.


Keynote: Reimagining the Spaces in Which We Learn

It's not hard to recognize the typical "classroom." They haven't changed much. And while we can honor all the learning that has taken place in that space, there is more to understand about how spaces can be designed to create environments that serve learners in 2017 and beyond. Today, students have an opportunity to learn within an ever-expanding learning space, on that is filled with opportunities seek a personalized approach to learning and learning that is free from the constraints of time, space and place. Join David jakes as we re-vision the intersection of space and learning, and build a new new understanding about how learning institutions can create exciting and transformative physical and virtual spaces that afford students choice and ownership of their learning.

Breakout Session: Towards the Design of Contemporary Library Spaces

As the intellectual heart of a school, how the library supports student learning is simply mission-critical With this as a grounding construct, we explore the changing nature of what a library is, what it means for learning, and how this translates into the effective design of library spaces. We consider the library as a spatial ecology, giving attendees the opportunity to consider how a physical and digital library can work together to provide an always-on, connective experience that will resonate with today's students. Finally, our exploration of "library" presents the design process as a methodology that librarians can use to continually align and evolve the programs and spaces of the library to create meaningful capacities for student learners Join in for an enriching conversation about the intersection of library, space, and design.


Breakout Session: Classroom Makeover: Hack, Prototype and Design

In this session, we'll explore a simple design process that can be used to rethink and redo classroom space. We'll deconstruct both successful and unsuccessful spaces to illustrate the principles of effective design and provide simple but elegant "hacks" that can help you create more effective spaces. Leave the session with strategies for improving classroom spaces tomorrow, over a month, and in a year.

Monday, February 13, 2017

#WEMTA17 Early Bird Registration Ends February 24

Take advantage of our early bird pricing and register now for the 2017 WEMTA conference. A special discount is available for students and retirees who also volunteer at the event.

Special rates are available at four hotels for #WEMTA17: 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. Please keep in mind that the rooms may sell out before the reservation specials end.

We hope to see you March 19-21 at the Kalahari.

Want Your Favorite Vendor at #WEMTA17?

Is there a company you love to work with or that your school could not do without? Share our exhibitor registration with that company as we would love to have them in our conference exhibit hall during our March conference.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Volunteer at #WEMTA17

Our conference is made possible through the work of volunteers. Whether you enjoy working with technology, photography or helping others, consider volunteering for a few hours at our event.  Choose from a variety of different volunteer positions available March 19-21.

This year we are using for our volunteer communications. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

WEMTA17 Trivia Night for PET

WEMTA17 Trivia Night for PET

Monday, March 20



Join us Monday, March 20, at 6:00 PM at the Kalahari for at #WEMTA17's Trivia Night sponsored by Follett School Solutions.

Go head-to-head with America's Pub Quiz trivia in this team-style competition. Enjoy music, food, beverages and the challenge of finding answers after a day of learning at the conference. Come with a team of 4-6 or join a team at the event.

Trivia Night tickets cost $10 per person. Please register in advance. Limited tickets may be available the day of the event.

Proceeds from this event will benefit WEMTA's Permanent Endowment Trust (PET). This trust funds the Lowell Wilson Scholarship and Outreach Grants that benefit WEMTA members and future developments in our field. PET is celebrating its 25th year of supporting WEMTA! Brush up on WEMTA history for some highlighted questions at this event.

#WEMTA17 Sessions Posted

The program sessions are now posted. Check out all the great keynotes, spotlight speakers, authors, workshops, and presenters that will be at #WEMTA17. There is something for everyone!

Make sure to register early to get your discount. Hotel rooms at the Kalahari are going fast. Take time to make your reservation too. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

2017 WEMTA Author Fair

Join us on March 19 for our conference author fair. On that Sunday, you'll have the opportunity to meet over twenty Wisconsin authors from 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM. Authors appearing at this event include: Valerie Biel, Julie Bowe, Barbara M. Britton, Tricia Clasen, Liz Czukas, Erin Fallingant, Pat Hall, Anne Horjus, Kelly Jensen, Bridget Birdsall, Jane Kelley, E. M. Kokie, Eileen Lucas, Marla McKenna, Miranda Paul, KW Penndorf, Gayle Rosengren, Rebecca Williams Spindler, Angie Stanton, Amanda Zieba, and JoAnn Early Macken.

You'll have the opportunity to meet the authors, have books signed and attend special author presentations around different topics. These topics will be announced in the coming weeks.

Barnes & Noble will be providing book sales for this event. Discover more information about the authors and event.

Early bird registration for the conference ends January 31st. Register now to get the best deal on the author fair and conference.