Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Academies, Sessions, Workshops, Exhibit Hall, Google Playground, Oh My! EdTechTeam at TCEA 2017

On Feb. 6 - 9, 2017, EdTechTeam was back at the TCEA Annual Convention and Expo #TCEA17 for the second year in a row. We had a great time catching up with old friends and partners as well as making new friends throughout the week at our sessions and events.

Sergio Villegas and I (Monica Martinez) both made our rounds covering more than 881,400 sq ft of #edtechedu space at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. Let’s just say that I made my FitBit goals everyday of that week.

We kicked off the week leading a series of sessions during the Google Academy, and ELL/ESL Academy. TCEA has been hosting the Google Academy since 2011, so I knew it was important to provide attendees with some geeky stuff. As I prepared, I sought out some new and handy tricks to share during my Leveraging the Power of Google Apps session. Resources can be found on my site (Monica’s Google Site 101) as well as on our handy G Suite Tips Poster: Back to School Update.

We also had the chance to dive in deeper into the learning during our workshops.

Among my favorites was the Deep Dive: Creating Culture by Design workshop. The room filled up more than 40 minutes before the start of the session, and they had no idea the kind of fun and activities they were in for.

Only minutes into the session and we were off playing. The workshop was filled with hands on, minds on exploratory activities. No challenge was short of problem solving, collaboration, and good old fun while learning.

All the resources for the Deep Dive session can be found here: goo.gl/81wyDD

Get Google Certified!
We presented to a full house in the Google Classroom theater on how educators can level up with the Google Certification Programs. Educators can benefit from three different programs: Google Educator Certification Level 1 and Level 2, Google Certified Innovator, and the Google Certified Trainer.  

It was great to see so many people interested in becoming Google experts so that they could better support their students and colleagues at their schools. If you’re interested in learning more about these programs, check out the 411 here and learn some tips from experts in this handy Tips Poster.

Did you know? The next Google Certified Innovator will be held in London. Applications are open till March 6 and the event will be held on April 19 - 21. Good luck!

EdTechTeam Press
As we walked the floor and presented, we gave-a-way lots of great #edubooks from EdTechTeam Press. Among the books we gave were: Make Your School Something Special, Code in Every Class, HyperDoc Handbook, The Space, Dive into Inquiry, Innovate with the iPad, Classroom Management in the Digital Age, and the Google Apps Guidebook.  

We know that the ideas, lessons and best practices shared in these books will be put to good use back in schools across Texas. Congratulations to those that received a book. If you’d like to purchase a book, go to www.edtechteam.press and use the code #TCEA17 (valid till March 31).

Hanging with EdTechTeam Partners
Walking into the exhibit hall felt like going home for a high school reunion. At every corner, we just kept bumping into our friends. It was so great catching up with Greg from WeVideo, Kay from TextHelp, Nick from PearDeck, Peter from AmplifiedIT, Grady from MaxCases, Acer, Promethean, and so many others. Thanks to all of you for your continued support and for everything you do for education.

Google Playground
On Thursday, Feb. 9, EdTechTeam hosted the Google Playground at the Google Fiber space bringing together Google Educator Group Leaders, Google Certified Trainers, Google Certified Innovators and district IT directors. We spent the evening networking, playing with the new Acer Chromebooks, checking out some cool cases by MaxCases, signing up for new GEGs and just having a little “fun” downtime. This was the perfect way to end the week.

Thanks to everyone that came out. It was so great seeing you and we look forward to working with you throughout the year. Here’s where we will be in Texas.

Google Apps/G Suite Summits
Summits featuring Google for Education are high intensity two-day events that focus on deploying, integrating, and using G Suite for Education (formerly Google Apps for Education) and other Google Tools to promote student learning in K-12 and higher education.

Lubbock, Texas, hosted by Lubbock ISD
June 7 - 8, 2017, with pre-summit workshops on June 6
Authors Rushton Hurley (Making Your School Something Special), Heather Dowd (Classroom Management in the Digital Age), Kelly Hilton (The HyperDoc Handbook), and Kevin Brookhouser (Code in Every Class) will be presenting as well as featuring their books. We will also have a full day workshop dedicated to diving into digital lessons in the HyperDoc Bootcamp on June 6.

Learn More and Register at tx.gafesummit.com/southplains

Canyon, Texas, hosted by Canyon ISD
June 19 - 20, 2017, with pre-summit workshops on June 21
Author Heather Dowd (Classroom Management in the Digital Age) will be presenting as well as featuring her book.

Award winning video production teacher and now featured speaker Jim Sill will be presenting on video production and storytelling. As a Google for Education Certified Innovator & Trainer and Apple Distinguished Educator, Jim specializes in Google’s collaborative tools, project-based learning, and visual/media literacy.

“I think you all do an exceptional job! Thank you for making these Summits more like a vacation than training. You definitely spoil us. A big thank you to all the presenters and members for taking time away from their families and summer to provide teachers with so much wonderful information. You all are a great group.” 2016 Texas Panhandle Summit Attendee

Google Certification Bootcamps
EdTechTeam Bootcamps are ticketed events uniquely designed for schools and districts to host. The Google Certification Bootcamps focus on Level 1, Level 2 and the Google Certified Trainer.

Lancaster, Texas, hosted by Student Exploration and Engagement Center (SEEC)
May 19 - 20, 2017
Learn More and Register at goo.gl/0htfjL

Lubbock, Texas, hosted by Region 17 Education Service Center
June 12 - 14, 2017
Learn More and Register at goo.gl/SCZoME

For events at other locations, visit us online at events.edtechteam.com.  

Bring EdTechTeam to your school
EdTechTeam is available to come to your district to deliver custom summits or professional development. Contact Monica Martinez monica@edtechteam.com for more information, or if you’re ready to submit a request, go to www.edtechteam.com/request.

Thanks to Google For Education for the amazing learning platform and tools as well as their support. EdTechTeam is an official Google for Education Professional Development Partner.

Monica Martinez
Regional Director 
Austin, Texas

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