Deena Kimmel, Marketing Specialist

Texthelp’s List of Recommended #TCEA 2018 Sessions


The Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) Convention & Exposition is taking place in Austin, Texas from February 5 - 9. TCEA "brings thousands of educators together with the knowledge and resources they need to transform the future of teaching and learning." So, if you are interested in learning about the latest innovations and trends that can help you revolutionize education, this is the conference for you.




To help you navigate the incredible list of sessions, we’ve highlighted a handful that we’re most excited about. Below please find the list of Texthelp-recommended sessions.
 

Texthelp's Sessions:

Monday, February 5

8:30 - 10:00 am: Making Science Digital with GSuite and Classroom
John McGowan, Texthelp (@jmacattak)
Efren Rodriguez, Port Isabel High School (@EfrenR)


Creating digital responses in the science classroom used to be a difficult process. The notation can be complicated to type and frustrating for students and teachers alike. We will focus on simplifying this process using EquatIO, enhancing ways students can respond digitally and collaboratively within Google's G Suite.
 

Tuesday, February 6

8:30 - 10:00 am: Math in the GSuite and Google Classroom
John McGowan, Texthelp (@jmacattak)
Alice Keeler, Dave Burgess Consulting Inc. (@alicekeeler)


Creating digital math used to be a difficult process. It can be complicated to type and frustrating for students and teachers alike. We will focus on simplifying this process using EquatIO and Google Classroom, enhancing ways students can respond to math problems digitally and collaboratively within Google's GSuite and increasing feedback response. 
 

Friends of Texthelp's Sessions:

Monday, February 5

10:30 - 12:00 pm: Eight Keys to Transforming Learning
Eric Sheninger, International Center for Leadership in Education (@E_Sheninger)
Thomas Murray, Future Ready Schools / Alliance for Excellent Education (@thomascmurray)


A redesigned learning experience shifts the teaching and learning paradigm to one that is personal, grounded in evidence, leverages tech, transforms learning spaces, drives professional growth and community collaboration, and ensures sustainability. In this session, Murray and Sheninger will explain and dissect each of these eight keys.


12:00 - 2:00 pm: Purple Puzzle Piece? R&W4CG for Accessible Text!
Nancy Biddinger, Orange County Public Schools (@BiddingerFL)

The little purple puzzle piece is the link to the Read&Write for Google Chrome App that makes documents, files and web pages more accessible to all students at all ability levels and in all content areas. Hear how one school system is using this tool to support student reading, writing and research in classrooms across the district. 

Tuesday, February 6

8:00 - 9:30 am: Are You Future Ready to Rumble?
Carl Hooker, Eanes ISD (@mrhooker)
Brianna Hodges, Stephenville ISD (@eduTECHtastic)
Thomas Murray, Future Ready Schools / Alliance for Excellent Education (@thomascmurray)
Mark Ray, Vancouver Public Schools (@_TeacherX)‏
Shannon Miller‏, International Speaker / Consultant / Author (@shannonmmiller)


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 a classroom, library, or administrator's office, learn from fellow leaders how you can work together to support future ready learners with free tools and resources.


12:30 - 2:00 pm: Having It Your Way: Differentiation with Digital
Nancy Biddinger, Orange County Public Schools (@BiddingerFL)

How do you use digital resources to get the greatest impact for student learning? Discover how to plan for differentiation through submissions, feedback, scheduling, and specific support tools. Get hands-on practice with tools and leave with tips and strategies for differentiation in your classroom. 
 

Wednesday, February 7

12:00 - 1:00 pm: 18 Challenges for Teachers to Try in 2018
Kasey Bell, Region 10 ESC / Shake Up Learning (@ShakeUpLearning)

Challenge yourself this year to try new tools in the classroom, and to take your own professional learning to the next level. Inside this session, we will cover 18 things for teachers to try in 2018 including fun Google tools, cutting edge technologies and other ways to Shake Up Learning this year!


1:15 - 2:15 pm: Collaborating with Slides in the Classroom
Amy Mayer, friEdTechnology (@friEdTechnology)

Research tells us that lessons which are “active, social, contextual, engaging, and student-owned lead to deeper learning,” but how, exactly, are teachers supposed to make that happen in the classroom? Come by this session to experience a simple technique you can use in your classroom to improve learning through Google Slides, and let Slides become a powerful new platform for learning and collaboration in your classroom with Amy Mayer of friEdTechnology.com (because everything is better friEd).


1:15 - 2:15 pm: Getting Googley: Using Google Apps for Education to Inspire Learning
Alice Keeler, Dave Burgess Consulting Inc. (@alicekeeler)

This session is for teachers who are not familiar with what Google Apps for Education (GAFE) has to offer. You'll be introduced to Google Drive, Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, and Forms. This hands-on workshop has participants creating, sharing, and collaborating with Google. *Not tablet friendly.
 

Thursday, February 8

8:00 - 9:00 am: A Student-Centered Approach to Using Google Classroom
Alice Keeler, Dave Burgess Consulting Inc. (@alicekeeler)

Google Classroom allows you to assign work and collect it, but let’s not use new tools in old ways! Technology allows us to rethink how the classroom functions. Help students have a voice and a choice in their learning. This session goes over strategies to shift from a traditional classroom to a student-centered one when using Google Classroom.


2:30 - 3:30pm: Dynamic Learning with G Suite
Kasey Bell, Region 10 ESC / Shake Up Learning (@ShakeUpLearning)

With collaborative tools like G Suite that are available 24/7, the learning doesn’t have to end when the bell rings. Let’s explore ways to go beyond traditional learning--beyond the bell, beyond the due date, beyond the walls--and prepare future ready students using G Suite for Education.

Note: Kasey has a similar session called Go BEYOND with Dynamic Learning taking place Friday, February 9 from 8:00 - 9:00 am
 

Friday, February 9

9:15 - 10:15 am: Keep It Up! Going Deeper with Google Docs
Ann Mansier, Orange County Public Schools (@AnnMansier)

In this session, you will learn how to go deeper and do more with Google Docs by learning how to integrate and use Google Keep, as well as other (free!) add-ons and extensions, such as Extensity, Grammarly, and Read & Write for Google Chrome.

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