How is it that a conference about technology, namely the ACEC 2010, the national biennial conference of the Australian Council for Computers in Education, wasn’t chiefly about technology?
That’s a good thing in case you’re wondering.
So, for me, at least, the conference was about the opportunities to meet new people, share ideas and make connections. Some of these people I hadn’t previously met, others I knew online and was happy to finally meet face to face. And the program wasn’t too bad either.
I attended one day in body and the other days virtually. Either way, I was there thanks to the gracious collaboration of participants on Twitter #acec2010 and other great places to be when you’re not there.
The theme of the conference expresses the essence of the program:
Digital Diversity conference explores interactive and creative approaches to ICT in education. Addressing diversity in styles of learning and thinking offers us new pathways for building the right knowledge and skills to adapt to constant change.
Yes, the theme of the conference is ICT, but the words ‘interactive’, ‘creative’, ‘diversity’, thinking’, ‘building’ and ‘adapt to change’ express the real focus.
The sharing has been amazing. For example, @ackygirl tweeted a link to the Twitter transcript.
Here are ACEC2010 Delicious links.
Alan November‘s plenary and workshop sessions were a highlight for me on the Wednesday.
Amongst other things, Alan spoke about authentic learning projects based in the real world, for example, the teacher and students who built their own Wikipedia page. Listen to these students describe themselves as historians in the most serious way.
A huge thankyou to organisers of this very successful conference. Hope to see everyone again next year.