Monday, January 20, 2014

New Orleans Annual meeting Technology Preview

Top 10 Key Words @ NCTM 2014 (to see count of all
key words, click on image above.)
Welcome to my annual technology preview of the NCTM conference in New Orleans next April. There are 653 sessions of all shapes, sizes and themes. I read them all and again as in previous years I highlight a subset of sessions that have the technology principle (TP) in mind. Supporting that principle has been CLIME’s goal since TP's introduction in "Principles and Standards for School Mathematics" in 2000. More recently a new bolder theme has emerged to be CLIME’s focus something that I refer to as Math 2.0. I realize that it is not something easily defined though I keep on trying to capture its essence. My working definition of Math 2.0 is:
The New Orleans conference program committee designated several strands but only one had a technology theme: “Teachers leveraging Technology.”

At first glance I was surprised there were only 5 sessions, but what a treat these sessions appear to be! I plan to attend 4 of them skipping only Karim’s because that happens at the same time as my session. They all take place on Friday. Here’s a rundown of the sessions.

Math Teachers and Social Media: Professional Collaboration or Support Group?
Raymond Johnson
Jasperwood (Hilton)
8:00 AM-9:00 AM

Video Games and Making Math More like Things Student Like
Dan Meyer
Great Hall A/D (Convention Center)
9:30 AM-10:30 AM

Keeping It Real: Teaching Math through Real-World Topics
Karim K. Ani
Great Hall B/C (Convention Center)
11:00 AM-12:00 PM

The Mathtwitterblogosphere: Creating Your Own Online Professional Learning Communities
Ashli J. Black and Chris Hunter
225/226/227 (Convention Center)
12:30 PM-1:30 PM

One of Us: Every Teacher a Blogging Teacher
Kate Nowak
Grade Band Audience: General Interest/All Audiences
2:00 PM-3:00 PM

I’m not exactly sure why mine was left off the list since I think leveraging (using something to maximum advantage) technology is a big part of what Math 2.0 is all about.

Each of the 5 sessions focuses on themes that are significant in a Math 2.0 classroom environment: Social media, video games, real world applications and blogging as a significant new form of professional development.

Of the 653 descriptions of sessions that I read (with this vision of Math 2.0 on my mind) 161 sessions have a technology theme.  That’s almost 21% which is down from a high of 38% at the Philly Annual Meeting in 2012 and 28% in Denver in 2013.

I’ve highlighted 16 that are on my "plan to attend" list. (This list includes my session #398 on Math 2.0 at the Hilton at 11am.)

If you would like to have your session highlighted let me know. I can also add a photo and additional links to your listing.

It’s been a long time since you submitted your proposal and you might want me to add some updates to your session listing on the CLIME conference technology site. Send me an email with the updates (your photo, links, etc.) and I will immediately post them to the website.


  1. I am contacting you because I am interested in getting in touch with the members of CLIME.

    We are developing an affordable, online educational resource called Learning Bird, and we are currently looking to build our database of math lessons. Our website will grant students access to an array of lessons made by real teachers.

    This is where your organization comes in. We would like to get our message out to as many teachers as possible to let them know about this resource either by blog or newsletter. Teachers get free memberships and full access to Learning Bird, which can be used as a classroom resource, a homework facilitator, for flipping classes and for professional development. Teachers can also receive monetary rewards when students rate their lessons as helpful. Best of all, their lessons can reach students across the continent.

    We would like to know if we can contact your members, whether it be via newsletter, website, or another resource. In the meantime, we encourage you to check out our site,, for general information, and to join if you are interested in participating. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

    If you are interested in communicating with us, or have any questions or feedback please feel free to contact

    We look forward to collaborating with you,

    The Learning Bird Team.

    1. CLIME is fee free organization and does not do advertisements as a general policy. However, I allowed your comment to get posted here.That’s the best I can do.
      Best wishes,

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  3. Maybe we can get the Learning Bird people to present online as well as at NCTM if they are so inclined.