It is many years since I have attended this conference physically. Although I have presented virtually over the last 3 years, it is good to attend the Victorian Technology Educators conference -and catch up with many of my Victorian colleagues who I have worked with closely – and also to make new acquaintances. The conference offered a few different features to both presenters and participants:-
- a charger for mobile devices (which featured the logos/names of all the exhibitors) instead of the usual carry away bag full of promotional flyers. (everyone loved this)
- a gift certificate for presenters offering a donation to the charity of their choice.
- a fringe festival (a little like the ignite sessions at ISTE) that ran parallel to the many formal sessions
- keynote speakers were all Victorian educators, except for Anne Edmonds who is a Victorian comedian. (We all liked featuring our own successful/innovative educators rather than bringing in external speakers.
- people were to prebook for the formal sessions but could choose to go to any on the day provided room was available.
- good food and networking
- approximately 400 attendees which kept it to more intimate levels.
Social media used
- the twitter hashtag was #DigiCon15
- a conference app using YAPP
- Jenny Ashby was busy using Periscope to video many of the presentations
- Roland Gesthuizen and Amanda Rabbin captured many other sessions using google hangouts!
Sessions that I attended included:
- Informatics – a session that explained the new study design for 2016 in VCE IT
- Virtual Drama – this was a great session with Deanne Joosten as presenter. She talked about teaching VCE drama to a class that included 3 remote schools together with her own face to face. She share the many tools that she used to engage them and ensure that they were learning. These included: skype, MS Lync, sway, office mix, voki, padlet, OneNote, powtoon, quizlet, weebly and nearpod. See more in her blog Inspired Creative Tech.
- The afternoon keynote with Corrie Barclay who shared experiences, student work and a lot of pertinent advice for teachers.
- The Internet of Things and how it could be used in school. This is a topic of high interest and the mechanics of the Internet of Things was shared with a number of devices on display.
- My presentation completed the day “Look No Walls”. The resource document can be found here.