Becta-X was a great experience today, not only for me (someone who has a vested interested in tech and education), but for my students who were involved throughout the day via twitter and eventually SKYPE in the afternoon.
The premise of Becta-X was to have the discussion about education and digital media but covered a vast array of issues from filtering in schools to the creation on a professional facebook/schoogle for teachers (which my students have already wire-frame designed....).
The day was extremely complex with one presentation, panel discussions and pitches with a live twitter feed from 15 schools across the UK and finally live feedback on pitches from my students via SKYPE. Kirsty Young from Just-b productions managed the logistics of the day beautifully, but I was once again wowed by a guy who I have always enjoyed reading and was delighted to see fronting the day - Ewan McIntosh. The wonderfully incisive and witty presenter skillfully summarised, teased out ideas, guided us through complex ideas and made the whole day flow beautifully (despite his comment about NUFC...)
To summarise my own humble thoughts from the day, I think that...
- the technology is only as good as the pedagogical purpose behind it
- teachers and learners need access to excellent resources and ideas which are easily transferable
- although we need centralised support, we also need the flexibility to personalise technology to the school and individual context
- schools should manage their own filtering depending on their own context
- technology is ubiquitous and not going to leave us
- learner voice is essential at all points in education - we can learn so much about tech and engagement from the "consumers" as the Play Station man said
- ignore naysayers and do what is best for the kids at all times
- the students at Cramlington Learning Village are awesome!
A brilliant day and hopefully just the first step on the path to a brighter future!