The latest Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) convention, where thousands of educators, administrators and IT leaders will share the latest tips and tactics on integrating technology in classrooms, is about to kick off.
TCEA 2016 begins Feb. 1 at the Austin Convention Center, in Texas, and will feature more than 900 sessions throughout the five-day event. Last year, more than 8,000 people attended the conference, which drew educators looking for guidance on the best practices for education technology. With 15 session themes this year, attendees will be able to create a custom menu of events designed to better prepare educators for 21st-century teaching.
Bookending this year's conference are two keynote presentations from visionaries in education:
Charles Best, left, and Barrington Irving will lead the two keynotes at this year's TCEA.
Charles Best, the founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org, a crowdfunding website for classroom projects in need, will lead this year's opening keynote session on Wednesday.
The closing keynote on Friday will be led by Barrington Irving, a pilot who, in 2007, became the youngest person and only African-American ever to fly solo around the world, according to the TCEA website. Irving leads the nonprofit Experience Aviation, which helps recruit students interested in aviation and STEM careers.
In addition to the two keynotes, this year there will be 10 featured presenters, all notable experts in their fields, who will lead sessions throughout the conference. Among them are two EdTech Top 50 IT bloggers: George Couros and Richard Byrne.
Veteran conference attendees know that preparation is a must. Before setting out at the conference, browse through the hundreds of sessions on the official TCEA program guide or use the smartphone app, and map out your daily plan of attack.
EdTech will provide coverage of TCEA from the show floor. Follow along on our conference page to gain insight into the best and brightest sessions this year.