Friday, October 12, 2012

ULearn Conference 2012

What an amazing three days it's been at ULearn12!

Three best things about ULearn12:

  1. the people
  2. the people
  3. the people
Three worst things about ULearn12:
  1. the internet (not CORE's fault)
  2. only one ABBA song at the Conference Dinner
  3. saying goodbye to friends old and new ...
Pledge for ULeran 2013 if I'm lucky enough to attend:
As an ADE I will put my nerves aside and participate in the Apple sMACkdown.

I've made some notes here - from the presentations I have attended this year.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Google Apps Summit @ Auckland

Very exciting to be at the first ever Google Apps for Education (GAFE) Summit in New Zealand.  It was an early start to the day in the car with @FionaGrant, @Allanahk and @barbs1.  Hilarious tiki tour route to get to Albany Senior High School thanks to @FionaGrant and google maps!  So many friends and familiar faces - it's going to be a great day and a fabulous kick-off to ULearn 2012 ...

Click here to view my notes for today.

Friday, September 21, 2012

2012 KnowledgeNET & eLearning Conference

21-22 September 2012
Takapuna Grammar School

Like most schools, my school has limited funds for attending conferences so I was not initially intending on registering for this event.  However, just last week I was surprised to be offered funding to cover these costs by a confidential donor.  Yipee!

My notes for the two days are here if you are interested.

Apple Learning Tour

Last week I headed along to the first ever Auckland Apple Learning Tour with four teachers from my school.  The format included a "keynote" introduction before splitting into two workshops and then coming together at the end for a final "keynote".

The four teachers are all trialling the use of iPod Touches and iPads in their classes so they were keen to get some practical ideas for their programmes.  I was more interested in the deployment and management of mobile devices.

We all came away with some new knowledge and overall were pleased we made the effort to attend.  It also gave us the opportunity to talk about issues we are grappling with as a school such as BYOD and how it would look for our community.  Possibly one of the most beneficial aspects of seminars such as this is the face-to-face time with like-minded educators and sharing what is happening in our schools.

The biggest surprise of the afternoon was no alcohol at the drinks and nibbles at the end - this caused a group gasp when it was announced in the lecture theatre!

My notes from the afternoon are here if you are interested.

A message to Apple - please do this again as we'll be there with bells on!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Steve Jobs

I was lucky enough to be given the Walter Isaacson Steve Jobs biography for Christmas by a friend (in fact I got two and I had to return one). I found it to be a thoroughly good read and at times quite inspirational. I certainly kept thinking about it for sometime after I finished reading it which, from experience, is one sign of a good book!

Today Rachel Boyd posted this on Facebook and I just had to share it myself - thanks Rachel! So if you haven't already checked out the book - give it a go!

Source: via Rachel on Pinterest

So if you haven't already checked out the book - give it a go!