Time to Get Inspired At TCEA 2014

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It’s been a few years since I’ve attended TCEA. I’m looking forward to all of the conversations and shared learning from my education colleagues and industry partners. Since ISTE 2013, Microsoft has made a significant increase in its commitment to ISTE and ISTE affiliates for 2013-2014 school year. TCEA 2014 is ready to become an inspiring event for educators and industry-alike.

TCEA 2014 Gets Started

What can you expect at TCEA14?

A lot. Visit your Microsoft Booth#2311 for more details.

We have a number of special sessions and experiences setup for TCEA attendees. The Microsoft Experience Center is here in Austin to allow attendees an immersive and intimate day-in-the-life scenario with Microsoft in Education. You can schedule the Microsoft Experience Center with your team or join an open session. If you can’t get in on the Microsoft Experience Center during this week at TCEA, be sure to stop by our booth #2311 and get information on how to bring the experience to your district.

If you want a living, breathing experience, you will have to meet the Microsoft Innovative Educators that have joined us at the show. These practitioners have authentic experiences of modern learning with Microsoft in Education. Their stories and learning continue to challenge educators and Microsoft to enable student success on a higher level.

Today, the Texas technology strategist, Doug Thompson kicked the first of our special sessions with Windows into the Career Classroom. Doug focused on the recent research on the skills and competencies that students need for high-wage and high-growth careers. Check out the IDC, October 2013 Study for a glimpse of that session. #CareerClassroom

On Wednesday, yours truly, Cameron Evans will be conducting the most ambitious learning experience in all of education with Windows into the Creative Classroom. While our core focus is on the TEKS for Math, this experience will journey from the Middle East to modern manufacturing. It’s expected to be both daring and inspiring. I hope to see you there. #CreativeClassroom

On Thursday, our Americas superstar, Wole Moses, will lead the conversation on Windows Into the Curious Classroom. Wole is taking the TEKS for Science and using modern technology to make discovery, experimentation, and analytics an all-engaging experience. If you haven’t seen Wole in action, you don’t want to miss it. #CuriousClassoom

Microsoft Booth #2311, we have theatre sessions that will go deeper on career certification for students with Microsoft IT Academy and protecting student privacy with Bing for Schools as highlights. We also have partners that have developed some of the most innovative apps for education on Windows 8. I’m downloading all of their apps to my devices now. I’ll be doing a follow-up blog on each partner during and after TCEA.

Finally, we have our latest Windows Device Bar for you to touch, to play, and to experience the latest in innovative tablets and devices for unleashing curiosity and creativity with Windows.

Speaking of curiosity and creativity, I was curious about our next-generation Photosynth technology for rich visualizations. Photosynth has been around for a few years to build immersive panoramas and high-definition photography art. So, I used my Nokia Lumia 1020 to create a walkthrough of the Austin Convention Center with Photosynth. Schools can use Photosynth to showcase new buildings, remodeled facilities, safety plans, open house showcases, and student project walls for the school websites. I took over 200 photos to create the Photosynth below…but you can see the number of shots added significant details to the experience. If you have a Windows 8 touch screen device, tryout my Photosynth. It’s very different on phone browsers versus Internet Explorer on Windows 8.1

TCEA 2014 Registration by HIGHERINNOV8ION on Photosynth

Have fun and I look forward to seeing you again and catching up in Austin at TCEA 2014.

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