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Presentation submitted for TCEA 2011

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
Short Description
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.
Detailed Description
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.

7 Responses to “Presentation submitted for TCEA 2011”

  1.   Miguel Guhlin Says:

    Congrats on making the jump! I still remember my first TCEA workshop proposal…it involved using the Texas Education Network (TENET). My claim to fame was producing Adobe PDFs of my Inspiration graphic organizers. Hard to believe. The stars were firmly stuck in my eyes!

    I wish you the best with your presentation and hope that many will attend it and learn from you, Jeremy!

    Take care,
    Miguel Guhlin

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  3.   Lift Chairs Says:

    Good to read this kind of story. Technology in schools is very important. When I was a kid it enabled me to get time on computers that I would never be able to afford that the time.

  4.   Carolyn Pine Says:

    It’s really good idea. I agree with Lift Chairs “Technology in schools is very important.” Good luck with your presentation and I hope that many will learn from you.

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  5.   Jamie Roux Says:

    This reminds me a lot of the Sixth World Conference on Computers in Education (WCCE), Birmingham, Engeland, 21-25 July 1995. I delivered a paper “Self-generation of data in CAE of NT Greek at the UOFS”, and was petrified at the idea of addressing so many people, so I understand how you feel. I am a great supporter of open source solutions. We in South Africa have the example of Mark Shuttleworth who uses the open source idea to open up modern technology to people who cannot afford to pay a lot for expensive software.

  6.   Kerrie Kelso Says:

    Education is really important, so it very much good to support programs that will enhance the quality of education in any way.

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  7.   Harvey Says:

    You are so right @Jessica. The possibilities are endless and the capital requirements for getting a business started have never been lower. And @jfluhmann, congratulations to you on making the jump to presenting your paper. Hopefully the first of many. You will find that as you do more and more presentations, you will be more comfortable and better at it, plus your “sphere of influence” will grow tremendously. And that reaps rewards for a long, long time.


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