Friday, January 30, 2015

TCEA 2015 Theme: #learnanywhere


The TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association) 2015 theme is #learnanywhere The TCEA conference is held in Austin every February. This is my fifth opportunity to attend and second year to attend as a presenter. In addition to taking in lots of great sessions, I will co-present with Joel Adkins in a session called "Failure Con: Learning from Failure."


Below are some things that teachers, technologists, and administrators can experience at the TCEA conference:
  • learn about emerging technologies and how it is impacting K-12 education
  • attend classes to learn how others are using instructional technology in the classroom
  • network with other teachers, technologists, tech coordinators, and tech directors
  • visit with hundreds of vendors at the massive Exhibit Hall
If you ever get a chance to attend a TCEA conference in future, consider going!  To learn more about TCEA and some of the member benefits, visit their website: www.tcea.org

Saturday, February 8, 2014

TCEA 2014 Presentations

As promised (but a couple days delayed), here are some resources from the two sessions I either presented or co-presented at TCEA 2014 earlier this week.

"Equipping Student Computer Techs" (Presentation)

Slides: Click here to download the PowerPoint file
LabSim: Click here to learn more about TestOut's LabSim
Note: During presentation I showed my actual LabSim account, student profile setup, and various reports. If you call TestOut, you can arrange a demo session if you are evaluating training tools for your campus/district. My rep's name is Aubry Barnett.

TCEA 2014 Presentation in Austin on Thursday, February 6

"Survival Tips for Technologists" (Panel Discussion)

YouTube Link: Click here to Watch/Hear Panel Discussion
Panel: Joel Adkins, Scott Laleman, and Eddie Mathews
Note: Thanks for Scott Laleman for recording our session via Google Hangout


Panel session begins at the 1:27 mark 

If you have any questions, please contact me via email, text, or phone:

Eddie Mathews
Email: edward.mathews@kerrvilleisd.net
Cell: 830-459-6321

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

TCEA 2014 is going great!


In case you don't know much about TCEA, it stands for Texas Computer Education Association. The TCEA conference is held in Austin every February. This year is my fourth opportunity to attend. Besides being a participant, taking in lots of great sessions, I am teaching two sessions, giving back to others.


Below are some things that teachers, technologists, and administrators can experience at the TCEA conference:
  • learn about emerging technologies and how it is impacting K-12 education
  • attend classes to learn how others are using instructional technology in the classroom
  • network with other teachers, technologists, tech coordinators, and tech directors
  • visit with hundreds of vendors at the massive Exhibit Hall
If you ever get a chance to attend a TCEA conference in future, consider going!  To learn more about TCEA and some of the member benefits, visit their website: www.tcea.org

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Tivy Tech's Eddie Mathews Accepts Full-Time Teacher Role

Less than two weeks before the 2013-14 school year started I was asked if I would consider teaching full-time at Tivy High School. This came about due to special circumstances and the need for another CTE teacher became necessary. Since I was already scheduled to teach Computer Maintenance and Computer Technician classes in the morning, I decided I could also teach Graphic Design and Digital and Interactive Media in the afternoon.

So, as of last week, I am now a full-time technology teacher. While I will miss working directly with teachers, helping them with their technology needs and projects, I am really enjoying working with high school students in the classroom, guiding them with their learning and career paths.

In the meantime, Tivy Tech posts may be fewer than the past. I need to consider if I need to close it down or start another blog to reflect my current ISD roles.  Readers, thanks for all of your support!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Tech Trends in Education Presentation

Before school started, the technology department of Kerrville ISD offered several teacher training sessions. I was asked to lead two sessions on "Technology Trends in Education" (one for high school and one for middle school teachers).

Click below to view the slides in PDF format. I plan to add a PowerPoint version later after I narrate the slides so they make more sense for those who did not attend.

Tech Trends in Education (PDF of slides)

Thursday, June 6, 2013

NMC Horizon Report - 2013 K-12 Edition

In an effort to stay in touch with the latest in educational technology I read many research-based reports during the year. One of them that I find helpful is the Horizon Report. Below is the fifth in the series.

The New Media Consortium, the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), with the support of HP, produced the NMC Horizon Report > 2013 K-12 Edition. This fifth edition in the annual K-12 series of the NMC Horizon Project examines emerging technologies for their potential impact on and use in teaching, learning, and creative inquiry within the environment of pre-college education. Six emerging technologies are identified across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years, as well as key trends and challenges expected to continue over the same period, giving educators, school administrators, and practitioners a valuable guide for strategic technology planning.

> Download the Full Report PDF
> Download the Preview PDF
> Download the Short List PDF

4 Minute Video Summary of the Report
http://youtu.be/cKeCBfYqiBU

Website for more information:
http://www.nmc.org/publications/2013-horizon-report-k12

Horizon Project Wiki:
www.k12.wiki.nmc.org