The 2023 TCEA Convention & Exposition is almost here, and with the conference comes the opportunity for educators to connect in person and share insights and innovations around teaching and learning.
This year’s conference is in San Antonio and, according to the TCEA site, is “the intersection of passion and possibility, curiosity and discovery, education and technology. And it’s the kind of learning that will change the story of education.”
Conferences offer the opportunity for educators–from administrators and classroom teachers to IT leaders and curriculum directors–to attend sessions targeted to their interests and their individual school or district needs.
It’s not too late to register! Get started here.
Here are 7 TCEA 2023 sessions that caught our eye:
1. From Stigmas to Selfies: The Power of Using Social Media in the Classroom. Break through the stigma surrounding social media and learn how you can utilize it to foster communication with parents, develop and model digital citizenship skills with students, and grow personally in your field as an educator. Walk away with various apps, tools, and resources you can use to create your own personalized content today!
2. Immersive, Innovation Spaces Are Propelling Future-Readiness! Come actively engage with artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and a variety of innovative technology-rich devices. Explore ways to deepen STEM concepts, fulfill TEKS, and increase collaborative thinking and creativity. Refocus from strictly “making” to creation and innovation! Immersive, innovation spaces create endless opportunities for students to expand and apply their ideas and offer immeasurable opportunities for accelerating achievement and increasing engagement for students of all backgrounds and abilities. Let’s create a trajectory of learning opportunities for future-ready learners!
3. How to Create Accessible and Equitable Library Collections. Most librarians understand the importance of including diverse books in their collections, but deciding which books to get can be an intimidating challenge. What should you look for when considering books outside your life experience? How can technology tools, like social media, help you with your book research? How can you discern between respectful representation and harmful stereotypes? And what is up with #OwnVoices? In this session, which will have a special emphasis on mental health, disability, and neurodiversity, an autistic librarian will share tips and recommendations for making your library a place where everyone can belong.
4. 30 Apps That Support Student Executive Functioning. Learn how to support neurodivergent students’ executive functioning skills with 30 apps that promote time management, self-control, planning, goal setting, and problem solving. Leave with resources to share with peers and parents and the know-how to successfully train students and deployment the apps.
5. Analyze This: Data Is for Students, Too! Students analyzing their own data changes how they view ownership in their education! Learn why student-led data is not only impactful for your classroom or campus but essential for student ownership and growth. You will receive a “starter pack” that will not only answer the important question of “how do I get started?” but also give you all the resources needed to make your own version of student data trackers– digitally or on paper.
6. Organization for the Techy Teacher/Librarian. There are so many awesome ideas out there that we want to try out, but how to keep track of them all? Come learn about different ways to keep your library programming ideas, presentation ideas, and lesson ideas, and make sure that they go from “I want to try this” to “That was so much fun!”
7. Seven Social Media Inspired Project Ideas for Any Subject. Our favorite social media platforms can act as inspiration for student creations! Using the popular ways content creators share on social media as a baseline, we’ll examine how students can create graphics, write captions, and record videos related to their course work. Explore cross-curricular connections and applications for all ages. We’ll look at strategies for helping students share what they’ve learned, in big and small moments, and in ways similar to how they share in social spaces online. We’ll discuss what you need to do to set students up for success whether they are sharing with visuals or text.
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