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MLTI Student Conference

May 9, 2017

Time is running out

Only 200 students seats left and registration closes Friday, May 12th!! If you have not secured space for your school team, please register online as soon as possible. Registration closes Friday at 5:00pm or when we reach 1000 student registrations.
Things to consider:
  • Spaces are filling up – if you want to send a group of students, but don’t have names finalized, you may still register to reserve your spaces! Enter students as Student 1, Student 2, etc and provide names next week.
  • Unable to take time off from class to chaperone? Ask parents/guardians. How about other staff at school? There is no rule that says chaperones must be teachers! Get creative!
  • Can’t afford a bus? Remember to check the list of attending schools. Many districts are willing to bus share.
If you have already registered a team, you may now add up to 10 additional students and 2 adults – email Juanita Dickson at
Registration Information!!

Register online at

Conference Information

2017 MLTI Student Conference
Thursday May 25, 2017 
UMaine – Orono, Maine  
Agenda available at

  • Schools may now register up to 50 Students and 10 adults in a 5:1 ratio.
    • For groups of students that don’t divide evenly by five, please round up in your adult count. For example, if you are bringing 6 students, you must have 2 adults. If you are bringing 36 students, you must have 7 adults. Remember, chaperones do not have to be school staff – we often have parents volunteer to chaperone!
  • There are 1000 student registration spots available so don’t delay!
  • Registration will close when 1000 registrations are received or by May 12, 2017.

Cost Information

$15 per attendee (student or adult) The cost includes morning refreshments and lunch, as well as a T-shirt for each student attending!  Two ways to get a discount:

  • Presenting teams are provided three complimentary registrations per presenting team – up to one adult and two students.
  • Students with artwork selected for the 2107-2018 screensaver will have registration costs waived.

Media Release Forms

The Department asks that attending students have a signed media release form. There are many photographs and videos being taken during the event and often media is present and on occasion may want to interview students. Student may still attend without a signed form!! We ensure that all name tags are coded so at a glance it can be known if the student is okay to photograph/interview or not.

A media release form is available on our website. If your school has media release forms on file, there is no need to have a second one signed. Please indicate on your registration form that forms are on file at the school.
MLTI is pleased to welcome a few special guests!!
Joining us as the Student Keynote is Bri Adkins from Foxcroft Academy. Bri the entrepreneurial energy behind Pretty Smart Magazine, with passions that include journalism, coding, and fashion. In her talk Bri will share how her interests and efforts have taken her to New York City for one of Karlie Kloss’ “Kode with Klossy” coding camps and earned mention on the pages of Teen Vogue. Hers is a story of ambition, focus, and effort, and she will encourage all participants to identify their passions and make amazing things happen.
Also joining MLTI at the event is the Ballroom Thieves!!  (Hint: The band will be key players in this year’s Uber Session!)

Guitarist Martin Earley, cellist Calin Peters, and drummer Devin Mauch are the Ballroom Thieves and attendees at the MLTI Student Conference will get to know them right from the start of the day – they’ll be performing live in the Collins Center for the Arts’ Hutchins Concert Hall as participants select their seats and excitement is building around the big day!

This band loves music, and they enjoy working with kids who are in the early stages of their musical joiurney. In fact, they teamed up with the Maine Youth Rock Orchestra to play in Rockland, Maine at Hollerfest II at the Strand Theater, and the results can be seen and heard here.


MLTI Student Conference

April 28, 2013

Thursday, May 16 – UMaine campus

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Registration remains open for the 10th Annual MLTI Student Conference.

Growing student aspirations and preparation for post-secondary education playing a bigger and bigger role in every Maine middle and high school’s work. Because of this we wanted to be sure everyone is aware of some powerful opportunities for participating students at this year’s MLTI Student Conference.

While the presence of the Conference on the UMaine Orono campus has always been a big deal, this year is going to be bigger than ever.

UMaine is preparing to welcome the MLTI to Orono in a whole new way – it will be fun and engaging, and will help your students begin to see themselves as college students in their years after high school graduation. You’ll want your students to take advantage of the opportunities on this great day.

This year’s participants will have a chance to meet and talk to representatives from across the UMaine colleges as well as student athletes and members of the UMaine Ambassadors – current students who know how to relate to young people who are starting to think about their education beyond K-12. Admissions reps will also be on hand if students want more details about the application process.

Your students will also be able to learn more about Academ-e, “The first early college distance education program in Maine, the University of Maine Academ-e offers courses for university credit to Maine high school juniors and seniors through internet-based “online” technologies.”

So don’t wait – even with 700 seats filled, there is still room for you and your students to participate in the 10th Annual MLTI Student Conference at UMaine.

This exciting technology focused day just got more exciting – with increased opportunities to introduce your students to the power of post-secondary education.

We look forward to seeing you in Orono on May 16th.


Tomorrow at UMaine

May 23, 2012

Media Update from MDOE: Laptops, music, Orono – May 24th

What do you get when you put 1,000 students with laptops in the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine in Orono? Music, literally.

This year’s Maine Learning Technology Initiative Student Conference will feature an “uber session” in which students will turn their laptop keyboards into musical keyboards and perform a world premiere musical composition, along with 12 live musicians on stage, and two members of the New World Symphony playing live from Miami. Each student has used software available on their MLTI devices to pre-program their machine to create their own recording of a full octave of notes – using anything from the sounds of birds to objects around the house or digita sounds of their own making. MLTI staff will capture the culminating performance and release audio and video to the public shortly after the performance.

9:10 – 10:25 a.m. Three student keynote speakers will address the entire gathering. These student presentations are typically well polished and inspiring and help illustrate the ways in which technology can enhance the learning experience for students. Tim Walsh, a freshman at Kennebunk High School, will share how he leveraged his access to his MLTI MacBook to become a design professional along with a team at Middle School of the Kennebunks. Emily & Katie Morse, juniors at Machias High School, are studying Japanese to meet their world language graduation requirement at Machias High, and they are doing it online through Brigham Young University in Salt Lake City, Utah via their MLTI MacBooks, and will talk about their experience.
10:40 – 11:40 a.m. Morning sessions on everything from video game design with Scratch (software) to tips on using Garage Band to developing smartphone apps and searching for planets. These sessions are held around campus.
1 -2 p.m. The uber-session, described above. The students are always pretty jazzed about this session (the activity varies each year) and from a photo perspective, you’re not likely to find better than this – with 1,000 students gathered with their laptops and working collaboratively on a project. (Tech geek note: getting the two live musicians from Miami linked in is a huge technical achievement requiring a robust network infrastructure implemented by Networkmaine specifically for the event. While there will be a slight delay in the video, the audio will be precisely in time with the group at UMO, something that was formerly almost impossible to execute.)
You might also want to catch up with the student tweeters: Students from Auburn Middle school will be live-tweeting the entire conference using the Twitter hashtag #mlti2012
Now a decade old, MLTI puts laptops in the hands of all Maine seventh and eighth graders and a majority of high-school students. The program focuses not on the technology itself, but on using technology as an integral part of student learning.


9th annual Maine Learning Technology Initiative Student Conference
View the schedule of events:

University of Maine at Orono

Thursday, May 24, roughly 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Suggested events, as noted above, at 9:10 a.m. (Collins Center), 10:40 a.m. (various) and 1 p.m. (Collins Center)

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