Barbeque and an Arch – ACTE 2011 Recap

by Allacyn - Dec 07, 2011


Recently I traveled to the annual ACTE conference that was held in St. Louis, MO. I traveled with all guys from our company, and it has been pretty interesting trying to keep them all on task and under control!

Travel

It was a great experience; we arrived on Tuesday afternoon and had a great evening relaxing after our long day of traveling that consisted of a two hour car ride to the Las Vegas Airport, about a minute train ride to the gate, then a three hour flight to St. Louis, a five minute bus ride to the rental car counter, and a fifteen minute drive to the hotel. Yes, you read that right; excluding a boat we pretty much covered all modes of transportation.

Set-up and event

The next day it was time to head over to the booth and set-up. Everything went well and thanks to Kari, our graphic designer, the booth we have takes about an hour to set-up. As we headed out to the parking garage, we noticed a sign that said cash only. Living in the modern age that we do it was shocking and of course we had no cash on us. Well we talked the nice parking attendant (I won’t name her just in case her boss by a small chance reads this) into letting us out on the honor that we would bring her back the two dollars we owed her. We went and got some supplies and brought the money right back to her.

That night we held a reception at our hotel; it went off without a hitch and everyone had a great time. So thank you to everyone who attended the event and to everyone who helped make it a success!

Show Time and chow

So on Thursday it was time to get down to business and start talking with all of the wonderful educators that made it out to this year’s show. It was a great show with a lot of enthusiastic people and a great energy. People were loving the giveaways, and of course gobbling up the Dots candies that we put out.

After a really long day on our feet, we all decided that when in St. Louis you better eat some BBQ. So we asked around and got a tip that Pappy’s Smokehouse was the best place in town, but that we better make it there pretty early because once they run out of stuff it is just gone. We got lost, but eventually found our way there and boy was it worth it. We ordered the Adam Bomb named after Adam Richmond from the television show Man vs. Food. It was a lot of really good food and we all ate way too much, but everyone was in consensus that they would recommend it to anyone who ever visits St. Louis. The food was so good that we ended up getting another Adam Bomb for take out on Friday.

We made our way back home and back to the LearnKey offices. Sad to leave our new friends and the great food, but excited to be back home!

A few pictures from the event:


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ACTE 2011

by Allacyn - Oct 13, 2011


Well, it’s that time of year again. No, I am not talking about the Holiday Season, I am talking about the Annual ACTE Conference. This year’s conference is taking place in St. Louis, MO November 17-19, 2011. It might seem like we are early writing this blog post, but we started planning for this show a couple of months ago and I am starting to get really excited about it. We have exhibited at this trade show in the past and it is always a fun and rewarding event to attend.

If you have never heard of ACTE before, it is the Association for Career and Technical Education. They hold an annual convention every year that draws over 4,000 educators and over 200 exhibitors. The highlight of the conference will be that Sir Ken Robinson will be speaking, if you have not heard him you should check him out on his website. This animated video created from one of his speeches is a particular favorite of ours.

If you are going to attend this years ACTE conference, be sure to come see LearnKey at booth 428!


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Dreamforce 2011

by Allacyn - Sep 01, 2011


This week I got the great honor to attend Dreamforce 2011. For those of you who don’t know, Dreamforce is the annual conference that Salesforce holds. The conference takes place in San Francisco where Salesforce is headquartered, and this year it drew a crowd of 45,000+ attendees. This is a fun, but long week with classes filling your days and exciting networking events taking up your nights.

The highlights so far: Metallica concert (I won’t be able to hear for a month), the exciting new Salesforce innovations that were announced at the conference, and the breakout session Set the Social Road Map for Your Company (Gary Vaynerchuck of VaynerMedia was refreshing). I am really excited about all of the great things I am learning here, and I am looking forward to bringing back some great ideas to LearnKey.


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LearnKey’s End of Summer Event Schedule

by Allacyn - Jul 22, 2011


It has been a busy summer here at LearnKey, and the next couple of weeks are going to be even busier. A while ago we posted a list of the events we would be attending this summer; 6 of those events have already passed, but we still have another 5 to go!

Here are the upcoming events and shows we will be attending:

2011 Missouri ACTE Summer Conference, booth #E72

July 25-28, Springfield, MO

FACTE 45th Annual Conference & Tradeshow,

July 25-28, Clearwater Beach, FL

2011 All-Ohio Conference, booth #10

July 26-28, Columbus, OH

Nevada ACTE Conference

July 27-29, Lake Tahoe, NV

44th Annual Oklahoma Career & Technology Education Summer Conference, booth #108

August 1, Tulsa, OK

Be sure to stop by and say hi to our reps if you’re attending these shows (and be sure to tell them you found out about it through our blog!) They love meeting you all and being able to show you all the cool stuff we’re doing, and they may even have some freebies available, depending on when you see them. From what I hear, sometimes the free stuff disappears so fast you would think we were attending a Ninja convention, so stop by early!


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ISTE 2011

by Allacyn - Jul 08, 2011


Last week LearnKey was exhibiting at ISTE 2011 in Philadelphia, PA. ISTE is an annual tradeshow for educators, and this year there were 18,000 attendees expected. The show was a lot of fun, and it was fun as the planner of these shows to finally be able to be a part of one. We had a steady stream of educators visit our booth over the course of three days. We met a lot of great teachers and administrators from all over the country and the world; I think the farthest visitor came from Taiwan.

The convention center was huge, although you would never have guessed that there were that many people there. There were so many different meeting rooms, and the exhibit hall was so large anyone could get lost in there. There were rows upon rows of vendors with all kinds of different ways to get attendees to stop and chat with them.

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LearnKey Events – Summer 2011

by Allacyn - Jun 10, 2011


We attend a lot of tradeshows throughout the year, but summer is definitely our busiest tradeshow season. We wanted to give you a quick rundown of which events we will be attending:

54th PTE Summer Conference

June 15-17, Boise, ID

ISTE 2011

June 27-29, Philadelphia, PA

64th Annual GACTE

July 10-13, Atlanta, GA

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HealthStream Summit 2011 Recap

by Greg - Jun 09, 2011


I recently attended the HealthStream Summit at the Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville, TN. One year ago, the first floor of the hotel was covered with 10 feet of water; in fact, much of the Nashville area was pounded by flood waters. What an amazing feat to bring the hotel back to its original beauty. I snapped a couple photos with my cell phone, but it does not begin to capture the grandeur and detail of the environment. It’s a complete ecosystem under a glass shell. If you find yourself in Nashville it is definitely worth a visit.

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New SQL Sever Webinar Featuring Wayne Snyder

by Colin - May 20, 2011


We have once again partnered with noted Microsoft SQL Server Expert Wayne Snyder and Mariner, a leading Microsoft Gold Partner, to provide a free SQL Server webinar.

Management Data Warehouse & Utility Control Point

Friday, June 3, 2011 1pm ET/10am PT.

Register now!

Direct from Wayne Snyder, MVP

SQL Server 2008 introduced the Management Data Warehouse (MDW). MDW will automatically collect information about Query stats and index usage, resource locking and blocking and disk usage. We can use this information to improve performance troubleshooting.

SQL Server 2008 R2 added the SQL Server Utility and Utility Control Point (UCP). UCP automates some of the MDW functionality and provides additional reporting for Data Tier Applications, Database Files, storage volumes, and CPT utilization.

Register for the webinar to learn more about UCP.

Already have questions about UCP?
Email them to info@mariner-usa.com by June 1, 2011.


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Join Our Upcoming SQL Server R2 Webinar

by Allacyn - Mar 01, 2011


We have partnered with noted Microsoft SQL Server Expert Wayne Snyder and Mariner, a leading Microsoft Gold Partner to produce a webinar that will take place on Wednesday, March 23 at 1PM ET. The webinar will be led by Snyder, one of the industry’s most experienced and knowledgeable SQL Server professionals. The webinar will provide information about SQL Server R2, LearnKey’s SQL Server 2008 Implementation and Maintenance training course content, and will also have a question and answer session. Participants can email questions to info@mariner-usa.com and Wayne will answer during the session.  A white paper entitled “Why Upgrade to SQL 2008 R2 for DBAs” will be available to participants.

Join our webinar to receive valuable information from an industry expert about updates on product-focused database specialization, how to maximize use of your SQL Server install base, reasons for upgrading to R2 and tips and tricks. Watch Snyder’s comments about SQL Server 2008 in this clip and then join the webinar.


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TCEA 2011 – After the Show

by Colin - Feb 18, 2011


We had a blast this year at TCEA and loved meeting everyone who stopped by our booth. We still have blisters on our hands from turning and testing so many keys. We look forward to next year and hope to see Ya’ll then.

There are so many of our friends in Texas that are making a difference in their student’s lives. We could not touch so many lives for the better without all of you!!

We gave away various prizes at the show, including iPods, USB flash drives, gift cards, LearnKey swag, and a Kindle – check out the image gallery below of our winners!


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