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Santa Broadcast in a Virtual Chat from TCEA Headquarters to the Delight of Thousands of Students

December 12, 2017

Austin, Texas: This afternoon,Santa Claus made a visit from the North Pole to TCEA headquarters to broadcast live over YouTube in a virtual chat. Students in classrooms from around the state of Texas and the nation attended from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Central. In total, more than 8,668 people tuned in for the live chat.

Santa read a quick story, “The Christmas Wish,” and then answered questions from his adoring fans. There were more than 1,500 questions submitted for Santa to answer, and 394 seperate sites broadcasting the event. Some of the most popular questions included:

  • Where were you born? – Dawson N. from the Krum Early Education Center in Krum, TX
  • How old are you? – Kaleb B. from White Oak Middle School
  • Where did you go to school when you were in 1st grade? – 1st grade students at Finch Elementary in McKinney, TX
  • How do you make it all around the world in one night? – Mrs. Brown’s class at Lexington Elementary School
  • How long does it take you to get from the North Pole to Texas? – Emilio at Frost Elementary School in Lamar CISD


“We were thrilled to welcome the jolly man in red back to TCEA again this year,” said TCEA Executive Director, Lori Gracey, “Using technology to bring joy and excitement to children near and far is what we strive to do. It’s amazing to see the children engaged and asking so many clever and out-of-the-box questions.”

TCEA ( is a nonprofit, member-based organization that has supported the use of technology in education for the last 37 years. Our primary focus is on integrating technology into the PreK-16 environment and providing our members with cutting-edge knowledge and resources through conferences, workshops, online and print publications, and collaborations with higher education and business.