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TCEA conference highlights technology in the classroom

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Thousands of teachers are descending on the Austin Convention Center this week to learn how to incorporate technology into their lesson plans.

One hot tool highlighted at this year's Texas Computer Education Association conference is the iPad.

“It's a brand new tool for us and we are learning how to effectively integrate it into the classroom,” TCEA President Lee Sleeper said.

Second grade teacher Jennifer Rudolph thinks even her young kids can benefit from iPads.

"The apps we just used didn't look too different from books and the kids get on the computer and they can pretty much do what anyone can do at the age of five," Rudolph said.

Jennifer Bergland preaches technology for TCEA. She says a good teacher and up-to-date tech tools are a powerful combination.

“We are really trying to teach teachers how to use that power the kids have outside of school to use it inside of school to really engage them in what they are doing,” Bergland said.

However, while most of the educators agree that technology in the classroom is important, paying for it can be tough.

Technology and budgeting will all be discussed at the convention, which runs through Friday.

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