TCEA — part 2 — the Vendor Floor

Better late than never for this post?   Here are some of the interesting things I saw on the vendor floor at TCEA.

 >Make sure your schools have Ebsco and Britannica up and running. These are the state purchased databases.  They are free to Texas schools.  Britannica also has a enewsletter called Inside Britannica that has much good information.

> now has a built in translation feature.  A variety of language, including Spanish, are included and you can go from English to another language or the reverse.  Gaggle also has blogs, message boards, and email all in a school friendly environment.

>Tech4Learning has wonderful products for the teachers or students to use, all fairly easy to learn.  One of my favorites is Pixie, a drawing/ creativity tool.

> Adobe Acrobat — it’s more than just Reader.  Did you know you can create interactive worksheets using Acrobat Professional?   Check TIPS, SHI, and the like for school pricing.

 > Interactive Whiteboard have the potential to jazz up a lesson.  I looked at Smart Boards and Mimeo in particular.

 > ePals bills itself as “where learners connect” and is a site I want to investigate more.  You can connect to classrooms in other states or even other countries for collaborative projects. 

 This is just a sampling of the many great products I saw on the vendor floor. 

 One more note: handouts are now online for TCEA presentations. 


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