The art of attending a conference and EduTech 2013 what did I learn?
I always like to get all my thoughts down when I attend a conference. I have developed a bit of a system to get as much information live. I tend to retain the information better this way rather than revisiting the PPTs at a later date.
The approach is to take notes in the notes section of the iPad then cut and paste into my Edublogs. I still have not sorted out the formatting issues in the transition. I always sit in the front to take photos of the screen. As much as possible I try and manage typos spelling and names. Predictive text makes for interesting reading at a later date.
My aim is to get the information down and share it. Once the post is done, at the end of the session of presentations, I tweet a link for my records and for others who may be interested.
The next step over the next few days is to re work the material into a report to share with leadership, after all they are the people that gave me,on behalf of the school, the opportunity to go. I don’t see any point in keeping what I have learnt to myself when it is better to be shared.
Anyway here are my key take home points for the many presentations I attended. Just note the sessions I attended were for IT Managers and Directors.
I am a Geography Teacher and Dean of Learning Technologies. I just thought it was important for me to develop a better understanding of the issues of IT as we work together in the implementation of learning technologies in the classroom.
EduTech 2013 what did I learn?
Daniel Pink – Motivation – rewards work for some tasks not others and the reason is to do with the relationship between the physical and cognitive dimensions.
Google- they know how to crowd source presenters, present their product and you never seem to meet anyone who works at Google.
Sal Kahn Khan Academy – a helping nature, taking a risk and the right persons (Bill Gates’ children help) using your product – an unexpected springboard.
Vendors- they need to do what they need to do. The best do it in a way that you don’t realise you are in a sales pitch (by accident) and you got something of value.
Keynotes – many are just outstanding and some could be you if only we were bold enough to try and get the opportunity.
Data – mentioned directly or implied in all presentations. I need to understand and embrace big data for school communication and learning.
Facts and evidence: – I was drawn to presentations that provided me with facts and evidence. I just have to remember them when I am in a position to make a case for a decision.
Gary Stager– a good prompt is worth 1000 words
The Pope– a good example of finding the right images people may not have seen. The Pope photos with mobile phones popped up a few times. Need a stockpile.
ESA/ Education AU – Scootle – will a social media platform behind a password protected platform work? I spent many years and hours working with and supporting EDNA and now it is gone and along with it all the work.
David O’Hagan Assistant Director General CIO DETE – there is no legal reason (for privacy) for not putting things in the cloud. Same applies to data sovereignty .
Michael Eggenhuizen Director of IT The Kings School – you cannot beat top shelf communication in every sense of the word and I like the 1:1 hybrid idea of a primary device supported by the school and a secondary device students and staff would like to use.
R. Suresh Vice President Australian Computer Society – if a student comes to the help desk – stop everything and help them. That is why we are there.
Warren Moseley Director of Information Communication and Learning Technologies White Friars College- Teachers are tertiary qualified they are an educated workforce who work very hard. You don’t tell them want to do and don’t leave anyone behind.
Sir Ken Robinson – connect with your audience with a joke and telling stories then link to your message.