Travelled to Liverpool ( Bosco CLC) on Saturday with my friend and colleague MarkBunyan. Didn’t know quite what to expect from the conference being that we had attended quite a few RTC conferences. Was this going to be the same sort of thing or more targeted at ADE’s specifically?
Arrived a few minutes early and was greeted by friendly staff who made us conformable at the venue. Soon the other ADE’s began arriving and we were chatting away to old acquaintances and meeting new faces.
The conference was started with a brief chat from Jim Elder the UK & Ireland ADE Co-ordnator. Jim introduced the Keynote Speaker – John Hickey of Apple. Mr Hickey talked about Apple’s vision and aspirations as well as the impact Apple are having in the Education market.
After lunch we had a some breakout sessions where we split into groups related to Primary, Secondary, Higher Ed and CLCs. In these groups we discussed what we do, how we can communicate and collaborate better. We discussed how Apple might be able to support us in our work.
After another break we split into small groups for a session called the “Golden Nugget”. Myself and Barbara Ainscough led this session where we invited delegates to talk for 5 minutes about something they use in their classroom to good effect. Each group was to decide which nugget was the best of the group and these would then be shown to the whole conference, a vote taken on the winner. There was to be a prize-giving for the most popular.
Our winner was Neil Emery: Who showed us how to make animated gifs from photobooth and to put video into comiclife. The overall winner won an ipod nano. for introducing us to an iphone app called Smacktalk.
The evenings entertainment was a nice meal and drinks in the hotel and Karaoke.
Again kicked off by john Hickey. This time talking about iTunesu. A service from apple which allows you to distribute teacher notes and content directly to your students iphone or ipod touch/mac/network. He then continued to discuss Snow Leopard Server which has powerful new features such as Wiki server2 and podcast producer.
Following this were two presenters from ACU in Texas who have been using Snow Leopard Server to distribute their lectures and indeed run their whole course using Apple technology to make their course more mobile. All students were furnished with either an iphone or an ipod touch to receive their course notes and essential updates. All in all a fascinating and thought provoking weekend.
Previously he worked in Education as an ICT Trainer delivering I.C.T / Audio/Visual solutions for Education and Business. Connect with Phil on Social
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