About Thinks

Sometimes good thinks happen and sometimes bad thinks happen. Sometimes it's hard to distinguish between the two.

Some thinks need immediate action and some thinks may remain as thinks forever. Thinks can be angry and heated. Thinks can be joyful. Thinks should never be cold.

These thinks are linked to many other wonderful thinks and I like to attribute these.

These thinks do not necessary reflect those thinks of my employer.

Think long, think on.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

IWB.Net Conference

The IWB.net conference.

Highlights:

Andrew Churches Key Note (fantastic presentation of where we are at, where we have come from, and where we are heading in regard to ICT.)

Peter Kent's many workshops and panel discussions. Very interesting stuff regarding policy surrounding ICT and what they are up to in Australia's ACT. We didn't always see eye-to-eye but I agreed with him on most things.

Other Stuff:

Many content based workshops using ACTIVE boards which were interesting but not too helpful if you have a different product.

My own workshop was on using the SMARTboard as a launching pad for webdesign. The basic premise was that Notebook software gives kids the opportunity to focus on design. Notebook enables children to hyperlink, attach, create backgrounds and insert pictures in the same way that they can with online bogging products such as googlesites, yola etc.

They can do this in an environment that is not internet dependent and decisions can be made and learned from without being uploaded.

I told this story of an Authentic Inquiry one of my year 3-4 classes conducted on e-Waste and how I made the assumption that the kids would be good with design and I would teach them the 'techy' stuff. I quickly realised however that the opposite occurred. The kids took to the technical stuff like a duck to water and their initial design was less than desirable. Look out fot the rainbow pen!

Notes

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