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Day 3 of the Schools ICT 2010 conference

It’s a few days late, but here is my wrap up of the last day of the conference. I wanted to post this on Tuesday evening, but due to my graphics card dying, I am only doing so now.

Day 3 offered little new or interesting in comparison with the previous 2 days. I did attend one very well spoken lecture on how to set up an ICT committee for a school, to help drive technology adoption. For me however, this was more academic than anything else, as our school already walked this path years ago. The other lectures I attended simply did not have enough meat to be interesting.

There was a highlight however, when we attended the Bottle Rocket course. It was fun, practical and taught some interesting concepts in an easy straight forward manner. If science could always be that fun, I may have paid more attention back in high school. Surprisingly enough, our team ended up “winning” the competition, as our rocket went the highest and stayed up the longest. For me, that was a lot of fun.

The rest of the day after that pretty much dragged. The closing ceremony was almost painful to sit through, as it was a prize giving session. The part that was irritating was that every time a poor school won a prize, a lot of the fellow teachers rose up ululating and celebrating. While one can understand their enthusiasm, once is enough. Repeating these scenes every time only kept the whole shebang running longer than it needed to be.

My colleague and I were discussing the possibility of running a course ourselves at the next conference, something more in depth and technical. We’ve got roughly 2 years to think about it, so there is no real rush. We also discussed the idea again of hosting a conference dedicated to Network Administrators, teachers in charge and so on, so that we could exchange real first hand knowledge. Another idea that may go somewhere eventually.

Overall, I ended the conference feeling somewhat let down. It wasn’t what I expected it to be, and while not a waste of time, there is lots of room for improvement in the future. Let’s see what the future holds.

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