Curiously, the first day of the GAFE summit (Google apps for educators) was not as exciting as I’d anticipated.
I enjoyed the opening keynote By Suan Yeo, Google’s Head of Education (Asia Pacific) and attended some interesting sessions, notably Jim Sill‘s on the incredible Google Art Project… and some less interesting ones.
Reflecting on the day and looking over the rapturous tweets from some of the participants, I ask myself why the day seemed a bit flat to me. It was well organised, the tools are brilliant, there were great people to talk to and the presenters were well prepared… so why did it not excite me?
Perhaps it was because the day was more about tools than about learning. In the sessions I attended, no-one showed great examples of how students use the apps and there wasn’t much talk about authentic, engaging, meaningful learning (the stuff I love to talk about).
What I loved about the Edutech conference earlier in the year, was the fact that, despite being billed as the biggest educational technology conference in Australia, it WAS about learning.
Where was the creativity and innovation?
Let’s see how tomorrow goes…