Special Events

Book Signings & Bookstore

  • Thursday Bookstore ~ provided by Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord, will have books for sale by our keynotes and titles selected by the CMTC Steering Committee. Here is a chance to do some Christmas shopping while attending CMTC.
  • Book Signings ~ on both Tuesday and Thursday following the keynote, both George and Paul will be available for book signings. George Couros will be in the Salon Lobby to sign copies of his latest book, The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity. Paul Reynolds will be signing his book, Going Places in the Webster Room.

REInvented Thursday

CMTC is excited to announce a totally Reinvented Thursday experience in the Expo Center!

Thursday in the Expo Center is going to be a busy place with the following events:

  • Join educators and exhibitors in the EdTech Playgrounds interactive spaces where you can explore hands-on activities covering topics such as: Digital Age Library, MakerSpaces, Assistive Technology, Technology & the Early Learner, Coding & Robotics, GAFE, Augmented/Virtual Reality, and Video Production. Explore and play a little or a lot, there is plenty to engage and excite!
  • Both the Teacher Showcase and Student STE(A)M Showcase are scheduled for Thursday ~ teachers in the morning from 9:30 to 11:00 and students in the afternoon from 1:30 to 3:00.
  • Thursday exhibitors focus exclusively on non-profit organizations and companies serving the needs of school libraries and media centers. Visit with representatives from museums and educational organizations that offer exciting onsite and online student activities for expanding your classroom walls with authentic learning experiences! Discuss with industry leaders how you can reimagine and reinvent your library space physically, digitally, and pedagogically!


Collaboratory MakerSpace


Brought to in partnership with the teacher librarians at the NH School Library Media Association (NHSLMA) in the Expo Center!!!

The Collaboratory MakerSpace is dedicated to highlighting the engaging and practical hands-on approach to learning that is gaining educators’ attention. In addition to the Collaboratory MakerSpace sessions that take place during concurrent sessions, there will be a number of exciting maker displays in the Expo Center to inform attendees of the potential of “making/hands-on” learning in the classroom. From quirky robotic hands to a zipline racers, the Collaboratory MakerSpace showcases the role that making things can play in learning environments. Join NHSLMA members in “making” some engagement and fun happen!

All attendees receive:

  • The opportunity to make one of several different Makerspace projects
  • ~ from high to low tech, from solitary to participatory ~
  • A sandwich bag with an activity in a bag
  • ~ something for you to take back to school and easily replicate ~
  • list of material ideas
  • ~ a grocery list to use to collect materials for your Makerspace ~

A QR code to a website where you can go for more curated ideas

 NHSLMA Collaboratory Makerspace Schedule

Date Session Session Activity All Day Activity
Tuesday T1 10:30-11:30 Googly Monster Button Maker
November 29 T2 12:00-1:00 Makey Makey Portable Lego Wall
  T3 1:30-2:30 Gyroscopic Whirligig Marble Roller Coaster
  T4 3:15-4:15 Bee-Bots  
Wednesday W1 10:30-11:30 Gyroscopic whirligig Button Maker
November 30 W2 12:00-1:00 Makey Makey Portable Lego Wall
  W3 1:30-2:30 Bee-Bots Marble Roller Coaster
  W4 3:15-4:15 Googly Monster  
Thursday Th1 10:00-11:00 Bee-Bots or Makey Makey Button Maker
December 1 Th2 11:30-12:30 Googly Monster Portable Lego Wall
  Th3 1:00-2:00 Smorgasbord! Leftovers from last year and other session? Marble Roller Coaster

30th Anniversary Celebration

You are Invited to Celebrate 30 Years of Exploring the Role of Technology in Teaching and Learning!

It is hard to believe that the first Apple microcomputer was created in the garage of Steve Jobs with Steve Wozniak in 1976! It took over 10 years for Apple to develop and market their first successful product, the Apple II in 1977 - an 8-bit home computer, with the 6502 microprocessor, a 24 lines by 40 column display, and 4kB of RAM. That same year the Commodore PET 2001 and RadioShack TRS-80 were also introduced to the personal computing market. What a difference 30 years has made!!!

Christa said, “I touch the future, I teach!” Teachers in the 21st century must teach students to think, explore, learn, communicate, collaborate, and create using a diverse array of digital resources. In Christa’s memory and vision, the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference has provided a platform for New England educators to share their experiences and expertise since 1986! The venue has changed, the technology has evolved, but the relationships formed at CMTC continue to grow and expand each and every year.

Please join us as we celebrate 30 years of educators sharing and networking with educators to prepare “our” students for “their” future.

Celebration activities include birthday cake, balloons, and lots of fun each afternoon ~ Tuesday and Wednesday during the “health break” and Thursday during the closing session. Additional birthday surprises are happening throughout each day as well ~ come celebrate with us!

Explore the EdTech Museum in the Bloggers’ Café and remember how much technology has changed over the past 30 years. This will be an amazing walk down memory lane!

If you missed it at CMTC 2016, please check out the EdTech Timeline online it was located in the hallway just past the Main Registration Desk on the way to the parking garage. Created by 5 student teams, from elementary to high school, they highlight 50 years of the major milestones in the development of educational technology. Add your own memories to the timeline and relive the role technology has played in education and explore the influence education of on technology growth and development!

Parent Forum


Last year we offered a free parent forum titled Cyberbullying, Sexting, & Unwise Social Networking: The Role of Parents, presented by one of our distinguished keynote speakers, Sameer Hinduja, co-director of the Cyberbulling Research Center as part of the 2015 Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference. This forum was so well received we have another invitation!

This year the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference invites you to join us for a FREE showing of the award-winning documentary SCREENAGERS for parents and their teenagers, followed by questions and answers with a panel of educators and administrators. SCREENAGERS is an hour-long documentary by physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston, who probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics, and internet addiction. The average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

Light refreshments will be served. SCREENAGERS is appropriate for adults and teens.

What SCREENAGERS showing followed by a Panel with Questions & Answers
Where Radisson Hotel
700 Elm Street
Manchester, NH
Session will be held in Salon A
When Monday, November 28, 2016 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
RSVP Link http://tinyurl.com/CMTC16-RSVP

Please RSVP for this FREE by Wednesday, November 23rd