BETT was very busy today, with hoards at the Excel centre attending it and a CISCO event. 

We attended a number of presentations, including a presentation at the Smart theatre about the ITEC Schoolnet project - worth watching as some of the findings could inform Smart VET. It was definitely the most interesting presentation of the day. We were then brought to another room, by a person we met at the ITEC presentation, to view ISIS, a system for making videos of teachers in action for the purpose of peer coaching and mentoring of teachers - this system includes a camera system and a platform for sharing and giving feedback on the videos - would certainly make micro-teaching recording and feedback much easier!

Next, it was a quick transfer to the BETT Arena for 'Big Ideas in Education' - the programme is so packed, we are squeezing in flying visits to the huge range of commercial stands in the exhibition hall. 

The afternoon was dedicated to 'Driving chang ein the education sector' - a presentation about taking the 'cake slice' approach to change in Vasteras in Sweden; 'Speed geeking' about taking a different approach to teacher CPD within schools; 'Developing mobile apps in minutes (weejot.com) - quite a challenge - will have to learn more about programming sometime!  

On the way from one talk to another, we were press-ganged to have a look at the new look Teacher TV - more talk of on-line options for sharing and collegiality; then to Global Voices in Education Technology II, again in the BETT Arena.

This presented four voices - Curt Bonk talking about 'Extreme Learning , based on his book 'The World is Open' - we have tinkered (using on-line timelines; on-line art, encyclopedias and educational videos such as TED); Tottering: Videoconferencing in the classroom; crowdsourcing answers (Piazza – Ask. Answer. Explore. Whenever.); Collaboration (CmapTools - Home Page Cmap.html); Google hangouts; knowledge building and shared learning on-line. The next step is what Bonk calls 'Extreme Learning' - he highlights the growing interest in MOOCs; the collection of stories rather than test scores; the potential to access the knowledge of experts working in some very rare and isolated areas remotely and bring their expertise to learners both in and outside the classroom. The site to go to is Extreme Learning The by-line is 'Anyone learning anywhere, any time, through technology - worth a look!

Next Anna Maria Raad addressed the dispersed geography of Chile, and the unequal access to resources for many school pupils there - the government of Chile have attempted to  address this using  innovation and the world wide web to support education both in school and outside school, particularly where events militate against young people attending school - for example after the 2010 earthquake, which destroyed a large number of schools. The government-designed web-based system is used to keep students and their guardians informed; to provide support and to help students continue their education uninterrupted. The site in question is called educarchile, and provides an on-line course for students al over CHile who want to go to University, as well as providing informaiton to students. This project won a WISE award last year. 

5 Key elements - 1. The student is at the centre 2. Technology evolves - so should education 3. It is important to take a 360 degree view of the context 4. It's a good idea to 'flip' the classroom and maximise the use of mobile technologies 5. Be flexible, adaptable and innovative. 

Stephen Heppell (Learning Places and Spaces - virtual and actual) Spoke about beautiful environments for learning; action research for everybody - co-constructing knowledge (my words); changing things by exchanging and swopping ideas; user-lead design for better learning, and advocating trusting the children (students); taking off the armbands and stabilisers. 

Finally, Alaisdair Blackwell spoke about the need to teach programming and coding - Visual Programming; HTML; CSS and Java Script, as a valuable skill for the future. 

Education - Decoded - Learn to Code

1 – Paragraphs | O2 Learn to Code with Decoded

(This is a very fitting place to end - this site gives a sixteen step course in coding - I had felt quite inept as the guy presenting how to develop an app in a minute lost me very quickly!).

My feet and mind are now exhausted, with just enough energy left for tomorrow's adventures in e-Land!!!

We'll be visiting Ton Koenraad presenting iTilt (Welcome to itilt.eu | itilt.eu) at the Smart theatre; go looking for information about the Microsoft Surface, to see what it's like in action; learning about inspiring collaborative learning; and generally finding out what is new in terms of resources. 

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Comment by Laurence Cuffe on February 1, 2013 at 10:38

Sounds great. Kurt Bonk has some good stuff on his home page:

http://www.publicationshare.com/

and I think gave a good talk to the RSA a few years ago which is available via ItunesU.

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