The theme of TCEA 2010 was

The theme of TCEA 2010 was "Charting New Waters."

How to offer a successful online-learning experience, and how to integrate technology in meaningful ways with even the youngest of learners, were two of the many education technology themes explored during the Texas Computer Education Association’s 30th annual conference last month.

With a theme of “Charting New Waters” in education, the conference—held Feb. 8-12 in Austin—also featured a rousing keynote speech from Christopher Gardner, the man whose life experiences inspired the movie The Pursuit of Happyness, and an exhibit hall with hundreds of ed-tech companies showcasing their latest products.

Here’s a roundup of our TCEA 2010 coverage.

TCEA keynote: Educators must show determination, drive

ChristopherGardnerChristopher Gardner, the man whose life experiences inspired The Pursuit of Happyness, his best-selling autobiography which later developed into a movie, welcomed attendees on the first day of the 30th annual TCEA conference with two words of wisdom: “Life happens.”

Gardner detailed his ambition to create a meaningful life despite the obstacles thrown his way, and several themes emerged during his talk—themes that educators most certainly have in common with Gardner: determination, drive, and positive thinking…

TCEA sessions focus on tech for all ages, online learning

The second day of TCEA’s 30th annual conference was filled with sessions focusing on STEM education, online learning, and iPods in classrooms, as well as a keynote speech from author and journalist David Kushner that focused on what makes today’s tech-savvy generation tick…

TCEA uses social media to share resources

Educators who couldn’t make it to every session during TCEA’s annual conference in Austin turned to the TCEA Twitter page and the TCEA Ning for summaries of resources that were discussed during sessions and workshops—including free tips and helpful web sites that educators can use in the classroom and for professional development…

BenQTCEA 2010: Exhibitor news

A partnership between Texas Instruments and NASA to develop free math lessons with a space exploration theme, professional development from PBS TeacherLine for educators who teach online, and new 3-D-ready projectors and content were among the highlights from the exhibit hall at the TCEA conference in February…