Professional Development

Stay Current in Ed Tech with These Free Webinars

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Written by Lori Gracey

TCEA’s free-to-members webinars can help fine tune your skills, increase your productivity, and discover new tools to use with students.

TCEA members are some of the most dedicated and knowledgeable educators to be found. They understand the need to know and be able to use new technology tools and resources, try out promising best practices in teaching strategies, and use the latest brain research to help their students achieve. But sometimes it can be difficult to find the time to do all of that on their own. So they turn to TCEA for help.

TCEA Webinars

TCEA provides to all of its members more than 60 hours of free professional development each year in the form of webinars. These aren’t your typical sit-and-get events; instead, the TCEA professional development staff ensure that each one includes active learning components and ways for participants to share ideas and find solutions. The webinars are offered live so that interested educators can take an active part in the discussion, but are also recorded so that those who can’t attend the live learning can still get the content and resources at a time of their own choosing 24/7.

The webinars are offered in four different groups:

  • Lunch and Learn – Offered every Wednesday from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. CDT, these webinars are short tutorials on a wide variety of topics. Some of these for the 2017-2018 school year include designing engaging learning spaces, encouraging students to publish, getting started with sketchnoting, promoting student choice, and tech tools for leaders.
  • Get Your Google On – The first Thursday of each month is Google day with the webinars offered from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CDT. These are slightly longer learning events that focus on all things Google, from secret Gmail tricks to creating ebooks with Google Suite to using Google Cast.
  • Advocacy Updates – These webinars are designed to help educators keep up-to-date on state and national discussions relating to policy and ed tech use. They include state information from TEA, the IMA, the SBOE, SBEC, and the Texas Legislature, as well as national decisions.
  • Webinars for Preservice or New Teachers – TCEA also offers four opportunities for new-to-the-profession educators to learn. The webinars are from 4:00 to 4:45 p.m. CDT and include I’m Officially a Teacher; Now What?, Free Resources for Teachers, Tips for Planning for the New School Year, and Principal Perspectives for New Teachers.

You can register for each webinar that you are interested in or register one time for the entire “bundle” of webinars in each group. Either way, you will receive an email reminder prior to the webinar and another email the Friday after the webinar with a link to the recorded version. And, if you want more learning, you can also access webinars from previous years simply by logging into your TCEA account and accessing the Member Benefits Group in the Social Community.

Additional Learning Opportunities

TCEA also schedules other webinars as new topics and technologies come up. These can be found in the TechNotes enewsletter, which is emailed out every two weeks beginning August 15, or in the calendar on the main page of the TCEA website.

If you’re not a TCEA member, you can join for just $49 a year and have full access to all of these webinars, as well as a wealth of other resources. If you are a preservice teacher (a college senior in an education program), membership is free. And retired educators who want to stay current can join for just $30.

Keeping up with technology can be a full-time job. Let us take some of the burden off you with these free-to-members learning opportunities. With TCEA, you’ve got this!

 

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Lori Gracey

Lori Gracey has 28 years of experience in education, with 22 years as a curriculum and technology director. She currently serves as the executive director of the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) and is responsible for training technology directors, administrators, curriculum supervisors, and teachers across the country. During her nine years in this position, she has led TCEA in membership and revenue growth, helped to pay off their building and purchase a new, larger building, and implemented new conferences, partnerships with other associations, and professional development opportunities for members and non-members. She serves more than 17,000 members and oversees a staff of 21. Lori is also on the board of the Texas Society of Association Executives and SXSWedu and recently served as the Regional Program Chair for the ISTE 2017 Convention in San Antonio.

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