Tips and Ideas / Feb 03, 2017

Make the Most of TCEA: Speakers’ Favorite Sessions

TCEA is almost here! With more than 900 sessions and 450 exhibitors, it’s going to be an intense few days, to say the least. To make sense of all the learning opportunities TCEA has to offer, we’ve asked our befriended speakers what they are looking forward to the most.

Shannon McClintock Miller

Shannon McClintock Miller worked as a K-12 district teacher librarian for 8 years. Now, she’s an international speaker and consultant who has a passion for education, librarianship, technology, social media, and making a difference in the world and lives of others, especially children.

As the Future Ready Librarians and Follett’s Project Connect Spokesperson, Shannon recommends joining a conversation about what it takes to be a Future Ready Librarian.

 ”I am excited to spread the word and support Future Ready Schools and Librarians at TCEA.  It is a wonderful opportunity to connect everyone as we embrace being Future Ready ourselves, along with the leaders, teachers, librarians and students within our school communities.” – says Shannon.

Shannon is also looking forward to Tom Murray’s session about “Future Ready Schools”.  If you’re hoping to implement bold, innovative solution at your school, this is your chance to learn from the best. Tom serves as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, a Project of the Alliance for Excellent Education, located in Washington, and has been recognized numerous times as a “Top Influencer” and “Thought Leader of the Year”.

Desiree Alexander

Desiree Alexander is an educational consultant who works with different school districts and companies to aid teachers and employees in integrating technology seamlessly. Desiree is keeping busy this year, with three presentations at TCEA – she will be talking about PowToon, Parent Pitfalls and The Many Uses of Google Forms.

“In addition to my sessions, I am looking forward to learning about how to flip a classroom without Internet from Summer Winrotte and Daniell Edmunds.” – says Desiree. “I am also very interested in learning how to play Minecraft for educational purposes from Benson Kwok.” – she added.

Jamie Morgan

Jamie Morgan is the best kind of teacher, drawing from her own personal interests, experiences, and knowledge to make learning fun for her students. If you’re an early elementary educator, her session is unmissable. “We were told Kindergarteners couldn’t use Chromebooks and they would be a waste of our time. We proved that not only CAN they use them, but using Chromebooks in Kindergarten enhanced our learning in dramatic ways that we could never have imagined!” – she says. “I’m looking forward to showing early elementary educators how Chromebooks can totally change the environment of the classroom and fast track learning of all students.”

Your Agenda

Take and Train Tech Series: Parent Pitfalls – Desiree Alexander, Wed, February 8th, 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Flip Your Classroom without Internet Access – Summer Winrotte and Daniell Edmunds,

Wed, February 8th, 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

What Does it Take to be a Future Ready Librarian? – Shannon McClintock Miller –

Wed, February 8th, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

You Can Do What? The Many Uses of Google Forms – Desiree Alexander, Mon, February 6th, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Powtoon Animated Videos: Bringing Life to Your Lessons – Desiree Alexander, Wed, February 8th, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Future Ready Schools – Thomas Murray - Wed, February 8th, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Learn to Play Minecraft: Education Edition – Benson Kwok, Thu, February 9th, 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Wait, Did You Say Chromebooks in Kindergarten? – Jamie Morgan, Thu, February 9th, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Conferences are usually busy, and to be frank, a little bit exhausting. But your day-to-day communication at school or in the classroom doesn’t have to be. This year at TCEA, book a 1-to-1 chat with us and get personalized advice about streamlining communication and transforming relationships with parents in your school. Book a 1-to-1 chat with Vlada, our CEO.

If you can’t commit to a fixed time, no worries – you can stop by the booth #2660 anytime. Say hello and make sure to enter into our raffle. We’re giving away an XYZ 3D printer and parent engagement kits for your school worth $4500! See you at the conference!


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