TCEA Convention & Exposition

TCEA Convention & Exposition

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Call for Presenters

From hands-on how to’s to important advice on technology implementation, if you have something new and valuable to say about ed tech, we want to hear from you.

Submit your proposal by May 31st for a chance to share your expertise with our attendees.

All proposals will be carefully reviewed and selected by a committee of TCEA members. Applicants will receive acceptance or regret notifications in July 2017.

TCEA is the largest state organization in the nation devoted to the use of technology in education. For the past 37 years, this nonprofit member organization has played a vital role in increasing the use and efficacy of technology in education. The 2017 TCEA Convention & Exposition attracted 8,000+ registered attendees, with 450+ exhibitors, and 1,000+ educational sessions.

About the Strands

Each presentation should align with one of the following strands:

  • 1:1, District Supported Devices, BYOT (Implementation and Management)
  • Leadership and CTO (Advocacy and Educational Policy, Administration, Assessment and Accountability, Funding, Technology Planning and Evaluation)
  • Online and Blended Learning (Global Connections, Virtual Classrooms, Flipped Classrooms)
  • Library Media (Information Literacy, Library Services, and Media Integration)
  • Professional Development (Professional Development Strategies, Models, and Deployment)
  • Pedagogy and Instructional Design (Technology Integration, Best Practices, Strategies, Project- and Problem-based Learning, Makerspaces, Learning Environments)
  • Special Populations (GT, ELL/Migrant/Bilingual, Special Needs)
  • Technical Support (Infrastructure, Network Services, Software/Hardware, and Informational Technology)
  • Technology Applications and CTE Courses (Coding, Computer Science, BIMM, STEM, STEAM, etc.)

About the Selection Process

Individuals representing all academic disciplines and levels in the educational system and all phases of technology education are welcome to submit proposals. Sessions will be chosen based on their interest to convention attendees and relevance to current trends and best practices.

All proposals will be carefully reviewed and selected by a committee of TCEA members. Applicants will receive acceptance or regret notifications in July 2017.

Presenter Requirements
TCEA requests that all presenters and co-presenters register for the Convention by the Early Registration Deadline. If registration is not complete by this deadline, the accepted presentation may be cancelled. Special discounts are not provided to presenters. Each presenter is expected to provide an electronic copy of his/her handout and/or presentation in advance. These will be posted on the TCEA website with all rights reserved to the author.


About the Sessions

Presentation Session
Presentation sessions are 50-minutes or 90-minutes and consist of a presentation with handouts and time for interaction among the attendees and presenter(s). Presenters are encouraged to share proven strategies for successful curriculum integration from personal experience and research projects related to technology-based instruction. Presenters/co-presenters must bring their own devices for presentation.
PC Hands-on Workshop
In workshops, the emphasis is on hands-on technology. Workshops are 90-minutes, 3-hours, or 6-hours in length. Each workshop will have a limited enrollment to allow active attendee participation. PC Workshops will have PC computers available for each participant. TCEA will provide computers equipped with Internet browsers and WIN OS for hands-on workshops. Presenters must provide other software to the TCEA office for installation.
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Workshop
A BYOD Workshop is designed to be an interactive and hands-on learning experience for participants and is similar to a traditional workshop setting, but with the use of the attendee’s personal equipment. Presenters are expected to provide handouts and support materials for session participants that are supportive of the learning content that participants can utilize in conjunction with their own devices during the session. (Note: Not suitable for sessions requiring specialized software that isn’t widely available or cannot be downloaded freely and legally by participants.) BYOD workshops are 90-minutes, 3-hours, or 6-hours in length and can be PC, mobile, or other hands-on platforms.
Panel Presentation
A Panel, consisting of 3-5 people (including the submitting and facilitating presenter), present their views on a common theme, issue, or question, and then discusses them with the audience. Panel presentations are intended to provide attendees an opportunity to hear about specific topic(s) presented by several knowledgeable facilitators where each presenter will discuss their expert professional view(s) on the topic at hand. The presentation will help the participants further understand and evaluate the topics being discussed. Panels are 50-minutes or 90-minutes in length.
Exhibitor Showcase
These 50-minute sessions are presented by exhibiting companies to further explore the products and services available on the show floor in an in-depth, informative, and non-sales atmosphere. TCEA Convention & Exposition exhibiting companies are eligible to apply for an exhibitor showcase in Fall 2017, provided to you within the Exhibitor Services Kit.
Poster Sessions
Poster sessions are held in an open area for attendees to explore a variety of topics in a multi-booth environment where they can engage with you one-on-one or in small groups. This kind of learning environment encourages meaningful conversations regarding your ideas, implementation, tools, and projects that attendees can immediately incorporate in their classroom, campus, or district. Sessions are grouped each time period around a common theme such as STEM or leadership or coding.

Each poster presenter will be provided with a 6-foot table, monitor, and board you can attach any flyers and/or handouts to. Presenters are required to bring their own laptop to project a visual. Poster sessions last two hours, but are a combination of many short conversations.

Consider Before Submitting

Please read through advice directly from the Evaluation Committee. These points will give you a better shot at high scores in hopes of being accepted for the 2018 TCEA Convention & Exposition.

  • Include the Why: Do not exclusively provide the “What” (what tools will be used), but be sure to include the “Why or How” (why will this make an impact in the classroom, how to implement this immediately following your session)
  • Diverse Points of View: If submitting a panel proposal, or proposal with two or more presenters, be sure to include attendees from multiple campuses, districts, or organizations that will present this session through various experiences and viewpoints
  • Budget Considerations: Submissions, which highlight free or inexpensive software/resources are more likely to be selected
  • Educational Sessions are not meant to Sell Your Product: Vendor-led sessions are less likely to be accepted. Typically, evaluation committees find it more appealing if the key speakers are peers or school district representatives.
  • Be Transparent: Include as many details within your submission. This year, you have the opportunity to expand upon your short description in the detailed section. Be sure to provide learning objectives, what makes your session stand apart from others, and critical steps your attendees will take to grow.
  • Experience: Explain the experiential side of your session. It is not always about the quantity of information shared, but the quality. Make sure your audience leaves with tangible tools, instead of just exhaustion from a lengthy presentation.
  • Activities Critical to the Success of Your Session: If your session includes special considerations (students, unique activities, or special room setup) you must include this in your submission. If you do not, this special consideration is less likely to be approved.