Thursday, February 16, 2012

By George, I Think I Got It!

John Mein (free plug for John! at http://mrsmarttrainer.blogspot.com/) posted an interesting question in a previous blog comment I wanted to ask the group:

Did you experience an "Aha! moment" at TCEA? If so, what was it?



Maybe an idea finally clicked for you or you found something new?

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

TCEA - Day 3 - Goodbye Kerrville Peeps!

I am so sad that most of my Kerrville peeps have left today but I feel they all learned a lot (even though they aren't sharing it on here!).

I ran into a few of them on the corner of the convention center and the path back to their vehicles. They looked tired and glazed over. This is a good thing! It means their minds are over-clocking and they are coming up with great ideas.

Here is what we have to do next guys and gals: We have to write our recommendations. We have to push forward. We need to put it in writing what we want to do and present it to the rest of the district. There have been some roadblocks but stating how we will get things done is how we start making effective change in the districts.


Other than that, I am excited to hear from you about your experiences. I wish we could have gotten together one last time before you got back to work and get buried in all that. I hope you post something here or shoot me an email about what you thought about the conference.

Thank you all for coming! I know it is hard getting away from your busy lives and work. So thank your spouses, kids, students, and principals from me for letting you get away!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

TCEA - Day 2

What did you attend and what did you learn?

I attended the edubloggercon which is one of the miniconference ideas I based Techpalooza off of. It is an unconference conference and the schedule is built by the people who attend.

I went to some interesting sessions and even co-lead a workshop with Eddie on "How to Motivate the Unmotivated Teachers". We weren't supposed to lead it but no one else wanted to be in charge and I love taking over so we did it. The room was packed and I turned to Eddie and said, "Eddie, I think you and I should lead this topic." Eddie's response: "Let's do it!"

After lunch, I went and watched John Mein present to a group on SMART Board tools. They were really impressed not just with the tools he showed, but how easy he explained how layers work on a SMART Board. It was a brand-new multitouch board that he pointed out to me. I think he wants one. But then the board wasn't too accommodating for him. I don't think he would turn one down though if I had one. I told him I hope he wins one here.


My morning session was with Kevin Honeycutt who will be the luncheon speaker on Wednesday for our TEC-SIG meeting. At one point, he plugged his iPad into a custom guitar and played it along with someone playing drums on an iPod. Very fun!



So what did you experience today?

Monday, February 6, 2012

Day 1 - Monday

For me, today was the Google Academy part of TCEA. I really enjoyed what I learned and have been playing around with Moderator and some of Aviary.

And for everyone else, we do have Google Apps for EDU accounts already setup. You can go to Google.com and sign-in with your full email address as the username and then your network password as you password.

I made a Moderator tool today and embedded it right into my KISD IT webpage. Check it out when you get a chance! 

What did you attend today? Anything worth sharing?

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Scheduling

I hope you answered the first post asking about what you are most looking forward to at this year's TCEA conference. In this post, I would like to see your schedule for sessions you are considering attending. I will post mine as well.

The session guide is available online at TCEA's website or you can click this link to download the 41-page PDF.

What types of sessions are you most interested in? Are the keynote speakers going to be relevant toward what you are investigating? What exhibits are you looking forward to seeing?

Monday, January 16, 2012

What are you looking forward to?

Basic question and I hope you answer this: What are you most looking forward to at TCEA this year?

What to you hope to see? Learn? Get out of your experience this year?