TCEA 2014 ~ Get Inspired

by Sydney Musslewhite

TCEA Not Just for Techies - Save the Date!

The theme for this year's conference was "Get Inspired". And as per usual, it did not fail to deliver. There were so many amazing presenters sharing their trials and successes. Equally inspiring were the individual discussions and connections with other educators in the session's audience and the Digital Square. While TCEA is a technology organization (Texas Computer Education Association) and the conference is centered around all things about technology, it is far from being 'just for techies'. The majority of sessions are led by classroom teachers that are using fantastic tools and devices and experiencing great educational results with students. Talk with your principal today about getting in on the great learning for next year! Save the Date: February 2-6, 2015 Austin, TX #learnanywhere

Tools for Your Teacher Toolbox Click the Buttons Below to Redirect to the Tool Site

After deciphering my notes, I chose six tools that I wanted to highlight and share. Four of which are brand new to me. The gray buttons will take you directly to the tool's site and have a brief description underneath. Have fun exploring!

FREE: Create and play quizzes, discussions or even surveys (which we call Kahoots) using any device with a web browser… including a laptop, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Android, Chromebook, Windows Phone or PC and more...


FREE: Use only what you need from any video. Get right to the point. Insert audio notes or record over a video with your voice. Add questions at any point in the video and track your students' understanding.


FREE: Turn Google Spreadsheets into online flash cards in only four basic steps.


FREE & Classroom $: Presents each topic as an interactive visual interface, allowing the user to quickly grasp important concepts, key facts & relationships. Research a topic with an interactive map. Customize it with facts, links, and videos.


FREE: A free & safe way for students & teachers to connect and collaborate. "My Two Cents: Not a new tool, but mentioned in almost every session I attended. Provides another way to get images & short video off iPads for teacher viewing or grading."


FREE: ThingLink helps you create and discover rich images. Be creative! Make your images come alive with music, video, text, images, and more!

Favorite Quotes Heard or Tweeted at TCEA14

  • "Abuse of power and conflict is inevitable - our job is to help students navigate conflict." Rosalind Wiseman opening keynote #tcea14
  • "Instead of talking to the movers and shakers, talk to the moved and shaken." - Peter Jennings to John Quinones closing keynote #tcea14
  • "Take that first step... You don't have to see the entire staircase... Just take the first step." John Quinones closing keynote #tcea14
  • "If I can get students to love my class, I can get students to love my subject." Todd Nesloney @the3techninjas
  • "What you say online doesn't create a footprint. It creates a tattoo.." Amy Mayer @friedtechnology