TCEA – My First Conference with SMART
By Susan Blakely
I went to bed last night and like Alice, woke up in wonderland!
I arrived in Austin, Texas yesterday to attend the TCEA 2012 conference with SMART Technologies, and I had the privilege of meeting the other two SMART Exemplary Educators (SEEs) who are also here at TCEA. What absolutely wonderful people I was introduced to!
We all had dinner with Deena Zeynk, SMART’s Program Manager (hands bow up and down “Oh great and awesome one”) and Heather Lamb, one of SMART’s Education Consultants in the Texas area. Today, we are attending the SMART Academy, where the other SEEs and I will be helping and encouraging teachers to learn how to engage students with SMART Notebook collaborative learning software. I can’t wait to share what I know with them!
It is really an honor to be representing SMART Technologies and to be able to influence and mentor other teachers in the power of technology.
I look forward to my days here at TCEA and in Austin, and sharing my experiences with you all!
About the Author
Susan Blakely is a SMART Exemplary Educator in El Paso, TX. She has been an educator for 24 years. For 18 years, Blakely was dedicated to homeschooling her three children. After they headed off to college, she became certified to teach high school mathematics. She has been teaching algebra and geometry for the past six years at Coronado High School. She is very active on her campus with promoting and teaching her colleges how to use the SMART board interactive whiteboard effectively in their classrooms.
Susan was awarded first place in her district “SMART Idol” Contest. Her campus was awarded $5000 for professional development or technology equipment. This allowed four of their freshman teachers have SMART Response XE interactive response systems in their math classrooms!
Her current goal is to learn how to create flash animation pages to enhance the SMART tool kit with math oriented interactive pages. Check out some of her math content creations in the SMART Exchange website.