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Top Ten Strategic Technology Trends

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) meets each quarter with its national Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) to discuss the needs of the IT workplace. Everyone knows that IT evolves quickly, but in the last year or so things seem to have accelerated. More and more, the National CTC is hearing about advanced terms […]

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Collin College has a Very Special Trailer

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently hosted a meeting for its annual National Visiting Committee (NVC), the panel of educators and industry experts that evaluate the progress of NSF-funded Advanced Technological Education centers like the CTC. Part of the NVC’s discussion focused on the need for high school guidance counselors to better understand the […]

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Things to Consider When Developing a Community of Practice

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) recently delivered a conference breakout presentation on its successful Convergence College Network (CCN) community of practice (COP). The CCN consists of IT educators and administrators from 64 schools in 24 states that meet regularly to discuss best practices and resources.  Participants in COP share a common passion or interest, exchanging […]

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Postcard From the Innovations Conference

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) gave a number of presentations at the League of Innovations Conference in National Harbor, Maryland. These national conferences are always a good way to promote the CTC to a wide audience, whether it’s disseminating best practices or sharing resources. But, conferences are a two-way street in that they also […]

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Are you thinking about submitting an ATE grant this fall?

A special workshop was held at the Innovations conference in Maryland that focused on strategies and best practices for creating a competitive NSF grant proposal. Workshop attendees first heard a detailed presentation from National Science Foundation program officer Celeste Carter on the many program opportunities for Advanced Technological Education (ATE) grants.  Next, a panel of […]

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Social Media: What platform do you use?

This discussion started with a poll question: what social media platform do you use most often at school? LinkedIn, 21% Facebook, 18% Twitter, 6% Other, 3% I don’t use social media at school, 26% Below are some highlights of the comments that followed, focusing on the “Big Three” – LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter – and […]

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Student Feature: Aaron Bueg

Having been raised on computers, it seems only natural that Aaron Bueg would make a career out of learning more about them. “I was building computers with Dad, back when the first machine was a 486,” Aaron recalls. “I remember putting it together and playing a video game that ran on a floppy disk.” It […]

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Have you heard about the “GDPR” and what it means for IT?

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) hosts quarterly web meetings of its Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) to keep educators connected with current state of the IT workplace. To that end, faculty and administrators from the 64 schools in the National CTC’s “Convergence College Network” (CCN) are always invited to the web meetings.  One […]

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How Do You Connect Your Community Between Meetings?

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) hosts quarterly meetings for its national Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT), a group of business leaders that provide guidance on IT curriculum. While the meetings feature lively discussions and multiple perspectives that greatly benefit faculty attendees and help keep IT programs on the cutting edge, the BILT community […]

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Hot Topics in IT from Faculty Surveys

The National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) hosts annual professional development events for IT faculty from across the country. These events – called Working Connections – are designed to teach the latest IT topics to faculty so that they can deliver them to their students over the next 12 months, either by creating new courses or […]