Technology is Hot Topic at NCEA Convention

300 Professional Development Seminars will be offered for Parish and School Catholic Educators. Click here.


300 Professional Development Seminars will be offered for Parish and School Catholic Educators.

Over Twenty Technology Workshops Address Digital Trends and Solutions.

The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) Convention & Expo is coming to the Orange County Convention Center, April 7 – 9, 2015. Over 300 professional development workshops are being offered. Topics include: Catholic identity and faith formation, curriculum, school finance, institutional governance, exceptional learners, technology, marketing, enrollment, and much more.

The integration of technology is one of the key topics to be thoroughly explored at the NCEA convention. With ever changing technology products and trends for educators and students alike, NCEA has dedicated a substantial portion of the learning opportunities to this topic, hosting more than twenty seminars that delve into hot technology topics.

“Learning to Do More with Less—Incorporating Technology into Learning” is one example. This session highlights strategies for increasing the use of technology even amid budget restrictions. Participants will learn how to build a technology roadmap using creative and no-cost methods to implement a network infrastructure, hardware, and software in order to improve and enhance student learning.

“Learning to do More with Lesswill be co-presented by teacher Sarah Fleming and principal Donna Witherspoon, both from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, Melbourne. Witherspoon formerly served as Technology Coordinator for Good Shepherd Catholic School in Orlando and was named among the Top 50 Innovators in the nation by the Center for Digital Education.

Other technology workshops include “Going Paperless and Bookless in the Elementary Classroom,” “Virtual Classroom,” “Creating a Cost Effective Totally Digital Environment,” “Full S.T.R.E.A.M. Ahead,” and “iCatholic-The Classroom of the Future, Today,” which explores the next generation of innovative mobile learning, managing mobile devices in the classroom, and non-traditional assessments that unlock higher level thinking, creativity and innovation.

Tools that Work on Almost Anythingwill be co- presented by Anita Brady, Technology Administrator and assistant principal of Ascension Catholic School in Melbourne and Lisa Jones, technology specialist at Annunciation Catholic School in Altamonte Springs. As Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) becomes more prevalent in schools, students are coming to school with a variety of devices and different operating systems. This interactive session will present a selection of tools that teachers can use with their students along with apps that work on iPads, Android, and Windows-based systems. Attendees are welcome to bring their own device and learn how easy cross platform instruction can be. 

Pat Lamorte, national speaker and technology integration specialist at Bishop Moore Catholic High School in Orlando, will present “Technology Infused Active Learning.” His workshop will cover methods of infusing technology into everyday lessons with ways to plan, design, and implement activities; and will provide examples that can be used immediately in any room. Emphasis will be placed on active learning and project based learning and designing these activities from the end goal backwards.

For these and a complete list of all professional development seminars and their respective dates/times during NCEA, please visit For more information about enrolling to attend NCEA, the largest private-education association gathering in the nation, visit This unique event brings together Catholic and other religious educators from across the U.S. to exchange ideas and debut cutting edge research and technologies related to education.

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National Catholic Education Association is the largest private professional education organization in the world, representing 150,000 Catholic educators serving six million students in Catholic elementary and secondary schools, in religious education programs, in seminaries, and in colleges and universities.