Here are some ways I’d like to see this conference being more like school:
- Why did every session have rows of chairs facing the front, rather than seats grouped for collaboration and discussion?
- Why was every session presented by an expert out the front while ‘recipients’ were largely passive?
- How about some time to digest what we’ve taken in and actively engage with the ideas in small groups between presentations?
- How about some opportunities to apply our learning creatively in some active hands-on sessions?
- Why not have learners collaborating to develop products that are shared with the real world? (Thanks, Rod)
- What about some time to ‘play’ with fellow learners, get to know them, share and learn from each other?
Here’s my post from last year’s conference and it’s interesting to see what’s changed and what hasn’t. (Note, I can use the same cartoon again!) This year there was wireless access and Apple provided iPads on loan for use during the conference. The program was online, with announcements and session details readily accessible. What a brilliant marketing move… there’ll be 900 educators considering iPad purchase for their schools now!