TCCA is the Largest FREE EdTech Conference in Texas!
Over the past 9 years, the Technology & Curriculum Conference of Aldine has grown to be one of the largest FREE EdTech conferences in the nation with attendees coming as far as Arkansas and Lousiana. Our conference is put on entirely by Digital Learning Specialists with the sole purpose of exposing our educators the most cutting edge vendors and top-notch sessions.
Last year our conference had over 3,000 attendees representing over 120 school districts from with Texas and out! Attendees had nearly 200 sessions to choose from led by a powerhouse line up of featured presenters including our keynote, Ken Shelton.
We can’t wait for you to see what we have in store for you this time!
Save The Date!
Saturday, October 26th, 2019
Davis High School
7:30 to 3:30
We can’t wait to share some of the #FEARLESS educators who will be headlining TCCA 2019! Keep checking back for Keynote featured speaker information.
Jake Miller is an edtech and learning enthusiast who hosts the Educational Duct Tape podcast, shares #EduGIFs at JakeMiller.net and works as a Technology Integration Specialist for an Ohio Middle School. Jake also coaches his school’s Robotics & Coding Clubs and helped develop the school’s digital fabrication Fab Lab. He has experience as an authorized Google Apps for Education Trainer. He previously taught middle school math, science and a student-paced STEM course, which he co-wrote the curriculum for.
SHELLY SANCHEZ TERRELL
Shelly Sanchez Terrell is an award-winning digital innovator, an ESL Specialist with the US Embassy and Georgetown University, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert and has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher-driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of Savannah and Rosco the pug. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs.
Joe Marquez is a leader in technology and K-12 Educational Staratagist for CDW-G. His innovating spirit, outgoing attitude and outrageous personality has earned him the coveted titles of Certified Google Innovator, Certified Google Trainer, Common Sense Ambassador, Apple Teacher, and Microsoft Innovative Educator. Joe is an adjunct Professor for the Fresno Pacific University Educational Technology Master’s Program and guest instructor for the Fresno State Teacher Track Academy and Teachers Pathway T.A.C.O.S (Technology, Aerospace, and Collaboration Opportunities in STEM) Summer Institute. Joe is also the Founder of the professional development site www.SonsOfTechnology.com
The Edutech Guys
EduTechGuys is a high intensity rollercoaster ride of super fun which takes mortal form in the two distinct entities which are David Henderson and Jeff Madlock. Crafted in the fires of Mt. Wannahockaluggie, these two self-proclaimed high priests of edtech first started navigating the world of educational technology on the web through a podcast, over a ravine in a rain storm in 2015 (Sharkbait, ooh ha ha). Since then the two have traveled the nation bringing their joy for silly puns and more importantly sharing the journey of each educator they encounter. The guys enjoy sharing all the wild and crazy edtech ideas that bounce into their sandbox with teachers, administrators, students and parents.
EduTechGuys produces a weekly, live online radio podcast that can be found at www.edutechguys.com
Knikole Taylor serves as an Instructional Technology Coordinator in Texas. In this role, she supports the growth and development of teachers and students through the seamless integration of innovative technology usage. Through personalized support, Mrs. Taylor works with teachers and teacher leaders to craft professional goals to extend their scope of instruction and meet the needs of all learners.
Knikole is an international trainer, curriculum developer, author and speaker, who has been privileged to travel the world to speak and work with others at conferences, campuses, and district-wide events. It is her firm belief that anyone can succeed with tailored support. Knikole works to assist educators in being their best for the students and teachers they serve each day.
Knikole also holds many industry designations including Google Certified Trainer, Google Innovator, and Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer. She received her bachelor’s from Texas A&M-Commerce and her Masters of Education in Administration from Lamar University.
Energetic and enthusiastic learner, teacher, coach and empowerED educator, Tisha Poncio has served in education for the last 20 years. She has led students in the classroom teaching English, Web Design, Graphic Design, Business Computers, Programming, and Broadcast Journalism. She has also led educators and administrators as an instructional technology coach for 11 years. She is a Google Certified Trainer, a Flipgrid Ambassador, an Ed Tech Team Blogger and was named a finalist in 2018 for Instructional Technology Specialist of the Year in Texas.
She has presented at numerous educational technology conferences across the nation and in her home state of Texas speaking about empowering students, teachers, and leaders as well as digital citizenship for all ages. Her biggest accomplishment to date has been the creation of a student-led technology leadership group who helps her present on student voice, empowerment and the #studentsCANlead movement on Twitter.
Brian Romero Smith
Brian is considered an emerging thought leader which has afforded him the opportunity to speak as a presenter at various local and national conferences as an advocate for Building Relationships in the classroom by using Digital Access to amplify student voice in order to meet students where they are.
Engagements such as TCEA, TCC, eMerge, Revolution Learning, Tech & Learning Live and ISTE, Brian encourages educators and students to embrace the use of technology to build opportunities for students to become leaders in the digital space. This begins at home first for Brian. He and his 7 year old daughter have started The Captain Kindness and a Live-streaming broadcast to inject a little love in the world. The show is centered around his daughter’s passion to help others not only be kind whenever possible, but to also intentionally capture kindness, be on the lookout for others being kind and then amplify their actions. This epitomizes how we can use technology to take digital citizenship to the next step of Digital Leadership.
Jezer Ureña is a fourth-grade bilingual teacher for Aldine ISD, a Flocabulary Platinum MCE, and was just named the Bilingual Teacher of the year at Wilson Elementary. He earned his B.A. in history from the University of Houston and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Texas Southern University. He is passionate about innovation in the classroom and the impact of relationships on learning. When he’s not in the classroom he loves teaching music, playing guitar and traveling with his wife and their two daughters.