Through my work with Intel Education I've had the chance to meet a lot of teachers from all over Europe (and beyond) and we really have worked on some good projects over the years.
About a year ago my morning commute for Intel was a little shorter than normal and it was a real privilege to invite a group of European Teachers to the Cairngorms National Park where I had a chance to deliver the Intel Teach: Advanced Online Course with a focus on Outdoor Learning. It has become the first of many 'Kingussie Conferences'.
Based from Aviemore, we welcomed teachers to Scotland from England, Sweden, Spain, Jordan, Bulgaria, Israel, Romania, Poland, Czech Republic, Turkey and Russia. We ran the theory sessions from the MacDonald Highland Resort and the practical sessions at the Highland Folk Museum, Cairngorm Mountain and at the Highland Wildlife Park. Lots of things were discussed over the three days of training including:
- Using technology to prepare for outdoor learning opportunities;
- Using technology during outdoor learning opportunities; and
- Using technology to evaluate outdoor opportunities.
We talked GPS, Geocaching, Educaching, Mobile Apps, Digital Maps and lots of Google Earth. But most of all we talked a lot about teaching and learning and our common challenges with student engagement and school improvement across Europe.
Short write up from one of the Russia participants here.