JiJi—ST Math’s lovable penguin mascot—was so excited to join Texas educators during the week of February 3rd at TCEA 2020, one of the nation’s leading edtech conferences.
Thanks for walking the show floor with me, JiJi!
Together with our MIND Research Institute colleagues, JiJi and I met thousands of educators from Texas and all across the nation and told them all about the new version of ST Math, coming in fall 2020.
Teachers, principals, math coaches, and district administrators had a great time demoing ST Math games, and learning about the newest features, including assignments and more robust metrics and reporting.
But let’s face it, JiJi’s dance moves were a pretty big attraction, too.
Life-long learning was absolutely in the air at TCEA, and perhaps nowhere more evident than in the keynote session by Sekou Andrews, Grammy-nominated spoken word poet and former elementary school teacher.
Mr. Andrews inspired attendees, encouraging them with his words, “Don’t just be the teacher, be the taught.” True to form, the educators in the audience were gracious in sharing their takeaways with one another:
Mr. Shelton asked the crowd a challenging but important question: “Can your students say, ‘I'm seen, I'm heard, and you care about me?’” He then outlined how educators can—and why they must—create learning environments and culturally relevant and responsive pedagogy that ensure sustainability, equity, and access for all students and families.
After a long day of learning, it sure is nice to get together with friends… and that’s just what we did at our ST Math Launch Party on Wednesday, February 5. Party attendees got to spend some quality time with JiJi and play around with the new version of the program. Thanks for coming and helping us celebrate the new ST Math!
Where Will JiJi Be Next?
You can meet us in the coming months:
NCSM and NCTM (March 30 through April 4 in Chicago, IL - booth #724)
ISTE (June 28 through July 1 in Anaheim, CA - booth #1747)
Stop by our booth to meet JiJi and see the new ST Math in action.
Thanks again, TCEA friends, for a great time. We’ll see you next year!
About the Author
Liz Neiman is Vice President of Engagement at MIND, leading the marketing team's plans and activities to promote MIND's initiatives and impact. Besides education and gaming, her interests include music of all kinds (from musical theater to heavy metal), cooking and baking, and fashion. Follow her on Twitter @lizneiman.