DEECD Innovation Showcase

I attended my second DEECD Innovation Showcase today. As always getting out of school and amongst some interesting people with great ideas has inspired me to communicate.

Sadly, I wasn’t nearly as inspired by what I heard and saw as previously.  Don’t get me wrong, there were some fabulous speakers and many teachers doing wonderful things in their classrooms, although I heard less truly new stuff than previously.  No, it was the audience and the lack of wireless that failed to impress.  I couldn’t believe that everywhere I sat I was the only person in sight using a netbook or laptop.  I never write notes anymore because I know I’ll never look at them again and my handwriting is so slow and messy that even if I did I probably wouldn’t know what I wrote.  There was no public wifi but it still surprised me that there were only a few of us (richielambert, curry08, toze12, merspi, murcha and me) tweeting.

What I did enjoy were the keynotes from Charles Leadbeater and Adrian Camm.  These are people who force us to think about the why and how of what we do and we need these wake up calls.

Seeing what Lynette Barr and Louise Duncan are doing with games and mobile devices has only renewed my resolve to investigate this for my school and it was interesting to hear about how Cam Tingay is using Ning with upper primary students (even though, as Kanga37 pointed out) they are under 13, the minimum age according to the terms of service.

Apart from the lack of wireless, the organisation, facilities and food were all excellent.  And those Dyson Airblade hand-dryers in the restrooms were something else!

Dyson Airblade



  1. Hit all the nails on the head.

    I opened my laptop, saw no internet, then closed it again. I was really looking forward to the backchannel on Twitter. Possibly even a presenter even embracing it?

    I wrote my notes and then typed them up on the train on the way home. Ridiculous double handling, but did allow me to revisit ideas. Possibly also concentrated a little more while not multitasking.

    Charles Leadbetter, Adrian Camm and Brendan Hogan were fantastic. Joanne Blannin was also really good, but that whole Ning/Age issue was eating away at me the whole time.

    The hand dryers were unreal! I thought of toasting one of my lunchtime rolls in there!

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