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.
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!