2015 TA7TC Archive

We are looking forward to another great TCEA Area 7 Technology Conference in White Oak, TX, on June 12, 2015. Sessions are in the program at the Online Program link in the left menu.

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TCEA Members - $40

Non-TCEA Members - $45 (includes a one year membership in TCEA)

White Oak Middle School
200 S. White Oak Rd.
White Oak, TX 75693

Huge thanks to our 
Keynote sponsor Odysseyware!
Opening Keynote by

Dean Shareski

The Classroom of the Future: And Your Future Starts Today
For the most part, the use of technologies in schools has done little to change schools and learning. Yet the affordances of these tools and resources has great potential. How are our best teachers taking full advantage? We’ll consider the fundamental concepts and dispositions teachers will need in order to achieve the levels of engagement and empowerment we desire for our students.

I like About pages. In fact the first time I visit a new site whether it’s a personal blog or business, I check this page out. It provides context around what I just read or am about to read. So with that, here’s what you might want to know.

Someone recently described me by saying, “If you want to learn from Dean, don’t follow him on twitter but read his blog instead” I thought that was a fair statement. This is the place where I’m pretty serious, or at least focused on my passion of learning and how to make better schools for our kids. Twitter? That’s a different story.

I’m the Community Manager for Discovery Education Canada since 2012. From 2002-2012 I worked as a Digital Learning Consultant with the Prairie South School Division in Moose Jaw, SK, Canada. Previous to that I taught grades K-8 for 14 years. I specialize in the use of technology in the classroom. I hold a Masters of Education in Communications and Technology through the University of Saskatchewan. I also am a sessional lecturer for the University of Regina.

Since late 2004 I’ve been immersed in understanding what the Read/Write Web is all about and how the new shape of knowledge changes how we all learn. I believe teachers and students ought to use technology to connect ideas and learners in safe, relevant, authentic ways to answer questions, share ideas and develop community. Learning can be, and should be, fun and personal. I was fortunate to be awarded the 2010 ISTE Award for Outstanding Leadership in Technology and Education. This honor is mostly a reflection of the great people I work with both within my school division and beyond. My greatest asset is that I know smart people and how to find them.

Special Guest

Closing Keynote by 

Five Things We Must Stop Pretending in 2015
The way we learn and share information has changed dramatically over the last decade. Many times it is difficult to let go of deeply held beliefs in order to embrace the new and unknown. We will take a look at five things we must stop pretending while we explore what it means to be a connected educator. 

Beth is a recovering Texan who grew up in the New Braunfels area. She taught social studies at an alternative high school for nearly 10 years. She has been the K-12 Innovative Teaching and Learning Specialist for Gering Public Schools in Gering, Nebraska since this past fall. She is a Google Certified Teacher and Google Education Trainer. Beth is the founder of the ISTE Newbie Project, a project which celebrates the importance of being a connected educator. She is passionate about the importance of being a connected educator and works diligently to help others discover the power that comes from being connected. Beth guest blogs for Classflow and she also maintains the blog Gering Bulldog Bytes, a resource sharing blog for her district. She has spent the last few months organizing the Sugar Valley Technology Summit, the largest technology conference in her region. You can connect with Beth on Twitter or on Google+.

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