The Texthelp Team

Texthelp's Tips for #TCEA19

The final destination of the Texthelp World Tour 2019 is the TCEA 2019 Convention and Exposition, taking place in San Antonio, Texas from February 4 - 7. If you’re planning on attending and want to learn more about Texthelp, our products, or even what sessions we’d recommend attending, here is a helpful guide to everything that’s going on at #TCEA19!


Visit Booth #1545

We’ve got a great group of Texthelpers heading to TCEA this year, including the Texas local reps: Kay Tepera (@TH_KayTepera) and Mark Schwartz (@TH_MrSchwartz). Their home base will be Booth #1545, so feel free to stop by during the below Exhibit Hall hours to say hello, get a demo of our products, and learn what’s coming next!

Once you leave the booth, we have a fun Twitter contest you can participate in! Share at least one thing you learned while at the Texthelp booth or invite at least one friend or colleague to stop by our booth, and you’ll be entered into our contest. Just don’t forget to tag @TexthelpEvents in your Tweet. The winner will receive a signed copy of Kasey Bell’s book, Shake Up Learning: Practical Ideas to Move Learning from Static to Dynamic.

Exhibit Hall Hours

Tuesday, February 5: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Wednesday, February 6: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday, February 7: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Fun with ShakeUpLearning!

In case you need a bit more incentive to visit the Texthelp booth, Kasey Bell from Shake Up Learning will be there too! Kasey will be signing copies of her book, Shake Up Learning: Practical Ideas to Move Learning from Static to Dynamic, at the Texthelp booth on Wednesday, February 6, from 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm. If you don’t have the book yet, we will have 50 free copies available at the booth on a first come, first served bases. So, get to the signing early!

If you really want to be an early bird, sign up to join Kasey that morning from 6:30 am - 7:30 am for a CoffeeEdu, an early morning edchat with Kasey and fellow TCEA attendees. Texthelp will provide coffee and pastries to help fuel the conversation. The CoffeeEdu will be hosted at the CommonWealth Coffeehouse Hemisfair location (just a short walk from the Convention Center).

Shake Up Learning Book Signing and CoffeeEdu

Join our Friends

Several friends and customers of Texthelp are presenting at TCEA this year. Though there are so many great sessions to choose from, here are a handful of our recommendations:

texthelp's tcea recommended sessions

Monday, February 4

8:00 am - 3:00 pm: The Dynamic Learning Workshop
Kasey Bell, ShakeUpLearning (@ShakeUpLearning)

Is the learning in your classroom static or dynamic? Explore the why of dynamic learning, how to transform assignments into dynamic learning experiences, and how to purposefully plan and facilitate them. We will take a deep dive into the dynamic learning model and framework and create an action plan for meaningful learning transformation.

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Beyond the Red Pen: Providing Meaningful Feedback
Amy Mayer, friEdTechnology (@friEdTechAmy)

When students aren't using feedback to improve, we are wasting our nights and weekends. But there's a better way. In this session, you will learn to offer feedback your students can and will use in a fraction of the time you spend marking papers. Learn new ways to offer feedback using G Suite and other free tools.

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Blended Learning: A Shift in Paradigm
Kimberly Lane, Lancaster ISD (@askatechnogirl)

Understanding the difference between personalized learning, differentiated learning, and individualized learning is the key to a blended classroom. In this session, learn proven strategies to get teachers to understand how to blend digital and traditional to create an authentic learning environment.

Tuesday, February 5

9:45 am - 11:15 am: Gifted with Google
Amy Mayer, friEdTechnology (@friEdTechAmy)
Jessica Powell, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD (@SimplyEdTech)

We'll introduce you to a series of strategies we're using to make sure those six GT update hours count by integrating gifted and talented professional development with technology integration strategies teachers can use year round. For example, learn how to differentiate your assignments for both identified and non-identified gifted students.

1:30m pm - 2:20 pm: G Suite for D-Sweeties
Sharon Mcmichael, Lake Travis ISD

Explore, learn, and collaborate with G Suite for EDU using the fonts, extensions, apps, and add-ons that help dyslexic and struggling readers be successful, independent learners in the classroom and at home.​

3:00 pm - 3:50 pm: Going Digital in the ELAR Classroom
Jessica Powell, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD (@SimplyEdTech)

Learn ways to use cloud-based services to create digital writing portfolios, assess writing online, and give real-but-virtual feedback.

Wednesday, February 6

9:00 am - 11:00 am: CLICK with Student-Created Tech Tips
Nancy Watson, Plano ISD (@NancyWTech)
Clara Alaniz, Plano ISD (@techclara)
Trudy Johnson, Plano ISD (@trudy_fern)
Leah Heerema, Plano ISD (@TechKnowLeah)

Digital literacy is comprised of skills that don't always get specifically addressed in a traditional classroom. Teachers often either don't know these skills themselves or simply don't have time to teach them. Learn about one district's initiative to allow students to take the lead in teaching digital literacy skills!

9:15 am - 10:05 am: Creating Future Ready Schools
Thomas Murray, Alliance for Excellent Education (@thomascmurray)

Districts across the nation are becoming Future Ready. They're revamping such areas as curriculum, instruction, and assessment; professional learning; innovative learning spaces; community partnerships; data and privacy; use of technology, and more. Come learn about Future Ready Schools and leave with free tools and resources.

1:15 pm - 2:05 pm: Stranger Google! Crazy Tools from the Upside Down
Kasey Bell, ShakeUpLearning (@ShakeUpLearning)

There are so many amazing, lesser-known tools for teachers and students. Join me in the Upside Down for some fantastic Google tools that go beyond the core suite of applications. I promise this isn't scary!

5:00 pm - 5:50 pm: Do This, Not That: Dynamic Learning Makeovers
Kasey Bell, ShakeUpLearning (@ShakeUpLearning)

Move from static teaching to dynamic learning! In this session, we will take a look at some old-school static lessons and give them a dynamic learning makeover in a "do this, not that" style. Together we will shift from teacher-centered to student-centered strategies that integrate technology in meaningful ways.

Thursday, February 7

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm: Are you Future Ready to Rumble?
Thomas Murray, Alliance for Excellent Education (@thomascmurray)
Shannon Miller, Teacher Librarian, Speaker, and Author (@shannonmmiller)
Carl Hooker, Eanes ISD (@mrhooker)
Brianna Hodges, Stephenville ISD (@bhodgesEDU)

It takes a team to create Future Ready Schools! Learn how district and school leaders, instructional coaches, and librarians are working together to personalize learning. If you lead in a classroom, library, or administrators office, learn from fellow leaders how you can work together to support future ready learners with free tools and resources.

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Small Ed Tech Team? Get Big Ed Tech Impact!
Nancy Watson, Plano ISD (@NancyWTech)
Clara Alaniz, Plano ISD (@techclara)
Leah Heerema (@TechKnowLeah)
Trudy Johnson (@trudy_fern)

Our team of four digital learning specialists designed our Ed Tech Success Initiative (ETSI), a successful and popular summer PD event, to build capacity and make a bigger ed tech impact at our 72 campuses. Stop by our poster session to learn more about ETSI and leave with lots of tools and resources you can use in your school.

5:00 pm - 5:50 pm: Interactive Learning Menus and Choice Boards
Kasey Bell, ShakeUpLearning (@ShakeUpLearning)

Give your students choice in their learning through interactive learning menus and choice boards. In this session, we will explore examples of learning menus and choice boards, talk about instructional design techniques, explain how to differentiate, and share tips and tricks. Participants will walk away with tons of free templates!

Get Ready for TCEA with Some FREE Tools!

What better way to prepare for TCEA than to start exploring the edtech that will be featured there? We recommend starting your exploration with Read&Write and EquatIO. Not only are they great edtech tools for literacy and STEM, but they're also FREE for Teachers! Simply fill out our Free for Teachers form to get started.


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