Friday, January 23, 2015

My TCEA 2015 Schedule

TCEA convention 2015 is just a few days away (9 days!) and I want to share the list of sessions I plan to attend during the week. If there is a topic you would like to learn more about or you don't see covered in my list, let me know in the feedback below and I will get the information you need. 

Curated notes will be shared via Twitter @mradkins as well as my Storify page. You can follow my posts as well as other CISD staff attending using the hashtag #cisdtcea15 


Monday - Feb 2
I will be in the all-day long Google Academy. This is a conference within a conference with breakouts each hour on a variety of topics. I believe all of our Crandall staff attending will be part of this Academy so we should have good coverage on the topics presented. 

Tuesday -Feb 3
I am presenting from 8:00-9:00 on the topic "Getting Kids (& Adults) to Love Data". I am putting that presentation together now but the focus is on personalizing data to make it more interesting to those who just don't "get data". 

From 9:00-4:00, I will be participating in the iPad Academy which is also an all-day conference within a conference. Again, many of our Crandall attendees will be at this all-day multi-session breakout workshop. 

Wednesday - Feb 4
8:00-9:00 – Participatory Learning in an Online Learning Environment
9:15-10:15 – Bare is Beautiful – Software-Naked Computing (tools for every operating system)
10:30-11:30 – Makerspaces: Curating, Creating, Collaborating
11:30-1:30 – TEC-SIG luncheon with guest speaker Kyle Pace (author of Integrating Technology with Music Instruction)
1:30-2:30 – Exhibit Hall

2:30-3:30 – The Internet of Things (iOT) in Education: I will be presenting this topic. I have covered it for about 2 years now but have new ideas to share and resources. 

3:45-4:45 – iTech Nation: Flipping Professional Development
5:00 – Google: Driving Our Way to Success

Thursday - Feb 5
 8:00-9:00 – Failure Con – Learn from Failing: I will be co-presenting this topic with colleague and friend Eddie Mathews from Kerrville ISD. We are covering how failure helps us learn and guides us to win. 

9:00-10:00 – Exhibit Hall
10:00-11:00 – Blogger area, Makerspace, playgrounds
12:00-1:00 – Creating Purposeful PD via District Twitter Chats
1:15-2:15 – 3-D Printing in Schools – Steps to Getting Started
2:30-3:30 – The WHY of Genius Hour
3:45-4:45 – MOOCs for Professional Development or Flying Your Video to New Places (Drones!!)
5:00 – Meet your Area Director (Region 10)

Friday - Feb 6
8:00-9:00 – eBooks a Dynamic Curriculum Plan
9:15 – 10:15 – Flipping Your Faculty Meetings
10:30 - 11:00 - Exhibit Hall
11:00 – Closing Keynote Session

Friday, January 16, 2015

TCEA planning

We are less than 20 days away from the Texas Computer Education Association conference in Austin. The conference will be February 2-6 at the Austin Convention Center. This will be my 20th year to attend the conference. Before becoming a teacher, I used to visit the convention center with my Dad when he was presenting and I was just a student in college.

I am excited to be attending with a fresh group of newbies to the convention. The iCoaches will be in attendance for their first time to TCEA. We have lots of workshops and sessions to attend. Plus, they will be feasting at the TEC-SIG luncheon and getting to tour the miles long exhibit hall.

Taking newbies to TCEA is so fun! They have no idea what to expect and they are overwhelmed with new ideas, good ideas, new friendships, networking deals, and bags of goodies by the second day. On that second day, you can see they are hurting because their brains are overwhelmed! It takes almost a week for them to catch up on work missed while processing everything they learned and going through their bags to find all the cool stuff they picked up.

It reinvigorates them to see how far we've come here in comparison to other places and challenges them by seeing how far others have gone beyond where we are. The perspective shifts after the conference and they have a greater network to rely on for new ideas. Meetings are more cooperative too.

And this year, I am surprising them with something they will (hopefully) enjoy as part of their experience. I can't share it yet. It is a surprise. But I know my colleagues and peers will be so jealous once they learn what it is my Crandall peeps will have with them for their conference experience.

We are going to be sharing what we find with #cisdtcea15 on Twitter so follow along. If you have tips for travel or for the conference week, share below.