Here we are again in the capital of live education technology, the Texas Computer Educator’s Association state conference. I am presenting for most of the day Tuesday on the magic of Arduino and the Internet of Things. Today I have volunteered to facilitate a presentation on Adobe Spark.
Thought 1: Helpful tip to people who can’t seem to get the classes they want…Volunteer to facilitate the class. You get a guaranteed seat and you get to do something useful for an hour. Sadly you also get a mustard colored T-shirt that no one could possibly wear without being thrown in an ambulance and rushed off to a hospital for a liver transplant. Still, T-shirt not withstanding, if you want one of the high demand Adobe or Microsoft classes, the best way is to to sign up to volunteer. Be aware, however, that other people are aware of this technique and so you still have to get there early.
Thought 2: Find out where the bus parks to pick up passengers before the first day that you need to be there. I saw this last year and so was prepared this year. The buses, especially at the Embassy Suites Central, tend to park on the back side of the building. You will not know they are there until you hear them leave. They don’t stop for desperately running teachers. This is particularly important if you are presenting or facilitating or have a class you really want to attend. Get to the Convention Center on the first bur or you will not make it. The second bus is always late.
Thought 3: Even if you have never tweeted or posted on anything before, get going with Social Media before you get here. Everyone wants to know your twitter handle or Facebook log in. Most of them will enter you in drawings to get that information. Drawings are good. They give you a change to get things like Amazon gift cards and iPads. Also, everyone knows that teachers are just one step away from educational consultants who make $10.000 per appearance on the Professional Development circuit. Write a book and get a significant twitter following and you can definitely find supplemental stream of income to enjoy.
Thought 4: Buy yourself a couple of those rechargeable batteries for phones/devices and charge them. There are thousands of people here and only a few hundred electrical sockets. You will definitely need one before you find it. If you are a person who needs to check into Social Media or Email (or…imagine that…Canvas to see how your students are doing in your absence) then your battery will definitely not last long enough. Those small portable batteries will fit into a backpack or purse and keep you going when others have been tethered to the wall trying desperately to get a few bars of charge built up before their next class.