Saturday, 25 September 2010
So the talking has started at the cefpi World Conference in San Jose, California. Even after just a few minutes here, literally, I was delighted to meet up with a number of old friends including Randy Fielding, Ewan McIntosh and Christian Long. As always I am also meeting loads of new people, all interested in the same priority; making learning better for students. It's a great opportunity.
I often talk about making far greater utilisation of technology to avoid unnecessary time wasting travel, but international events like this are just so different. Here the conversations start, develop and continue as new people join in bringing in their own perspectives, experiences and national priorities. Conversations continue over coffee, drinks, dinners, contacts are made, and opportunities identified for joint working, supporting each other's projects, and forging excellent international, professional relationships. (It also does seem slightly bizarre to travel all this way and meet people from the UK for the first time but...)
Interestingly, there have been a number of people from various aspects of of IT, including Ewan and DK from UK based Mediasnackers. This just has to be positive - the lack of ICT representation at cefpi has been an extremely conspicuous gap in the last few years apart from the occasional key note speaker such as Professor Stephen Heppell. This is especially true when compared to the UK where there has developed a much greater defined process in an integrated approach to education, ICT and school design. There is a way to go here in this approach in many cases.
Mediasnackers are experts in the use of social networking, working with anyone who wants to work differently - no wonder that they are busy! This really is an area that schools are going have to explore far more and be brave in adopting new approaches. There are examples of this, but no where nearly enough and usually to a very limited extent. This is bonkers as so many young people use it all the time out of school - why shouldn't schools harness this expertise and use it for the better?
I will post more about the conference as it proceeds, but if the start is anything on go by, it promises to be a truly fantastic event!
For Ewan's website click here
For Christians website click here
For DK's website, click here