Thank you to all of those who joined us in the BETT Arena, at the ExCel, in London, a 1000-seater, circular theatre, for a whiz through 88 of our favourite tools for bringing learning even more alive.
In this goal driven age, we could think that education is imparting a body of knowledge, rather than a shared journey of discovery. There are so many pressures put upon educators these days that enjoyment, inspiration, creativity, and fun can be forced out of the classroom.
But we do need to inspire young people and fire their imaginations; enhance their creativity and confidence, so they can pick ideas up and start to juggle with them; encourage resourcefulness through challenge, but also the ability to reflect, change and benefit from the experience of others; ~ to motivate a love of learning for life.
Fascination is a tool that can be easily neglected. This digital world, when mixed with the analogue, brings such potential for communication. Robots courtesy of Aldebaran Robotics and Active Robots – Thank you!
Technology is not the only answer… but, it does open up some remarkable opportunities, to extend teaching and learning styles.
We looked at many, potentially useful, Web2 tools and software (most of it free), hand-held devices and more, – but with an eye on quality learning as the focus, rather than the latest gadget; ‘what is said, rather than what is used to say it’.
And who better to say it than the voice of Siri – Jon Briggs. We had the pleasure of meeting, and being introduced to the Arena, by the man himself!
The event was an amazing experience. We thank all those who came along and those who were there in spirit if not in person, and for all the very kind feedback – THANK YOU!
Again, thanks to all those who helped us turn this big empty space in to a digital time travelling playground. 88 mph!!
p.s. We have been touched by the remarkable amount of gorgeous feedback we have received after this session, via email, Twitter, Facebook, and other methods. A few people have written some thoughtful reflections on blog posts too. Just a couple here: Thank you to Barry Corrigan (@MrMalcontent) for his truly thoughtful, and encouraging, words HERE. Oliver Quinlan (@OliverQuinlan) Live Blogged in his inimitable, fast paced, style.
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