I’ve spent a thoroughly inspiring day at ICTEV 2012 and have come home with a head swirling with ideas, half formed plans and a list of things to explore. After such a full and thought provoking day, I’m not sure that I have the energy to write in detail about the fabulous presentations I attended but I’m going to try to summarise my ‘take home’ messages…
- Despite a frequent cry amongst some in our profession that we’re overworked and unable to find any spare minutes, an assembly hall full of educators were willing to meet on a Saturday to talk, learn, share, question and ponder.
- Kids learning from kids, either live or through screencasting/tutorials, is powerful. I thought I was already doing this but now realise I’m not doing it enough. ‘My teacher has no rewind button’ – screencasting and video tutorials provide that facility.
- It’s not about the technology, it’s about the pedagogy. Think ‘why’ first then ‘what’ and ‘how’.
- Multimodality is here but it doesn’t just happen and kids don’t just create it. Like every other form of literacy, they need support and guidance to get the most out of it and understand all it is capable of achieving.
- Teaching teachers to use technology is easy, getting them to relinquish control is the challenge*.
* My profuse apologies to whoever I quoted this from – it was in one of the fabulous presentations but I can’t remember which one. Poor form on my part, I admit. But too important a message not to add to this recap!