Saturday, October 14, 2006

Attending the Australian IWB Conference 2006

The Enhancing Teaching and Learning with IWBs Conference was held at St Bernadette's School, Castle Hill, Sydney on Thursday 10, Friday 11 and Saturday 12 August 2006.

It is well past time for reporting on this - what a busy year it has been - but here goes.

Our "gang of 4" from Patrician Brothers presented two sessions under the banner Learning Curve. The presentations are available on the IWBNet site, although you will need to join as an interested member to access these and other presentations from the Conference. It is free and painless and well worth the trouble for the range of resources available. These versions of the presentations include only screen shots of our in-school produced material and exclude the video clips of our students.

Our first presentation was called Teacher's Perspective where we shared a variety of activities which have formed the backbone of our IWB use. Our aim was to showcase the type of activities we have used successfully with our classes in an ongoing way, as well as reflecting on how our teaching has developed. After eighteen months we still feel we have much to learn - which was what the Conference was all about.

The second session, Student Perspective, reported results of our student surveys and included video of a Year 8 focus group and a Year 9 group using the board.

Some of the standout sessions of the Conference:

Kel Hathaway - for sheer enthusiasm and a wealth of good ideas built up over several generations of technology. Check them out at Edugator: Integrating technology into the curriculum . Included is a guide to podcasting, including a how to which has links to guides on the web as well as giving a few practical tips of his own.

John Pearce is another excellent teacher and technology integrator who did a session on Podcasting. We got to take away a CD full of useful tools. Science and ICT is one of the places you'll find him on the web.

Christy Dangerfield from Christ Church Grammar School in WA gave a very interesting presentation called PD Pathway describing the school's journey towards ICT integration.

We didn't get to see presentations by teachers from the host school, St Bernadette's Castle Hill as they coincided with our own, which was bad luck. They are doing great things by all accounts.

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