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a brief update from TCEA2011 held on Feb7-11,2011, Austin

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    Update from TCEA2011 - a brief Update from TCEA2011 - a brief Presentation Transcript

    • Update from TCEA2011 By Classroom Aid Inc. Feb.14, 2011
    • Policy
      • House bill 2488 approves on open source textbooks
        • Texas has never been afraid of bold education initiatives, and the passage of  Texas House Bill 2488  in June 2009 was definitely bold. The bill, "Relating to open-source textbooks and other instructional materials for public schools," made modifications to the  Texas Education Code that explicitly allow adoption of open source textbooks in Texas schools.
        • TEA update : eventually open source textbook will be an option to districts, and TEA encourages the best interest to research it sooner about necessary infrastructure and professional development.
      • H.B.4294 : state textbook fund can be used to purchase equipments to support instruction for digital textbook
        • For Texas, etextbook will be available in classrooms this Fall.
      • Obama Calls for New Education Technology Agency ( news )
        • The Obama administration wants to establish a new agency with the U.S. Department of Education to support the creation of education technologies and to promote their adoption by teachers
    • Trends in education
      • It’s all about digital content, software, paperless management… everything will be digitized and should be connected seamlessly for teaching and learning
      • It’s all about sharing (social learning)
      • It’s all about free resources and tools (cost down)
      • It’s all about student-centered (response systems or 1:1 or BYOD), teacher-designed education
      • It’s all about flat classrooms without boundaries, learning anytime & anywhere
    • Needs
      • Teachers’ Professional development : 1st priority
        • Technology isn’t to replace teachers, only those teachers don’t learn new technology will be replaced
        • Continuing learning and social learning are answers
          • Texas “ ProjectShare ” for teachers PD and collaboration
          • Lots of teacher communities and social tools are there
      • Cost down : school budget is strained
        • To prepare teachers and students for 21st century, it’s needed to Do More For Less !!
      • Total solution and experience sharing
        • Integration of technology pieces (H/W and S/W)
        • Quality content is king (too much information)
        • Collaborative tools