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Google New Free-to-Member Webinar Series: Get Your Google On Join us the first Thursday of every month for a power Google webinar customized for experienced Googlers. These fast-paced sessions are focused on elevating educators’ skills to enhance teacher productivity and student learning. Webinars start in September 2012. Sign up online at District/Campus Onsite PD The TCEA Professional Development team is on the road working with school districts across the state. We’ve teamed up with schools on their iPad, Google Apps for education, robotics, and 21st century education initiatives. If we haven’t come to your campus yet, we would love to work with staff on your campus or district goals. Here are a few words from past collaborating districts: “I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the workshop. It was one of the best workshops I have ever attended. I knew very little about robotics going in and feel very comfortable now about starting our program. The students seem more excited about this than I have seen in a while.” Arden Davis, Lorenzo ISD Resources for a BYOT Meeting Words Teaching with multiple devices requires a new approach to teaching and learning, and not every tool makes the grade. Here is a list of a few tools that work well on most browsers, operating systems, and mobile devices. A simple text editor for the web where multiple people can collaborate, work together on meeting TodaysMeet notes, brainstorming sessions, homework, team programming, and more. An easy-to-use backchannel tool for collaboration, real-time posting, sharing links, and more. Share your virtual room via a link for a couple of hours, weeks, months, or a year. PollEverywhere Create a poll and have users respond in real time using or text to submit their answers. Set up multiple choice or open-ended questions. Easy Polls Create polls and embed them on your site, or share the link for people to vote. The easy interface allows users of multiple devices to be able to easily respond and see the results. More of these tips and tools will be shared during TCEA’s webinar bundles: Cool Tools and Trends, iDevices in Education, Legislative Updates, Lunch and Learns, Get Your Google On, and Problem-Based Learning. Choose to take an individual course from within the bundle or enjoy the entire bundle for free or for a discounted price. For individual webinar topics, dates, times, and costs, go to “Thank you for a wonderful learning experience! I had a great three days. I have done my fair share of professional development (both as learner and presenter) in the last 20 years, and I can put this one in the top two percent. My students are as excited as I am, and we are now underway.” Darren Wilson, Slaton ISD TCEA Partners TCEA Professional Development 2012 – 2013 TCEA Professional Development Catalog Looking for professional development for your staff, yourself, or to support your district’s technology initiative? TCEA has just released the 2012 – 2013 PD catalog. New sessions, workshops, and camps have been added to this year’s catalog of choices. Explore the many exciting offerings online at Whether you’re looking for tools, ideas, or just want to catch up on the latest technologies for your classroom, TCEA professional development has some great, innovative solutions for you. For more information on any of the above programs, contact professional development director Monica Martinez ( or 512-450-5410) or go to 6 techedge >>

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Tech Edge - August 2012

AT A GLANCE: Classroom Tips to Help Support a BYOT Initiative
TECA Professional Development
Resources for a BYOT
LEADING WITH TECHNOLOGY: It's Not All About the Robot
BYOT: From Potential Distraction to Real Integration
CREATING CLOUDS: From Sharing to Storing, Clouds, Help Clear the Way for BYOT
BYOT TO THE LIBRARY: Student's Learning Options Continue to Expand
TECH SMART: Tips to Promote Responsible and Ethical Digital Citzens
MOBILE LEARNING: Paving the Way for BYOT and Responsible Uses Policies
IN THE CLASSROOM: Think, Are You UP for This Robotics Challenge?
ADVOCACY UPDATE: Connecting in the Community

Tech Edge - August 2012