TCEA, Summer Learning, and Conferences Oh My!

Although it is only February, I am already thinking about conferences that will be happening this summer.  Conferences are a great way to renew your excitement in teaching, learn new ideas and concepts to take back to your classroom, and of course meet up with friends from all over!

What conferences are your must go to?  How do you work travel?

TCEA is the awesome Texas Computer Education Association yearly convention.  I have had the privilege to attend the last two years.  This year I am only able to attend the Golden Apple TCEA Educator Awards on Tuesday evening.  To make the drive to Austin exciting, however, I will be staying on Wednesday also to check out all of the exhibits (and stop by and see Moby and BrainPop!) Oh.. I am also getting together a Flashmob for Wednesday!

Starting in January and February is when session proposals for summer conferences are opening up or due.  It is always amazing that for a conference to go off there is so much pre-planning.

Podstock is 165 days away!  This is my FAVORITE conference!  It is my home away from home for  2 days.  Great educators, great conversations, and great fun.  If you are looking for a conference that will inspire you and excite you, this is one that needs to go on your calendar!  Each year the theme is different.  This year the theme is 80’s! Last year the theme was 50’s diner.  There are so many extra things that go on with Podstock.  I even got us to do a Flashmob last year dressed in our 50’s clothes!

Being a special educator I am also an avid presenter and participant of  TATN. The Texas Assistive Technology Network Statewide Conference is a great place for special educators to connect with others.

As I pay for most of these conferences myself (or write grants to cover the cost of registration) I like the ideas behind EdCamps.  I am already hearing talk that there will be an EdCamp Dallas in October.

Of course, my dream conference this summer would be the Discovery Education Network Summer Institute!  Have you applied yet?  I have (and now am crossing fingers, toes, and eyes that I win the travel too)

I think that it is important to connect with other educators that are like minded.  I love technology conferences for this reason.  Some of my best friends do not live near me, but we count down the days until we can collaborate in person at a conference.  How do you connect?  What conference will you not be missing?