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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

Bring 3D into the classroom — free! Video contest for educators!

16 Apr

Many of you know that I directed the pilot for the world’s first 3D document camera at our elementary school a couple of years ago.  The 3D Ladibug document camera is a fantastic learning tool; I saw great results with attention, learning, and behavior when using it at my school with teachers and students.

Ladibug Video ConferenceRight now, Lumens Integration, Inc. – the creator of the 3D Ladibug – is hosting a video contest for educators.  This contest gives educators the chance to showcase their best practices and innovative ideas with document cameras in four categories…. and possibly win some great prizes:

Ladibug Video Contest Prizes

Those who would like to compete in the contest need to complete a 1-5 minute video featuring a Ladibug document camera by May 1, 2013.  What’s interesting is that on the contest website they offer to loan a doc cam to any educator for 30 days, so that all teachers have a chance to compete.  Even though it has to eventually be returned, it’s a great opportunity for teachers without a digital camera, video camera or doc cam to use a powerful tool for demonstrations and media creation with their students for that month, too.

I know that, as educators, you are already putting so many hours into planning impactful learning experiences that will make a difference with your students.  So, if you are interested in 3D or document cameras, this looks like a great way to get some recognition for all of that hard work… and bring cutting edge technology into your classrooms in the process!