Dorset ICT Conference 2013 ~ “Pure Imagination”

| June 5, 2013 | 15 Comments 

An honour to do “top and tail” keynotes, at the Dorset ICT Conference 2013, a full-on event, with the joyous title of “Pure Imagination” which was held, appropriately, at Merley House,  an enchanting Georgian Manor House, overlooking the town of Wimborne Minster in Dorset.

The conference had some imaginative, & interesting aims:

  • Develop creative and engaging teaching strategies for exploiting the power of ICT to engage and deepen learning
  • Extend knowledge and confidence through sharing ways in which innovative practice can enhance all areas of the curriculum
  • Learn about a range of tools and resources that colleagues can use in their practice the next day

Education can sometimes be a little slow in its uptake of new technologies.

Whatever format, whatever degree of complexity, there has been a slight history of initial reluctance, before, eventually, some have involved “this new stuff” in their classroom environments. Whether it is a stick and sand, wax tablets, scrolls, books, slides, film, video, computers, PowerPoint, YouTube films, and beyond, …they have all been integrated in to teaching sessions, in some way though.

All the way through, however, these new tools have often been used to modify the way a teacher presents facts, and information, to their pupils.

They have had more impact on TEACHING, than on LEARNING.

In many educational settings, the relationships, and interactions, stay unchanged: A teacher, as “Sage on the Stage”, imparting their wisdom, information, and knowledge, to an unsuspecting audience sat in front of them.

Are we training our children how to come to school, sit, bored, for a few hours, and get away with it without being spotted?

In the same way, challenges (or, sadly, what we more often call “Tasks”), the independent elements of a lesson, can remain, rooted to the spot, for a long time: children still wading through printed text books, step-by-step, and completing units set by teachers, in, and out of, the classroom?

How much ICT has impacted upon, and benefited this part of the education process, is still debatable.

Is there a chance that ICT can still be thought of as “When students go to the computers”, or “When they get to do some typing”.

Students might take notes in an electronic fashion. They might study, and research, through the internet, then use a word processor to write up that research. They may, even, produce a PowerPoint slideshow, and potentially email it to a teacher, before it is shown to a class.

On a basic level, very little has changed.

Today, we explored some of the potential for imaginative, inventive and INNOVATIVE, “creative” use of technology, to bring our learning environments alive.

As well as our input, there was a video link up with Stephen Hepple, sessions on KS3/4 Programming, Learning in the Cloud, j2e, mobile Devices, E-Safety, 3D Modelling, SWGfL and even one called “20+ resources that cost less than a Bobby Moore”!

Category: 1) Events and Training days

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  1. Jacky Robinson says:

    Inspirational use of software, can’t wait to try some of the 360 degree software for our web site.

  2. Alan Frame says:

    Some great ideas. Thank you Tim and Sarah.

  3. Tony perry says:

    Love the dice, can really see a place for using those in many secondary subjects to develop questioning skills and develop literacy across the curriculum.

  4. Tim says:

    We would love to see your results with that Jacky
    Please let us know how you get on

  5. Tim says:

    Thank you Alan
    Please let us know what you try first and how you get on

  6. Tim says:

    Nice one Tony – yes Thinking Dice are valuable right the way through ages, and abilities – Visit Tom’s site to find our more: http://www.thinkingdice.com

  7. Jean-Paul Draper says:

    Loved seeing using ICT to generate words, worlds & wonder.
    Going to use the translator to communicate, parler, explain, clarify …

  8. Vicki says:

    Thankyou for such an inspirational session. I can’t wait to begin using the thinking dice in class and create some of our own worlds.

  9. Tim says:

    That’s great to hear Vicki – we would love to see some of those mini worlds, and the challenges you carry out within them
    Have fun, keep in touch, and let us know how you get on
    Thanks again ~ Tim and Sarah

  10. Jason says:

    Not often moved to comment on courses attended, but, I can say this was Inspirational..I can already see how the use of ‘Myst’ can open up truly new worlds for those that have struggled with ‘ideas’
    Some of the apps suggested have already been used today…Yr 4 loved Galaxy Tag, when presenting their work on weather forecasting…(record temperatures in Taiwan at the mo..if you’re interested…they were!)
    Best of all, this humble TA, liberated the dozen iPads from the cupboard, where they had been gathering dust since January….Bring it on!

  11. Tim says:

    Thank you Jason
    Such a special comment
    So glad you were inspired
    Glad too that the iPads are out and about again
    Some greta learning is going to spring forth we are sure
    Keep in touch and let us know how you’re getting on
    Tim and Sarah

  12. Sharon Jones says:

    As a technician I get involved in mainly the hardware up-keep of our ICT kit. Any software exploration apart from upgrades and fixes usually comes a poor second. My interest has been ignited! THANK YOU!

  13. Tim says:

    Thank you Sharon
    To receive a comment like this, from a technician ike yourself, is very special
    We would love to hear what you try out
    Thank YOU
    Tim and Sarah

  14. Sean says:

    It was an inspirational day, not an expression I use too lightly.
    The Power Point trick you shared with us has elevated my status around my school from ICT guru to ICT Demi-god!
    I am longing to achieve digital divinity within the next year.
    Finally, I have installed Myst Revelations onto my laptop in readiness for my class’ arrival in Asgard sometime next week! I will share the results with you.
    Thank you for revitalising the eccentric in me!

  15. Tim says:

    You star man Sean
    It was great to meet you on Wednesday and re-stoke the games and web fire
    We would LURRRVE to hear how you get on
    Keep your feet on the ground but get running and take off & fly!
    Keep in touch
    Tim and Sarah

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