The first two days I spent attending sessions as a part of the iPad and Google Academies. Both days were packed full of intriguing and stimulating sessions! I will go over some of the great things I learned in the next couple of days. After the first two days, I spent more time on the vendor floor and talking to other attendees more than in sessions. You can learn just as much about new trends in education on the vendor floor as you can from the sessions. Each of the vendors has their job to do of selling their product to anyone attending the conference. This can be annoying at times, because they will talk your ear off whether you want to buy their product or not! On the other hand, you can learn a lot about a great product in a short amount of time!
By meeting those new people and discussing what each of you are doing, you can share what works and what doesn't work instead of just sitting and listening in a session. Don't get me wrong, you can learn a lot from just listening to other teachers who are doing great things, but sometimes the discussion is more beneficial. TCEA is a great place to make those connections and find people to have those conversations with. Once you make those connections keep the conversation going and make sure to continue learning from each other!