The countdown is on to TpT Conference 2015: Come Together, Go Further. And it’s nearly here! We’ll add more info to this post, including hotel info and common questions for the conference days. Scroll down for links to handouts.
Did You Know?
- There’s early conference check-in/registration from on Wednesday from 5-7pm Pacific in our conference area?
- We encourage you to come to our bonus networking on Thursday morning?
- Breakfast will be provided before the Keynote on Friday morning?
Get all the details in the OFFICIAL TpT Vegas 2015 Program Guide. You’ll receive a hard copy when you check in, but feel free to download and print out prior. We know you like to stay organized!
Travel & Hotel Logistics
Hotel check in: The check in time for the Venetian/Palazzo is 3:00 PM and check out is 11:00 AM. They are happy to hold your bags by request if needed. Check in and check out times for other hotels should be listed clearly on their websites when you make your reservations.
What to pack: Here’s a handy freebie from Chalk and Apples that’ll be helpful when you start to get overwhelmed and wonder, “did I pack that?”
Rooms Update: Venetian/Palazzo rooms at the discounted rate are now filled, but there are many options on or near the Vegas strip.
Before the Conference
Conference check-in times:
- Early check-in Wednesday, July 8th 5 PM – 7 PM (If you can, we strongly encourage early check in.)
- All day check-in Thursday, July 9th 7:30 AM – 5 PM
- Morning check-in Friday, July 10th 7 AM – 9 AM
Conference check-in location: The Congress Center is located between the Venetian/Palazzo off of the mall that connects the two casinos. Think of the entire facility as a triangle: The Congress Center is one of the points of the triangle and the Venetian and Palazzo are the other two points. From there, follow the Come Together, Go Further signs down one escalator level or ask a helpful Team TpT member for assistance locating the TpT conference registration, our networking event, and the entire TpT conference.
Changing session choices: Please let us know when you check in and get your badge and we’ll work with you. Some sessions are full and will not be able to accommodate more attendees. We may check badges for some sessions to make sure those who signed up get first seats.
Day 1 of Conference
Where do I go? This year our entire event is located on one floor — see above “Conference check in location” for how to get to the Congress Center and TpT’s event area. There will be plenty of friendly Team TpT staff to help guide you once you’re there.
What if I get really turned around? If you are really turned around, ask a hotel employee for the Congress Center and/or the Rock of Ages theater. Once there follow the Come Together, Go Further signs or ask a Team TpT staff member how to get to TpT’s event area.
Should I check in before networking? Yes please — see above for check in times. If you can, we do encourage you to sign in and pick up your name badge during our early check in on Wednesday evening 5 PM – 7 PM.
What time does the conference start on Thursday? This year we’re hosting a two-day conference beginning with a bonus networking event that starts at 9 AM on Thursday morning. Please come and make the most of this time! After networking, there’s a break for lunch, then our first Welcome at 12:30 p.m. followed by sessions starting promptly at 1:30 p.m.
Will I know where my sessions, the Keynote, and Happy Hour are located? You sure will. When you check in and receive your name badge, you will also receive a program guide that includes all session and panel room assignments and a map.
Day 2 of Conference
What time does the conference start on Friday? The continental breakfast will be available from 7 to 8 a.m. just outside the Keynote room. Friday morning’s Keynote will start promptly at 8:00 a.m. and the sessions begin promptly at 9:30 a.m.
Will breakfast be provided? Yes, Friday morning, you’re invited to a lovely continental breakfast available starting at 7 a.m. just outside the Keynote Room. Please come and enjoy.
Friday’s Happy Hour: We hope you’ll join us for a Happy Hour from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 10th in the Keynote Room. You will be provided one drink ticket that can be found in your name badge holder. There will be lots of opportunities at the Happy Hour to reconnect with new and old acquaintances, get your photos taken, raise a glass and toast to exciting new adventures, share your experiences and so much more. Huzzah!
Good to Know
Official conference hashtag: Please use hashtag #TpTVegas15 particularly on Instagram and Twitter.
Name badge: Please wear your name badge as this is your access ticket for TpT sessions. You will also find a drink ticket in the back of your name badge, good for one beverage of your choice during our TpT Happy Hour at 4 p.m. Friday afternoon.
My session itinerary: Your assigned sessions will be printed on your name badge (TT01, TT02, TT03, etc.) To find the location of the session, check your program guide.
Lost name badges: Please visit the TpT Conference Registration Booth for a replacement.
Time between sessions: You will have 30 minutes after the Keynote and between each session.
Pictures and video during the sessions: Audience members may not video or audio record the sessions. Some presenters will permit photography, but please ask permission before taking any pictures and please do not use a flash.
WiFi availability: Complimentary WiFi is available in all public space and meeting rooms in the Conference Center. To access the WiFi, connect with the following information:
- Network: sde4educators
- Password: sde2015
Using my cell phone during the conference: Cell phone use is limited to the hallways and exhibit area. Please remember to switch your cell phones to vibrate so sessions are not interrupted.
Lunch on Thursday and Friday: Lunch concessions are available in the Exhibit Hall. The Venetian/Palazzo also has many restaurant options and a food court is located in both the Venetian and Palazzo Hotels.
Free Vegas Tips: Mercedes Hutchens created this FREE Vegas Tips and Tricks with, you guessed it, some fun things you can do for free while you’re in Las Vegas. Thanks!
Get Your Session Handouts
We strongly recommend you print out and bring along any handouts you’d like to have, well, on hand for panels and sessions. Additionally, TpT’er Cassie Thompson has created this Vegas Conference Planner- FREEBIE that’ll help you organize your sessions and any meetups you might be attending.
Find the full conference site here. And share your excitement with #TpTVegas15. We can’t wait to see you there!
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Naomi O’Brien from Read Like a Rock Star (Leader), Cara Carroll, Christy Button & Tammy Farhit from Fluttering Through First Grade, Mary Beth Nerone from Brain Waves Instruction
Starting Seller Panel 2
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Advanced Marketing Panel
Shelley Gray (Leader), Chris Kesler from Kesler Science, Kelley Dolling from Kelley Dolling – Teacher Idea Factory, Rachel Lynette, Tabitha Carro from FlapJack Educational Resources
Collaboration Connection Panel
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Angela Watson (Leader), Elizabeth Kelly from Common Core Galore and More, Erin Cobb, Jen Jones from Hello Literacy, Jonathan Stephens from Created for Learning
Hadar Maor from Miss Kindergarten Love (Leader), Emily Liscom from Education to the Core, Kristin Oldham from A Teeny Tiny Teacher, Maria Manore, Megan Favre
Kimberly Geswein (Leader), Blair Turner, Julie Faulkner, Michelle Tsivgadellis from The 3AM Teacher, Nikki Casassa from Melonheadz
The Superpowers of PowerPoint
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From Sketch to Digital Masterpiece
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Fix Your Brand and Take Your Store to the Next Level
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From Teacher to Teacherpreneur
Erin Cobb from Lovin Lit
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Best Blogging Basics and Beyond
Master the Inner Game of TpT Success
Advanced Blogging: The Next Frontier
New Seller Success School
Expand Your TpT Impact
21st Century Curriculum Development
Clint Clark from 21st Century Math Projects
Did I REALLY sell THAT!? Improving Our Products With a Critical Eye
Deanna Jump and DeeDee Wills
Unlock the Code – Secrets of Seller Success
Chris Kesler from Kesler Science
Your TpT Business: Taxes, Finance, Copyright
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TpT Marketing: Do This, Not That
How Facebook Is Helping Achieve Your Business Goals
Advanced Pinterest: Take Your Pinning to the Next Level
Melissa Dillard from Mel D-Seusstastic
Core Creations: Create and Align
Sensational Data NEW
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How to Do It All, And Feel Good
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TpT App Hacks: Work Smarter Not Harder!
Tabitha Carro from FlapJack Educational Resources
Starting Stores: The Next Step
Naomi O’Brien from Read Like a Rock Star
Love the Customer: Community, Products, and Brand
Jonathan and Lisa Stephens from Created for Learning
Write What They Need: Prepare Passages & Create Core Questions
Jessica Ivey from ideas by jivey
Can’t wait to see you there! #TpTVegas15