Posted by jfluhmann on May 31, 2010
I finally made the jump and submitted a presentation proposal for the 2011 Texas Computer Education Association Convention. For those not familiar with TCEA and the TCEA Convention (from the TCEA website), “TCEA is the largest state organization in the nation devoted to the use of technology in education. Founded in 1980, the association has been active throughout Texas supporting educational technology. TCEA 2010 had an attendance of more than 12,000 people. It attracted more than 9,700 registered attendees with 350 exhibitors and more than 500 educational sessions”. The theme for TCEA 2011 is “No Limits – Technology Beyond Imagination”. I would like to think that some of the topics in my proposed session (particularly cloud and virtualization) fall under that theme.
The information I submitted is included below. If it gets accepted, this will be my first presentation at a conference (not counting the welcome or closing that I’ve done for conferences that I’ve organized). I’ve never been one that jumps at the opportunity to speak in front of an audience, so I’ll be pretty nervous as it gets closer to the convention (pending my presentation is accepted). Once accepted, I’ll have roughly six months to get everything organized and prepared.
Reducing Infrastructure Costs with Open Source-based Solutions
Learn some of the ways in which several school districts are reducing their infrastructure costs with the help of open source based solutions. This includes cloud, virtualization, phones, networking, etc.
This session will cover several scenarios in which school districts are able to reduce their infrastructure costs through the use of both commercially and community backed open source solutions. Winters ISD employs several of these and is planning on saving more than $750,000 just with its virtual desktop infrastructure project. This session will also cover some open source cloud computing solutions and how K-12 and Higher Ed institutions can utilize them within their current and future infrastructures.
This will be the Texas Computer Education Association’s 31st Annual Convention & Exposition, which will take place Feb. 7-11, 2011, at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas.