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 TCEA 2023 was the intersection of passion and possibility, curiosity and discovery, education, and technology

13 edtech developments at TCEA 2023


 TCEA 2023 was the intersection of passion and possibility, curiosity and discovery, education, and technology

The 2023 TCEA Convention & Exposition offered the opportunity for educators to connect in person and share insights and innovations around teaching and learning.

Held in in San Antonio this year, TCEA 2023 was “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 gave educators–including administrators, classroom teachers, IT leaders, curriculum directors–to attend sessions targeted to their interests and their individual school or district needs. Content touched on social media in the classroom, IT challenges, innovative edtech tools, and more.

Here’s a sample of some of the newest products and announcements from the conference:

Beanstack unveiled a brand-new admin experience to make it easier than ever for you to grow your school’s culture of reading. Teachers and media specialists can easily monitor weekly reading progress, log for classes, access student information, and create classroom challenges in our revamped admin dashboard. With this suite of updates, you can target reading recognition or support for individual students and provide curriculum-aligned reading motivation to your classes.

BenQ plans to eliminate digital integration hurdles in the classroom with its teacher-focused smart boards. BenQ demonstrated the ease and intuitiveness of its germ-resistant BenQ Board RM03 and RP03 Series, highlighting Tap and Teach technology, secure single sign-on, EZWrite software, InstaShare wireless screen sharing, and other features. BenQ also showcased its family of BlueCore laser education projectors and InstaShow WDC20E education wireless presentation system (WPS).

Boxlight presented its family of brands – Mimio, MimioSTEM, Clevertouch® Technologies, and FrontRow. Each brand featured solutions including interactive technology, comprehensive STEM curriculum, 3D printing for schools and makerspaces, audio for campus and classroom, and school safety solutions. Of interest is Attention! – a technology solution that enhances campus communication via both audio and visual means. Attention! technology works in combination with the FrontRow Conductor system, the CleverLive cloud management platform, and either the MimioPro 4 or IMPACT Max (Clevertouch Technologies) interactive displays to provide schools with a comprehensive and effective communication solution. Administrators can share general school and event information, updates to schedules and meetings, and broadcast emergency alerts.  

Epson announced the expansion of its PowerLite® and BrightLink® laser projector lines. Adding 12 new lamp-free laser displays, powered by Epson’s proprietary 3-chip 3LCD technology, the new models deliver big, bright images, along with convenient collaboration tools, easy setup and ultra-wide options to ensure all participants can see, interact and be seen. Sitting a few inches from the wall, the new PowerLite EB-810E Ultra is Epson’s first ultra-short throw solution for classrooms and meeting rooms to leverage Epson’s 4K Enhancement technology. Epson is making it even easier for educators to get connected with its new browser-based BrightLink GoBoardTM 780Fi ultra-short throw interactive laser display.

Jabra demonstrated the PanaCast 50, offering state-of-the-art Panoramic-4K video technology. PanaCast 50’s 180-degree view shows all areas of a classroom and lets educators focus on specific areas within the classroom–for instance, if students are testing in one area and need closer monitoring. PanaCast 50 uses 8 microphones with features to focus on speech and not background noise. The technology allows teachers to broadcast their lessons to other schools, districts, or homes. It also allows for video interaction with parents, district leaders, and others. With PanaCast 50, educators can leverage the tools they used during COVID in a new way.

JAR Systems promoted the new Elevate Air USB-C Open Charging Cart. Powered by Quick-Sense USB-C PD Charging, devices automatically charge quickly and efficiently, up to 65W output per port. An AC adapter-free solution, Elevate Air saves time by removing cable management processes from your team’s workflow. The practical, open design provides easy access to devices and the ability to see that all devices are connected for charging with a glance.

LanSchool showcased LanSchool Air, its cloud-based classroom management solution that empowers educators to engage with students. It’s compatible with Mac, Windows, Chromebooks, and mixed-device environments. Integration is simple, updates are automatic, and it’s ready to scale with your school or district’s needs.

Communication Specialist John Karstetter from Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District (CFBISD) discussed how districts can bridge the communications gap between school and home. In his 60-minute session, Karstetter discussed five common barriers that impact family engagement and share practical communications recommendations. Attendees left with best-practice methodologies for leveraging technology tools, such as the ParentSquare platform, to positively impact family engagement.

Promethean showcased its new ActivPanel 9 with ActivSync and the Symphony Classroom digital assistant by Merlyn Mind. Promethean’s latest ActivPanel is powered by the company’s patented ActivSync technology and responds to an evolving education environment. Promethean will also highlight Symphony Classroom with Merlyn, a complete education technology solution that includes an AI hub, software platform, and remote control – most importantly, it frees teachers from the front of the class so they can move around and interact with their students. 

Screencast-O-Matic promoted both Screencast-O-Matic and ScreenPal. Screencast-O-Matic’s integrated video creation and sharing solution gives educators like you everything you need in one place for instruction, engagement, assessment, and professional development, including: Quick, personalized video messages, created and shared directly in your LMS, email, or any browser-based application; easy creation tools for recording, annotating, and editing videos; video storyboards to streamline your workflow and facilitate collaboration; interactive video quizzing for feedback and assessment; advanced video analytics for actionable insights into student learning; and safe, secure, and private video management so you can back up, organize, and share your content with colleagues, students, and parent. ScreenPal lets users create quick, authentic video messages. Easily record videos from any text box or comment field in browser-based apps, then share. Less typing, fewer meetings, better communication.

SMART Technologies debuted the latest SMART interactive displays for education. This new release includes the new SMART Board® MX (V4) series, and the SMART Board GX (V2) series. These new displays join the SMART Board 6000S series as the only interactive displays that allow multiple users to freely write, erase, and gesture at the same time, across platforms and applications. 

Varsity Tutors demonstrated Varsity Tutors for Schools, an assigned tutoring solution that empowers classroom teachers to manage and schedule face-to-face personalized support from tutors facilitating individualized instruction and intervention when needed and extending teacher capacity and control.

VEX Robotics promoted VEX GO, an affordable construction system that teaches the fundamentals of STEM through fun, hands-on activities that help young students perceive coding and engineering in a fun and positive way.

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