The Best Conference Ever!
On this past Friday and Saturday morning I and two of my colleagues (@folklind and @juanita_o) attended the first ever EdTechConf held in Cape Town. So often one attends a conference and walks away feeling that your time has been wasted or that it could have been shorter or even that you got nothing out of it. That was not the case for this conference – in short, it was nothing but excellent.
I was also very honoured to have been asked to be part of a Best Practice Panel discussion and present a short insert on how we handle ICT at my school and which Web 2.0 tools we have used successfully, and I was very pleased to have been able to add to the value of this conference. In reflection, here are the highlights of the conference for me:
- The talk by @timkeller (Tim Keller) on Smart Cyber-Parenting – Online Safety for Parents and Kids. It was nothing short of brilliant. Extremely informative and brimming with eye-popping statistics to support his talk. (This took place on the Thursday evening before the conference.)
- The talk on Technophobic Teachers by Arthur Preston (@artpreston) was spot on and very humorous! We can all identify with members of his Technophobe family in our schools, but as he rightly said – there is help at hand!
- The panel discussion titled “You put WHAT on Facebook?!” – this was eye-opening and confirmed many of the thoughts and opinions I have on the topic of student-teacher relationships on Facebook. It also highlighted many legal aspects we need to take into account. The introduction by Gavin Keller (@gavinkeller) was serious but hilarious at the same time. Much food for thought!
- The many people I met, especially those I had been following on Twitter. How lovely it was to meet them face-to-face! I also expanded my PLN which is why I was there in the first place.
- The wonderful tools and resources we were given to take away and explore at our leisure, including a flash drive full of resources and a wonderful session by Maggie Verster (@maggiev) on how to bookmark all these resources in ONE place.
I look forward to ETC 2012 and I hope to take some of my teacher colleagues with me next time. This conference is not just for the tech geeks and ICT managers. It is for the teachers who work at ground level, in the classrooms. They are the ones who need to be there, as they have the most to gain.
A word of thanks to the organisers Tim Keller and Art Preston, as well as the team at The International School of Cape Town, for a very memorable event. Anyone interested in reading about the conference, log in to Twitter and search for #edtechconf.