One Note and Evernote

Another session I attended was on the organization and sharing of information using tools such as One Note and Evernote. We’ve had PD on One Note and it looks attractive but I haven’t used it to any great extent. This presentation showed what a One Note devotee can achieve and it looks pretty impressive. I have just started using Evernote to allow smooth transfer and synchronizing of tasks between my ipad, android phone and laptop and it’s quite seamless. For example, the notes for this blog have been compiled on my phone and ipad and macbook, depending on what was at hand and it just feels like I have been working on the one document…. Useful and usable

Google docs, Google sites and Google Apps

 I went to three presentations looking at cloud-based solutions for creating, sharing and storing documents. The first was an extended commercial from Scott McKenzie of Cloud Logic Australia. Looks attractive and could deliver a reliable platform for student work and staff collaboration if you embraced it fully. Is this the way of the future? Could well be. The other two sessions were with the ICT guys from PLC Burwood. They have taken PLC along the Google path and report a relatively positive experience after one year of operation. This could change the way you work and might even change the way you think. Talk to me over coffee sometime.

Risk management and ICT, Michael Hough

This was pretty- much risk management 101 for teachers (identifying risks, assessing likelihood of occurrence and severity of consequences and then prioritizing control measures)

The emphasis was less on student safety than on the risks associated with not covering the syllabus adequately and not achieving appropriate standards of achievement 
The guts of the presentation was about having clear documentation (an audit trail) identifying: 
What item must be taught
What level of achievement is acceptable?
How can we justify our choices?
How did we set standards of achievement
How did we measure learning achievement?

Augmented reality and QR codes

This presentation was from Greg Gebhart from IT Vision

He kicked off with some clever uses of QR codes, but quickly moved on to a topic that really brings out the geek in me: augmented reality (I am sure that there is a cyborg in all of us just waiting to be booted up!… or is it just me?)
For the QR stuff, just google “QR codes in education” and you will get a taste of the possibilities 
Greg showed use of the Layar augmented reality app –
Take a look at the Ray Ban sunnies application of VR and you can get the idea.
Also looked at 

Ar crossair

Smartgrid  digital hologram
to get the idea
Incidental things to check out that came from this talk were:
Sites to generate shortened web links 

Bitly URL shortened

Common craft website for tech explanations
Wiki tube

Keynote 2 video conferencing, Jan Zenetis, Cisco

This Keynote on video conferencing was a bit of a Cisco commercial but it included an interesting case study on Video conferencing activities and facilities at PLC.

This presentation showed various examples of the use of video conferencing including:
Virtual excursions
Collaborative projects
Professional development
Resources to look at:
Centre for interactive learning and collaboration CILC
CLX connected learning exchange 
Interesting possibilities, particularly for Science, HSIE, PDHPE and TAS

Kaos and Control

The second session I attended at this conference was a workshop exploring the level of control (Internet filtering, access to phones and other devices etc) and the consequences for the classroom and beyond . There seem to be as many approaches as there are schools. It returns us to the basic questions about how much structure you put around students to enable/encourage/expect/demand appropriate behaviors. The preferred approach needs to link in to the (changing) culture of the entire school community. My thinking on this tends more toward an “open access” approach where the students have to take more responsibility for managing their own appropriate use of ICTresources. BUT, this has to be achieved through a carefully negotiated social contract involving parents, students and the school within the broader social/legal framework we operate in. Do you help students learn appropriate behavours by filtering out innapropriate ones during school hours? Or are you just displacing the problems so that they occur elsewhere? I can hear these questions echoing through centuries of education.

First keynote Ian Jukes


A thought provoking talk. Jukes presented a passionate case for matching activities to the needs of the “digital generation” re:
1. Speed of interaction. DigGen are conditioned to much faster exposure to info, higher frequency of decision making and action plus instant feedback
2. Visual learning : highly developed visual spatial skills?
Light and sound trained rather than text trained
Shift from Written to visual info processing
3. Different reading strategies
DigGen scan text in F pattern starting at bottom of page
Trad readers scan in z pattern
Social comment on use of media to meet belonging needs:
Digital social experience and connectedness and involvement
Resources worth looking at:
Some familiar themes but the fluency project is definitely worth keeping an eye on.