TCEA, We’re Headed Your Way!

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We’re heading to Austin, TX February 1 – 5 for TCEA 2016 and we’re excited to share a long list of BrainPOP happenings! From concurrent sessions hosted by Certified BrainPOP Educators to trainings in our POPUp Classroom, there are a number of ways to take a deep dive into all things BrainPOP. Check out our TCEA schedule below!

Events take place in our POPUp Classroom (Courtyard Marriott Austin, Brazos 1 & 2) unless otherwise noted.

Schedule subject to change.

Pre-Conference: It’s Not Just Videos
MON 2/1, 8-11 am
Room 5A
Certified BrainPOP Educator Charla Groves (Berkeley County School District, SC) leads this session showcasing the My BrainPOP suite of features. Premium pre-registration required: visit TCEA’s website for details.

Pre-Conference: What Can Make Your Brain “POP?”
MON 2/1, 11:30 am-2:30 pm
Room 8C
Certified BrainPOP Educator Shaina Glass (Aldine ISD) hosts this in-depth session exploring BrainPOP’s features and the creation of content-specific lessons that blend them into your curriculum. Come find out how to transform and gamify your classroom! Please bring your own tablet or laptop. Premium pre-registration required: visit TCEA’s website for details.

Get Certified: Our Certified BrainPOP Educator Workshop
TUE 2/2, 1-4:30 pm
THU 2/4, 9 am-12:30 pm
Take the first step towards becoming a Certified BrainPOP Educator – or simply hone your BrainPOP expertise to enrich your curriculum. These sessions involve hands-on exploration and modeling via large-group, small-group, and partner activities. If you’re a certification program participant, you’ll complete supplemental requirements after the conference and participate actively in our online community. Please bring your own tablet or laptop. While this session is free, pre-registration is required.

Think You Know BrainPOP?
WED 2/3, 8 am • 9:15 am • 1:15 pm • 2:30 pm
Each of these responsive, hands-on workshops begins with a brief look at all things BrainPOP. Then, you’ll vote to determine what we’ll cover in the rest of the session. The newly mobile-ready site and all the features you can access from your tablet or phone? My BrainPOP? Make-a-Map and the Quiz Mixer? GameUp and in-game assessment? PD offerings? The choice is yours! Please bring your own laptop or tablet. Free, no pre-registration required.

Games & Assessment
WED 2/3, 10:30 am • 12 pm
THU 2/4, 1:15 pm • 2:30 pm
BrainPOP’s Michael Gi hosts this session about GameUp, our online games portal. He’ll highlight the ways game-based learning can transform assessment for you and your students. Free, no pre-registration required.

Focus Group: Assignments
WED 2/3, 3:45 pm
We’re seeking your input on different ways BrainPOP activities might be assigned to students. Join us for this focus group and make your voice heard. Free, no pre-registration required.

Focus Group: New Game in the Pipeline
WED 2/3, 5 pm
Educators, we want to hear your thoughts! If you’re familiar with BrainPOP, join us for a focus group dedicated to a mobile-friendly vocabulary game we’re developing. Free, no pre-registration required.

Focus Group: New Activity Pages
THU 2/4, 3:45 pm
Help shape BrainPOP! Participants in this focus group will have the chance to share feedback on a new interactive assessment feature we’re working on. Free, no pre-registration required.

Concept Mapping and Formative Assessment With BrainPOP
THU 2/4, 8-9:30 am
Room 8A
Concept mapping encourages learners to represent their thinking visually. Analyzing concept maps helps instructors formatively assess student progress. In this hands-on interactive session led by BrainPOP’s Laura Gatto (Product Manager, Make-a-Map), you’ll explore concept maps and the role they play in both thinking and assessing. Conference registration required: visit TCEA’s website for details.

BrainPOP: Connecting the Dots for Learners
FRI 2/5, 8-9:30 am
Room 5B
Helen Mowers (Killeen ISD), Anna Adam (Killeen ISD), and Certified BrainPOP Educator Sara Richards (Round Rock ISD) share tools that enable deeper learning and help students make connections with prior knowledge. Research-based strategies like mind-mapping and gamification come to life in a whole new way as students employ their creativity in personalized activities. Please bring your own device; laptops preferred. Conference registration required: visit TCEA’s website for details.