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Learn the ‘Five Es’ at TCEA 2012

Attendees will explore, engage, and embark on technology-driven adventures.

The Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) kicks off its 32nd Annual Convention and Exposition on Feb. 6 in Austin, Texas.

This year’s conference will focus on five “Es”: Embark, engage, energize, empower, and educate.

Attendees will find a bevy of opportunities in each focus area.

Embark: Meet and network with educators and administrators who love technology and want to learn more about classroom integration and best practices. Meet with like-minded professionals from Texas and beyond and expand personal learning networks.

Engage: Engage in a week full of professional development with hands-on and peer-to-peer learning opportunities, exploration of new trends through interactive learning environments, in-depth presentations from leading educational technology experts, and inspiring keynotes.

Energize: Discover leading-edge products and services in the 900+ booth exhibit hall. Explore leading technology integration products and services and learn more about what products are available for you to innovate learning in the classroom.

Empower: Listen to top-notch, nationally recognized keynote speakers deliver empowering and inspiring educational messages.

Educate: Explore new trends for innovating classroom learning experiences with more than 100 hands-on workshops and 300 presentations on subjects that range from the basics to the latest trends and hot topics in educational technology.

Tory Belleci, who works on the Discovery Channel’s “MythBusters,” will deliver the opening keynote session in which he will focus on engaging students in science and technology.

Kim Komando will deliver Thursday’s keynote address. Kim has built a media legacy driven by her passion for “all things digital.” She does a Digital Minute radio feature five days a week and has written 10 books about life in the digital age.

In a small shed behind a community homeless shelter, Stacey Bess taught kindergarten through sixth grade to children with no homes and little hope, an experience that effected a profound change in the teacher as well as her students. Bess, who delivers the closing keynote, discovered that by teaching and modeling love, self-worth, personal power, and courage she could reach children who had previously been labeled “unteachable.”

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