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Call for BLOCK 1 Presentations


The 2011 MLTI Student Conference Call for Presenters is now open. Below is the Call for Presenters that has been sent out. Please note the significant changes in Block 1 Sessions that are outlined in the Call. This change reflects the Planning Committee's commitment to making sure all sessions presented by students are well attended. It also represents a compelling opportunity for the 4 teams selected, as they will be presenting to 1000 participants in Block 1 in the Hutchins Concert Hall.


Proposals will be accepted through March 31, 2011.




Taking inspiration from the TED Talks (, four Student-Teacher Teams will be selected to present in Block 1 of the 2011 MLTI Student Conference. The presentations will be limited to 18 minutes each. Block 1 will be held in the Hutchins Concert Hall in the Collins Center for the Arts, and so these 4 presentations will be made to all 1000 conference participants!


Student-Teacher Presentations in Block 1 will:

  • Empower MLTI students and teachers to be more effective users of technology to support education
  • Encourage utilization of aspects of the MLTI MacBooks and the MLTI software image that may currently be under-utilized across the state
  • Demonstrate how the MLTI MacBooks and the MLTI software image can be used to make a real difference for Maine people in Maine communities
  • Demonstrate socially positive uses of the MLTI MacBooks and the MLTI software image
  • Convey their content in an engaging and effective way


If you would like a Student-Teacher Team from your school to be considered for selection as one of these four presenting teams, you must do 2 things:

  1. Submit a written Block 1 Session proposal via the proposal form.
  2. Create (and provide online access via URL to) an "audition video" that will help MLTI Student Conference Planners understand why your team should be selected as one of the presenting teams in Block 1. This URL will be submitted via the proposal form.


It is assumed that each of these sessions will empower MLTI Student Conference participants with one or two new technical skills and then inspire folks with what can be accomplished because of access to these new skills. These sessions will need to be empowering, brisk and purposeful.


We have updated the NoteShare Notebook (originally developed in 2010 to help folks prepare highly engaging conference session proposals) to reflect the new format.

  • Please click here to view the notebook online. You can also download a copy of the notebook by following the instructions on page 4.
  • The notebook has also been printed to a PDF document, which can be downloaded here.


Again, thank you so much for you and your students' considering proposing a session at this year's conference. As always, we are looking for presentations that will leave participants saying things like, "Wow - that was cool! I learned how to do some great stuff." "The kids loved it. And I learned a trick or two as well. I wonder if we could..." "I never knew I could do that... I'll have to play around with that." "Hmmm... I can see myself at UMaine." "I guess I am pretty good at working with this computer." "I hope I remember everything I learned!" "Hey, let me show you something I learned at the Student Conference." "I hope they do this again next year!"


And of course, Block 1 presenting teams will have their registration fees paid in full, including the ever-elusive "free lunch."


Let us know if there is any way we can help by contacting us at: