TCEA 2010 - Charting New Waters

This site is to provide information for our KISD attendees to the conference this year. TCEA's Conference website is:; TCEA's Social Network NING website is:

Traveling Information for the conference:
The Austin Convention Center is located in downtown Austin off of Red River Street and Cesar Chavez. Here is information about the Convention Center:

Driving & Directions:
When I drive to Austin, I go through Fredericksburg to Johnson City and then over to Austin.
I take TX-16N to Fredericksburg and turn right at E. Main Street - US-290E /US-87S. In Johnson City, the road splits and I go to the right to stay on US-290 E and then take the left turn exit to continue to Austin. Once in Austin, take the Texas Loop 1 N exit and merge onto this road. This is also called Mopac. Exit from Loop 1 to W 1st St/W Cesar Chavez St. Take a right onto Cesar Chavez St. and the Convention Center will be on the left at the light for Red River Street.

Room & Hotel Arrangements:
We have multiple groups going so some people are staying in different locations than the other groups.
Omni Hotel -700 San Jacinto Boulevard, Austin, TX 78701 - has a shuttle to take you to convention center
Double Tree Hotel - 6505 IH-35 North, Austin, TX 78752-4346 - no shuttle
Hyatt Regency - 208 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78704 - has a shuttle to take you to convention center

Omni Room 1
Omni Room 2
Omni Room 3
Omni Room 4
Omni Room 5
Omni Room 6
Double Tree Room 1
Double Tree Room 2
Double Tree Room 3

Tuesday Night
Donna J
Sharie M
Kerri S
Matt T
Melanie H
Bob B
Greg A
Jessica C
Alison B

Amy B
Patty H
Julie P
Wes B
Kim L
Nathan G
Richard K
Leigh C
Amy H

Wednesday Night
Lou Anne B
John M
Kerri S
Matt T
Melanie H
Bob B

April R
Richard K
Julie P
Wes B
Stacey B
Nathan G

Parking information:
The downtown hotels will have parking for your vehicles if you are staying at the hotel. Due to federal funding stipulations, we cannot pay you in advance for parking. We can pay you a reimbursement for parking if you provide us with documentation.

· Bring back a receipt from the hotel for parking (some will give you a receipt each day and some will give you a cumulative receipt).

· Do not valet park when self park is available

· You will not be reimbursed for any sales tax only flat parking fees

· Make a copy of all receipts for your records

· Return your original parking receipts to Joel Adkins along with your name and dates of travel by 2-17-09

Packing Information:
Pack for comfortable walking. Dress code is Business Casual. Jeans are fine to wear as are walking/running shoes. Due to variable temperatures during the week, you may want to wear layers for comfortable temperature shifts.

The Day Pack:
When I go, I take my own backpack. The conference provides you with a bag but it isn't comfortable for all day wear and tear. I carry a backpack that allows me to carry what I need for the day and with room for expansion to put all the things I collect.
Suggested items to carry:
Water bottle
Antibacterial hand sanitizer

Internet/Email Access:
If you have a laptop or wireless device, both the convention center and your hotel should provide you with Internet access. The Convention Center also offers an email checkpoint where they provide computers for you to access your own email. This information will be in the Convention book you receive when you get your name badge and bag.

SMART Sessions:
These are all sessions geared toward SMART Boards and using SMART Resources in the classroom.
Booth 1629 is the SMART Booth - also known as "The Main Stage". Every 30 minutes, they will be providing a training using SMART Tools. This booth gets a lot of traffic because of their give-aways! Stay and get a cool T-shirt along with some ideas.
Technology Playground - Room 11AB on Level 4 is the SMART Room open Wednesday through Friday.

I have a sneak peak into Wednesday! Remember, these overlap in times because they are in different SMART Rooms.
Wednesday - Booth 1629 Sessions:
9:45 - Simple Tips for Extraordinary Lessons using SMART Notebook
10:15 - Math and SMART Notebook software
11:45 - Science and SMART Notebook software
12:15 - Assessing Student Understanding in Real Time
12:45 - Math and SMART Notebook software
1:15 - Collaborative Learning Software with SMART Notebook and Lesson Activities
2:15 - ESL (Every Student Loves) SMART Boards
2:45 - Building SMART Communities - How to connect to other SMART Educators (Professional Development)
3:45 - Prize Drawings - Dress SMART! Win Prizes!

Wednesday - Technology Playground Sessions:
9:45 - Discover Science in a SMART Interactive Classroom
10:15 - Podcasting with a SMART Board
10:45 - Personlized Learning with SMART Notebook Student Edition
11:15 - SMART Ideas and Our Solar System
11:45 - Get the Right Answer Every Time: SMART Notebook Math Tools
12:15 - Introduction to SMART Classroom Suite
12:45 - Differentiated Instruction: SMART Style
1:15 - Keep Students Focused with SMART Sync
1:45 - SMART in Everyday Classroom
2:15 - Digital Storytelling made SMART
2:45 - Discover Science in a SMART Classroom
3:15 - Elementary Math, the SART Gallery and Beyond
3:45 - Daily Prize Drawing - Dress SMART and Win Prizes!

Session Recommendations:
Look for presentations by Tammy Worcester. She is fantastic!