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Where to Catch Nancye Blair Black at #ISTE18!

24 Jun

It’s a beautiful morning here in Chicago. The sun has been shining since 5:15 AM!

I, for one, am so excited for this year’s ISTE Conference! Learning, networking, fun… Plus, I had the chance to work on three incredible projects that ISTE is launching this year, so being here to share in this moment of powerful growth in the edtech field is incredibly meaningful as well. (More info on those to follow!)

This year at the conference, I’m most looking forward to two things — continuing to support my fellow edtech-ers through my presentations AND connecting with those who are passionate about transforming education.

A list of my sessions is below. If you can make it, I would love to see you there. Be sure to say hi!

And if you can’t make it to the sessions, don’t hesitate to say hello in the hall, at a reception, or to reach out via Twitter (@NancyeBlackEdu) to connect for coffee or a drink! These connections are what ISTE is all about!


My Sessions at #ISTE18

From Student to Author: Innovative Writing Instruction for the Digital Age (Workshop Code: WORKSP125)

Sunday, June 24, 12:30–3:30 pm
Location: Hyatt Regency Grant C

Discover free and innovative ways that web and mobile technologies can develop voice, focus, dialogue, figurative language and more in your budding elementary writers. With the ideas, student samples, rubrics and practical resources you need, transformational writing instruction is just a session away! (More info…)


Promote Student Voice Through Elementary Technology Centers (Poster)

Tuesday, June 26, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Location: Posters; Level 3, Skyline Ballroom Pre-function, Table 20

Centers are an ideal way to provide differentiation and independence in the elementary classroom. Certain types of centers, like podcasting or graphic design, also promote student voice through media creation. Learn to empower and showcase students’ voices through six types of dynamic centers. Lesson templates included! (More info…)


Flip Your PD: Top Tips and Tools For Creating PD Videos (BYOD – Sold out!)

Wednesday, June 27, 1:00–2:00 pm
Location: W194b

A Flipped PD approach to professional development provides personalized, just-in-time teacher education that works! Make the most of your PD efforts by learning how to create and integrate powerful flipped PD videos from a nationally recognized trainer who will share her favorite strategies and tools. (More info…)


Taking Mobile Learning to the Next Level (15 min Showcase – 2 days!)

Tuesday, June 26, 5:25–5:40 pm
Wednesday, June 27, 11:45 am – 12:00 pm

Location: ISTE Central Stage

The ISTE Standards cast a vision for learning. A vision that is student-driven, empowers student voice, and promotes connections across classrooms and cultures. Mobile learning – using portable technology to increase flexibility in the classroom and authentic learning beyond the classroom -uniquely holds the capacity to realize the entirety of this vision in the classroom. Learn more about strategies and opportunities to advance your school or district’s mobile learning initiative!

FSTE Events at FETC

22 Jan

fstelogoIf you are a Florida educator and you haven’t checked out the Florida Society for Technology in Education, I highly recommend that you do.  The Florida Society for Technology in Education is a growing organization focused on providing high quality networking, professional development, and advocacy opportunities for Florida educators. FSTE is also Florida’s ISTE Affiliate for educators and educational stakeholders.

I have been a member of FSTE for several years and have had the honor to serve on the Board of Directors for the last two and a half years. Through this organization, I have made some of my greatest friends in edtech. This year, I am proud to be the President of this organization…. and would love to see more of Florida’s educators join (for only $25!). The more we work together, the greater impact we can make throughout the entire state.

If you are attending FETC, there are 4 great ways to learn more about FSTE and get involved. I would love to see you there!

Visit the FSTE Booth
Thursday, January 22 – Friday, January 23
Convention Center – 2nd Floor Hall

Attend our session:
5 Ways YOU Can Advocate for Edtech in Florida
With FL DOE and FSTE Board
Friday, January 23rd
12:00 – 12:40 PM
Room 230E

Come to our meeting:
FSTE 2015 Annual Meeting & Reception
Friday, January 23rd @ 1:00 PM
Room S331A
Free for members
$5 non-members/guests
Cake and refreshments
Time to meet and learn with other Florida educators
 Susan Bearden & John Lien

Presentation of Making IT Happen Awards
Sneak Peek into upcoming FSTE plans
Raffle prizes including: 2 iPod Nanos, 2 Bluetooth styli,
Science4Us, VocabularySpellingCity, fantastic edtech books,
free ISTE membership, FSTE t-shirts
And more!

Register NOW:

Join our discussions:
FSTE Hot Topics Campfire Discussions
Friday, January 23rd
2:00 – 2:40 PM
Room S331A


What type of 3D display options does my school have?

31 Jan

While this is a complex topic that I will continue to address in the future, a simple list of options with pros and cons is a great start to the conversation.  Here goes!

Nancye Blair Black's 3D Display Guide

Nancye Black

Nancye Blair Black is an award-winning educator, speaker, author and consultant.  She is the Founder and Chair of ISTE’s Special Interest Group for 3D in Education ( and recently published a chapter on 3D document camera use in the IGI Global book, Cases on 3D Technology Application and Integration in Education.

This week in PD: 2 ISTE & STEMx Webinars on 3D in Education

16 Sep

As it happens, when you let the webinars fall where they may, sometimes you end up with a unique week like this one!  This week, I will be presenting two free opportunities to explore the use of 3D in education.

Here’s the scoop:

ISTE SIG3D Webinar:

How to Write a Great Proposal for ISTE 2014…
     and Why SIG3D Members Should!
Tuesday, September 17 @ 8 PM ET/ 7 PM CT/ 6 PM MT/ 5 PM PT

Register for the free webinar here.

Do you have a great 3D idea, lesson, concept, research study or practice that other educators would benefit from? If so, you should consider submitting a proposal to present at ISTE 2014. With growing interest in 3D Design, 3D Printing, and Stereoscopic 3D from ISTE members and the educational community, it has never been more important to represent these emerging and innovative fields at the annual conference! Join us to learn tips for submitting, hear from experienced ISTE presenters, and even connect with other 3D educators to help form potential sessions, posters, forums and more!


STEMx Virtual Conference Session:

In Depth Education: Using 3D Technologies to Enhance STEMx
Saturday, September 21 @ 1 PM ET/ 12 PM CT/ 11 AM MT/ 10 AM PT

Sign up for the free conference here.

Link to the session:

Teaching and learning with 3D technologies have proven to improve student achievement, attention, behavior, and more! Learn how three types of 3D educational applications can enhance your STEM learning at all grade levels!

– Stereoscopic 3D (s3D): Stereoscopic 3D is the most classic use of the term 3D. Most people are familiar with this type of 3D from experiencing it in 3D cinemas and theme park rides, which date back to the early 1900s. Whether with glasses or new glasses-free displays, s3D videos and simulations are increasing students learning gains in classrooms around the world.

– 3D Design (Rendering): As the use of digital tools allowed for the design and rendering of animated objects, the term 3D was expanded to include the rendering of 3-dimensional objects for two-dimensional display viewing. Progressive uses in education may include augmented reality, virtual environments, simulations, video-game creation, and design work using programs like Google Sketch-Up and Autodesk Maya.

– 3D Printing: 3D printing (also known as additive manufacturing) allows for the physical production of digitally designed three-dimensional objects in a variety of tangible materials from plastic to metal to human tissue. Recently, even President Barack Obama publicly recognized the powerful impact that 3D printing can and will have on American manufacturing and industry. While this process has been expanding rapidly in the corporate market, it is just beginning to enter the educational arena through the “maker” movement, giving students the opportunity to engage an iterative engineering design process firsthand.

While each of these provides powerful opportunities for learning, together they comprise an essential triumvirate for developing the skills and knowledge needed for success in the emerging fields and careers of the twenty-first century. In this session, we will explore the basics of these 3D technologies, research-based benefits to integration, and how to get started integrating 3D into your STEMx education!


Nancye Black

Nancye Blair Black is an award-winning educator, author and educational consultant.  She currently serves as the Chair of ISTE’s Special Interest Group for 3D in Education ( and recently published a chapter on 3D document camera use in the IGI Global book, Cases on 3D Technology Application and Integration in Education.  Her blogs and resources regarding 3D can be found at


6 Places to Find Me at ISTE 2013

21 Jun

Greetings from San Antonio!

Tomorrow begins an exciting week of ed tech wonderment. Here are six sessions/events that I am involved in at ISTE 2013. Come out and join me — and be sure to say hello!



Saturday, June 23 – 8:30-11:30 AM
Workshop: Write Here, Write Now: Engaging Writing Activities for Elementary Students

Sunday, June 24 – 3:00-5:00 PM
SIG3D Open House at the ISTE Member Networking Fair
SACC Tower View Lobby

Monday, June 25 – 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Poster: In Depth Education: Diving into Stereoscopic 3D Learning and Creating
SACC Tower View Lobby, Table 7

Monday, June 25 – 5:00-7:00 PM
ISTE Young Educators Network (YEN) Social Event
Lonesome Dove

Tuesday, June 26 – 5:00-6:15 PM
SIG3D Inaugural Gathering
SACC Social Butterfly and Newbie Lounge, West Reg

Wednesday, June 27 – 8:30-11:30 AM
Workshop: Powerful Technology Centers for Elementary Students (sold out)
SACC 209