Welcome to the eSchool News Conference Information Center‘s special coverage of the Texas Computer Education Association’s 26th Annual Convention & Exposition, taking place at the Austin Convention Center from Feb. 6-10, 2006.

This year’s theme is “Technology Gone Wild.” Speakers at this year’s conference include Wednesday’s keynote speaker Ken Carter, head coach of Richmond High School in Richmond, California, whose experiences coaching the school’s basketball team became the subject of the movie, “Coach Carter,” starring Samuel L. Jackson. Other speakers include Dr. Arnie Abrams, professor of education technology at Southern Oregon University and author of the Best-selling book “Learn Photoshop Elements in a Day”; Dr. Bernie Dodge, originator of the wildly successful WebQuest, the web-based, inquiry-oriented research activity for students; Kathy Schrock, author of over 100 articles on technology and education and five books dealing with the Internet and educational technology, including Kathy Schrock’s Every Day of the School Year; and David Thornburg, noted public speaker, Senior Fellow of the Congressional Institute for the Future, and author of The New Basics: Education and the Future of Work in the Telematic Age, an in-depth discussion on teaching the skills necessary for success the 21st century workplace and, most recently, Campfires in Cyberspace, a guide to teaching with the web.

This year’s TCEA conference also features over 300 free instructional sessions, including talks on Microsoft MovieMaker software, podcasting, integrating science and technology, digital tools in the classroom, blogging, teaching English-language learners, distance learning, and much more.

In addition to TCEA’s free sessions and keynote speeches, there will be more than 700 exhibits of products and services for instructional and administrative software, Internet, staff development, desktop/network security, and more. Exhibitors for 2006 include Adobe Systems Inc., Atomic Learning, BlackBoard Inc., CDW-G, Harcourt Assessment, Hewlett-Packard, Ignite! Learning, Library Video Company, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), LEGO Education, Novell, Scholastic Inc., SMART Technologies, and Texas Instruments.

And don’t forget to check out the eSchool News Conference Correspondents. These minute-by-minute conference updates are written by volunteer correspondents and posted in a blog format. They include breaking news, product spotlights, and seminar reports. Our volunteer correspondents want to help other educators integrate technology into their curricula, and will be offering their insight for the duration of TCEA 2006.

The Texas Computer Education Association dates back to 1980, and has played a major role in many of the education-related success stories that have come from Texas over the past quarter-century. The organization’s primary focus is: “integrating technology into the K-12 environment and providing members with state-of-the-art information through conferences, workshops, newsletters, the internet, and collaborations with higher education and business.”

TCEA 2006–Information for Attendees
http://www.tcea2006.org/Attendees/default.asp

TCEA 2006–Information for Exhibitors
http://www.tcea2006.org/Exhibitors/Default.asp