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Kevin Honeycutt

November 4, 2013

Recently at the ACTEM conference

If you didn’t attend the October Association of Computer Technology Educators of Maine you’re in luck because the keynote session given by art educator Kevin Honeycutt was recorded and worth watching. Thanks to Kern Kelley and his student video team for the recording located at

And thank you to Bob Sprankle recorded all of Kevin Honeycutt’s Friday sessions at ACTEM along with Dan Russell’s session. The audio only versions are available at

If you are not a member of ACTEM I suggest you take advantage of what ACTEM has to offer! Check them out at

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ACTEM Conference

September 15, 2013

Association of Computer Technology Educators of Maine

Screen shot 2013-09-07 at 8.30.57 PMACTEM is an organization that provides enormous opportunities for all educators in Maine to expand their knowledge in teaching utilizing technology. Over and over they have proven themselves in the professional development opportunities that they provide throughout the year. Their biggest event is their statewide conference being held this year on, October 10 and 11 at the Augusta Civic Center.

A highlight of this years conference is keynoter Kevin Honeycutt. What’s so special about Kevin? Welllll…. He spent 13 years teaching art K-12 in public school and for 17 years spent summers leading creative adventure camps for kids of all ages.

For the past four years Kevin has hosted a creative learning site called ArtSnacks  ( where he shares 150+ ten minute drawing videos that support standards curriculum.  Kevin refers to himself as a “Digital Dumpster Diver”.  He collects and shares all kinds of digital resources for educators.  Check out the resources on his website at Just visiting Kevin’s site makes me excited about education!

There are several sessions that have practical applications for the arts classroom including those below offered on Friday:

In Session 1, Tim Hart is presenting Making Music using GarageBand with an iPad. Tim is no stranger to the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative since he spent a summer a the MAAI institute and collaborated with teacher leaders to present during the phase 2 mega-regional workshops.

Description of Tim’s workshop:
GarageBand has a long history on the Mac, letting people use intuitive controls and a huge library of instruments and prerecorded loops to create music. GarageBand on iOS continues this legacy and brings the magic of music to the touch screen. In this session, participants will use GarageBand to explore how easy it can be to bring your musical ideas to life. Bring your iPad or iPad mini with the latest version of GarageBand to enjoy this hands-on musical experience.

In Session 2, Meredith Duke is presenting:
iPads in Band/Chorus: Great for Portfolio AND Assessments! – Meredith Duke – Boothbay Region Elementary School

The iPad has changed the face of digital portfolio and assessment.  Come see how beautifully it will work with your bands and choruses.  You will learn how this exciting tool can revolutionize your music program! From app recommendations and reviews, to examples of student work, you will leave with proven strategies and ideas on which to build.

Apps mentioned: Moxtra, Noteflight using Safari, Puffin browser, InsTuner, Pro-Metronome, Vimeo, iTalk Recorder (iphone app), DropBox, etc.

To register for the conference please click here.



February 27, 2013

Association of Computer Technology Educators of Maine

Screen shot 2013-02-27 at 8.40.45 PMYesterday the ACTEM newsletter, Electronic Educator, arrived in my mailbox. No, not my email box, but the postal service mail. I really like receiving it but I like it even more knowing what the organization is all about and that they still send a paper copy. It is also available online at

I was very excited to read about the fall conference keynote speaker Kevin Honeycutt. When Kevin started his career in education it was as a K-12 art teacher for 13 years. He also spent 17 summers leading creative adventure camps for kids of all ages.

For the past four years Kevin has hosted a creative learning site called ArtSnacks where he shares 150+ ten-minute drawing videos that support standards curriculum. Kevin refers to himself as a “Digital Dumpster Diver”. He collects and shares all kinds of digital resources for educators. Check out the resources on his website at

The annual MAINEEducation conference will be held October 10 and 11 at the Augusta Civic Center. You can learn more by clicking here. I am letting you know now since I know that many of you need to plan your professional development days for the 2013-14 school year.

Gary Lanoie, Executive Director of ACTEM said this about Kevin:  “I am really looking forward to Kevin Honeycutt’s keynote at the MAINEEducation 2013 conference.  I heard him at the ISTE conference in Philadelphia and was very impressed.”

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I suggest you join ACTEM since they have so much to offer. The membership fee is $20 and you can apply for up to $400 to put towards coursework in technology. It is a GREAT deal!

Also included in this issue of Electronic Educator is the update on MLTI and what is happening with the recent RFP. The Department has announced its conditional RFP awards to three companies, Apple, Inc., CTL (an Oregon-based computer manufacturer), and Hewlett-Packard Company were selected. You can download the entire article (and newsletter) by clicking here.



June 22, 2012

Great opportunity

The Association of Computer Technology Educators of Maine (ACTEM) is a well-established organization that crosses over all content areas with a focus on helping its’ members achieve their goals utilizing technology effectively.

The benefits are enormous and all for a $20.00 individual membership. They have several professional development opportunities during the year and are continuously improving what they offer. Every time I read their newsletter I learn something valuable.

The ACTEM conference is scheduled for October 11 and 12 this year and is held at the Augusta Civic Center. Some districts make the day a PD day so all of their teachers can hop on school buses and attend the conference together. There are three national top-notch speakers scheduled David Warlick, Steven W. Anderson, and Christopher Tully.

Member benefits include:

  • Eligible to apply in advance for up to $400 in professional development reimbursement you pay for personally
  • $20 discount on MAINEducation Conference registration for October 12
  • Eligible to participate in ACTEM-sponsored trainings
  • Quarterly newsletter and luncheon at ACTEM Business Meetings
  • Eligible to purchase some software titles where applicable
  • $50 for lifetime membership for retired ACTEM members (does not include $400 Professional Development reimbursement rights)

Call 1-866-99-ACTEM to renew with a credit card. Form and additional info at JOIN ACTEM at

The Maine Arts Assessment Initiative appreciates the support from ACTEM.

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