This year's conference was special for me because it marked the first year I was able to present. After last year's conference I was bound and determined to present at TCEA so Becky and I submitted four proposals. We figured with that many turned in, one was bound to be selected, and one was selected, Differentiated PD for Technology Integration (my dissertation research). We were also asked by the Technology Applications Teacher's Network to present one of our other proposals (Web 2.0 Tools to Increase Engagement and Learning in Mathematics) for their all day academy on Tuesday. We had great turnout for both sessions and were blessed to meet some great people with amazing ideas.
It has been amazing to me at how far my thinking has come in the last few years regarding Educational Technology. Three years ago, I sat in the TCEA sessions with my head spinning because I had no idea all the tools and resources that I was missing. I couldn't even fathom what was possible at that time. I, like many teachers still, believed I was good at integrating technology because I could use my laptop/document camera/projector without the aid of anyone else. That conference inspired and challenged me greatly, and today I sit in an Instructional Technology position because of it, hoping to change the attitude and beliefs of teachers regarding technology's place and function in the classroom.
Now that I am back in the office, I am finally getting a chance to reflect on what I learned this year in Austin. Over the next several posts, I hope to try and synthesize it all down and share, along with ideas and great resources I have come across.
If you have never had the opportunity to attend TCEA, I encourage you to look into it for next year. It really is an experience every educator in the state of Texas should have. http://www.tcea.org/