Friday, February 6, 2015

Learning In The Heart Of Texas With #TCEA15

This past week I spent some time with some fabulous educators gathered from in and around Texas at the 2015 TCEA Convention. This was my first time attending and my first time in Austin and I had a wonderful time learning, sharing and reflecting at this first-rate, mega-sized conference.

While I had 3 Featured sessions my mantra for the week was all about sharing. People ask why I spend all week at these events when I could just come in, present and be gone. It's selfish actually. I love learning. And these events are prime opportunities for me to learn from amazing educators. I want to model exactly what I encourage other educators to do. Expand your learning and learn as much as you can from others.

But also, share that knowledge as well.

Think about conferences like this. Only a small percentage of educators get to attend. There were approx. 10,000 educators here. What if each and everyone of those folks went back and shared all their learning with 5 people who couldn't be here. What if they shared with 10. That learning has the possibility to impact many hundreds of thousands of people.

While here I presented three sessions. Feel free to share the presentations or resources from any of them. (The presentations are in ClassFlow. You don't need an account to view them but if you want to use any of them you'll have to have a free ClassFlow account. And honestly you should have anyway!)

Flipping: It's Not Just For The Classroom-In this session we talked about how we can apply the principals of flipping the classroom and apply it to professional development and staff meetings to allow for more time for deeper professional learning and spend time on the things that matter.

Showing How Awesome Your Are: School and Leadership Branding-During this time together we discussed the reasoning behind using social media to engage with the local community. Its fascinating to look at the data and get a true sense of how social media can impact the stories that schools and leaders need to tell.

Super Secret Twitter Tips, Tricks and Resources-Everyone could use a little tip now and then on how to manage all the great information that comes from their Twitter feed. Here I reveal some of my favorite tools I use daily to manage and tame Twitter.

In addition to my sessions I got to attend some great sessions too. Here are my notes to share:

Has Your Flipping Flopped? Don't Flip Out-All about flipping the classroom and how 2 Texas educators are doing it in their elementary classrooms.

STEM In The Elementary Classroom-This was a great hands on session full of great elementary building, coding and making resources.

Rolling In Feedback: How Google Forms Changed My Life-A simple, but powerful session on Google Forms and all the ways to use them from the classroom to the school level.

Tammy Worcester Technology Tips and Tricks-I learned about some new apps and several tricks for getting more out of Google.

The Why Of Genius Hour-If you are thinking of starting Genius Hour in your school this was the session to be at. Lots of great information.

I enjoyed my time in Texas, even if it was cold and rainy. The learning was intense and wonderful. I am honored to have been invited to speak and hope to make many more TCEA conferences in the future!

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