TCEA Convention & Exposition

TCEA Convention & Exposition

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Build your PLN and transform your convention experience with these exciting interactive learning environments, hands-on learning opportunities, and social events.

Interactive Learning Spaces

Monday – Thursday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Get real, hands-on experiences with some of the coolest technologies in the field today. From the Oculus and 3D cameras to a variety of innovative tools, visit this interactive learning space to explore some of the cutting-edge tools that are engaging students and transforming learning.


The Experience at the Digital Square

Explore the cutting-edge virtual, augmented, and mixed reality technologies set to impact our world. Education and technology thought leaders and industry innovators share how virtual, augmented, and mixed reality technologies are poised to impact schools and how they are already changing how things are designed, tested, and built around the world. Learn how these technologies can easily and cost-effectively be incorporated into your classroom, campus, or district.

Solution Circles

Wednesday – Thursday

Build and expand your learning networks with peers taking on similar initiatives. During these 50-minute facilitated, round-table conversations, we will discuss common problems, explore solutions, and share resources. Expand your network and continue working together long after you depart the convention.

Topics include: K-12 Coding, Technology Applications Courses, Social Media in the Classroom, Campus Leadership, Young Professionals, Digital Coaching, Google Admin, Ed Tech Women, PreK-2, Digital Badges for Staff and Students, Effective PD, Future Trends, Evaluation of Technology, Building Stronger Teams, and Redesigning Learning Spaces.

View the final schedule for dates, times, and further details. (Coming soon.)

Poster Pavillion

Monday – Thursday

The Poster Pavilion will showcase multiple demonstrations and sharing opportunities in a relaxed, come-and-go environment. Explore and engage one-on-one or in small groups with the pavilion presenters. The pavilion is designed to encourage meaningful conversations regarding ideas, implementation, tools, and projects that you can immediately incorporate in your classroom, campus, or district. View the final schedule for topics and details.

Global Education Day


First session: 9 a.m. – noon
Second session (repeat): 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Globally connected teaching and learning is important if educators are to prepare students for an increasingly interconnected world. Find out how to develop students’ global competence and the role of ed tech in facilitating global project-based learning by attending the first ever Global Education Day at TCEA. This highly-interactive meetup for educators and school leaders will feature inspirational Ignite Talks by noted global educators and organization leaders working to connect classrooms. Additionally, round-table discussions will allow educators to showcase specific examples of global projects and initiatives. A global resource smackdown will let attendees share the best resources and tools for creating global experiences for students. Come join us for this extraordinary networking opportunity! Participants can sign up for one half-day meetup or both sessions if they would like a full day experience.

Surviving and Thriving: From Pre-Service to the First Year


New this year: a special strand for new teachers has been prepared with carefully selected content to support your needs. From learning classroom management tactics to discovering free, easy-to-implement tech tools, you will take away resources you can use now and as you continue to grow in the field.

Check out the special rates available to undergraduate students.

Can’t Miss Experiences

First Timers’ Session

11 a.m. – noon

7 a.m. – 8 a.m.

Not just for first timers’, this presentation gives even seasoned convention goers the tips and tricks you need to navigate the convention with ease and ensure you make the most of this week. Learn how to gain the maximum professional development, networking, and resource-gathering opportunities possible!


Tuesday Opening Session Featuring Marlee Matlin

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

The Academy Award-winning and Emmy-nominated Marlee Matlin is a writer, actor, and advocate who is outspoken in calling for better accessibility for millions of deaf and hard of hearing children and adults in developing countries. She is a dynamic and impassioned speaker who will leave listeners empowered to make a difference in the world, even if they start by changing just one person’s life. Learn More.


Exhibit Hall Opening Reception

3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

This year the opening of the convention exhibit hall will kick off with a grand reception. Mingle with other educators and enjoy tasty treats offered throughout the hall as you explore the best of the best in ed tech and innovative learning.


Advocacy Panel: Building on Legislative Gains – A Public Policy Forum

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The 85th Texas Legislature passed a significant package of bills that assist districts in bringing high-quality digital learning opportunities to all students. This panel will discuss how best to capitalize on these legislative gains to assist districts in providing an authentic learning environment powered by technology.


Friday Closing Session Featuring Judge Glenda Hatchett

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Judge Glenda Hatchett is perhaps best known for her incredibly popular and nationally-syndicated show Judge Hatchett. However, her accomplishments extend far beyond television. Both on and off the bench, she is an advocate for troubled children and teens. As the closing keynote, she will entertain and inspire as she speaks about encouraging youth to reach their greatest potential.  Learn More.

Transform Your Membership. Explore these great TCEA member resources.

Membership Booth
Monday – Friday

The TCEA membership team will be at the convention sharing resources you can take advantage of all year long. From certification programs to free online learning resources – with TCEA, you’ve got this.

TCEA Special Interest Groups

SIG’s provide networking and learning opportunities for educators in similar positions. Joining a SIG provides an outlet for sharing challenges and finding solutions with peers. You can learn more about TCEA Special Interest Groups here. Each SIG will be represented at the TCEA membership booth and at the following membership events.


Robo-SIG Meeting with Breakfast

8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

ROBO-SIG’s (Robotics Special Interest Group) mission is to become a network hub for educators involved in robotics. Annual dues are $10. This breakfast is free with active ROBO-SIG membership. Pre-registration is required.


Camp-SIG Meeting with Breakfast

8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Camp-SIG (Campus Technology Specialists Group) provides assistance and networking opportunities for campus instructional technologists. Annual dues are $10.

This breakfast features two engaging speakers, Janet Corder and Joan Gore. Take a journey with Janet and Joan as they travel down the Ed Tech Memory Lane and end the trip by sharing some of the best new tech tools for engaging students and delivering curriculum.

This breakfast is free with active Camp-SIG membership. Pre-registration is required.


Fore-SIG Meeting

11 a.m. – noon

The Free and Open Resources for Education SIG builds and activates a community of educators who promote and support opportunities for technological advancement through Free and Open Source software solutions in K-16 education.

Current members and those interested in learning more about FORE-SIG are encouraged to attend. Advance registration and SIG membership are not required.


TEC-SIG Luncheon

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

TEC-SIG is the largest SIG and provides a means of communication between technology coordinators, instructional technology leaders, and administrators.

At this lunch, John Wink, Blue Ridge ISD Superintendent and author of “A Leader’s Guide to Excellence in Every Classroom,” will speak on how tech can accelerate teacher learning by prioritizing professional development and personalizing learning to the unique needs and learning styles of the teacher, not the limitations of the district.

Luncheon registration is $50 and active TEC-SIG membership is required. Annual dues are $20. Pre-registration is required.


LIB-SIG Meeting

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Library SIG helps librarians increase their technology skills and integrate those skills into the learning environment. This meeting is in conjunction with the Librarian/Media Specialist-focused Premium events, but both Basic and Premium registrants may attend this event. Registration is complimentary for all current members and anyone interested in learning more about joining LIB-SIG.

Special Events

TCEA Educator Awards

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Outstanding educators are recognized each year with the TCEA Educator Awards and Scholarships. TCEA members are encouraged to apply or nominate deserving peers by the fall deadline. Learn more about these opportunities and review the submission details.

This is an invitation only event. Please contact [email protected] for additional information.


SIG Officer’s Breakfast

7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Invitation-only event designed as a time for the 2017-2018 SIG officers to relax and reflect as we celebrate their service to their members.

Past Presidents’ Brunch

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

This invitation-only brunch celebrates current and past leadership of TCEA. Past Presidents should contact Katie Treat if they have misplaced their invitation details.