CompTIA Educator’s Conference, Las Vegas 2012: We’ll be there, will you?

May 23, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Posted in CompTIA | Leave a comment
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It’s finally official – CompTIA will hosting the CompTIA Educator’s Conference from Friday, July 27th, through Sunday, July 29th in Las Vegas, NV. If you are an educator who provides training for CompTIA certifications, this conference is for you!

I attended this conference last year, when it was part of the Breakaway conference. This year the Educator’s Conference precedes Breakaway and is actually considered  a separate event. (Breakaway itself will run from July 30 to August 2.) This year’s focus will be emerging technologies, including the new A+, CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP), Healthcare IT, and Cloud Computing exams.

Here are three reasons why I think every technology educator should attend this conference:

1) You get information from CompTIA that will help you with your classroom plans for the coming academic year.

2) You get access to authors and presenters in an intimate, classroom-like environment. These authors and presenters can provide you with ideas for your classroom as well as insight into how you prepare yourself and your students.

3) You get to network with other education professionals who have years of experience in teaching, technology, and curriculum design. If you are new to the field, the information from the other educators can help you be well on your way. If you have lots of experience, you will often get some fresh insight and cutting edge ideas that you can incorporate into your classroom.

At last year’s conference I was able to reconnect with Mike Meyers, a McGraw-Hill author and president of Total Seminars, LLC. I also met authors Mark Ciampa and Jean Andrews, both of whom are rumored to be in attendance this year. Although this year’s agenda is not yet complete, I am sure that CompTIA will include presentations on a range of topics. Not the least of which will be yours truly making my CompTIA conference presentation debut. I will share with attendees the basics of the CASP certification.

Here is the text from the e-mail that I got from CompTIA:

Dear Educator,

You are cordially invited to join classroom educators from all around the country at this year’s CompTIA Academy Educator’s Conference held in Las Vegas from July 27 – July 29, 2012.

This year the event will focus on a theme of “Emerging Technologies” and include educational forums and training sessions that spotlight the newest revision to CompTIA’s A+ certification as well as the new technologies that form the basis of several of the newest CompTIA certifications.

The conference will feature sessions on the new 2012 A+ that will be released later this year, our Security+ and CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner certifications and our new Health IT certification.

 There will also be a Publishers Expo that you can visit to learn about the latest learning materials for CompTIA certifications.  Each publisher will deliver separate presentations on their products.

We’re still organizing the speaker sessions and training sessions on Saturday and Sunday-  so the actual running order is not ready for publication.

Watch for the full conference agenda – Coming Soon!

The CompTIA Academy Educators Conference will be held at the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas. This year the Academy sessions will precede CompTIA’s annual Breakaway event.

Here’s the essential information you need to know.

 What: CompTIA Academy Educators Conference – 2012

 Where:  Las Vegas, NV

Conference Hotel –  Aria at City Center

Attendee hotel rate – $139 /night

When:

Friday, July 27 –  7:00 am – 3:00 pm   –  Travel time

Friday, July 27 –  3:00 – 7:00 pm –  Sessions

Saturday, July 28 –  9:00 – 5:00  –  Sessions and Training

Sunday July 28 –  9:00 am – 5:00  – Publishers Expo and Training

(session times subject to change)

CompTIA Academy Educator Conference Registration Cost

$199

Registration Website :

http://www.comptia.org/breakaway/register.aspx      Please register for the $199 option with the following wording:

CAPP Academy/E2C Program only
Please note: this fee only covers the CompTIA Educators Conference 2012 scheduled Friday, July 27 – Sunday, July 29. This fee does not include Breakaway registration.

CompTIA Academy membership (free) is required to attend: www.comptia.com/academy

 PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT WE ARE SHARING A REGISTRATION SITE WITH THE COMPTIA BREAKAWAY CONFERENCE.  The Academy Educator Conference fee does not include admission to the Breakaway conference sessions or events.

 EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION DRAWING

The first 50 paid registrations will be entered into a drawing for your choice of a

Apple iPad ($500 value) OR a $500 American Express Gift Card

 The drawing will be conducted on Saturday at the event.  You must be in attendance at the event to win.

I hope to see you there! I’m the presenter with the heavy southern drawl (check out my video if you don’t believe me). Sorry, but translators/subtitles will NOT be provided..LOL!

-Robin

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