Had a great experience at the annual VITTA conference held in Melbourne last Monday thru to Wednesday. Highlights included the keynote presentations from Derek Robertson from Scotland and Andrew Owen from Monash University, on the use of games as hooks for learning as well as being great tools for teaching/learning. Something I am looking at following up in some form next year.
There was a plethora of sessions on the use of Web 2.0 tools for classrooms and some really practical ideas. A great session was presented by Jess McCulloch and Anne Mirtschin from Hawkesdale P-12 on how they are ‘shifting’ their teachers thinking in relation to the use of ICT.
Personally it was great to meet several people whom I follow via Twitter or their blogs/wikis, especially Darrel Branson, aka ‘the ICT Guy‘ who won the Primary ICT Leader of the year award, well done Darrel. Part of this too was being interviewed by Tony Richards from ‘The Ed Tech Crew‘ for the weekly podcast that he an Darrel put together.
A great conference and my Delicious account is larger as a result.