I first attended The Future of Technology in Education Conference (FOTE) last year (2009) and I said at the time I aimed to go back. I was delighted to be asked to speak at the FOTE 2010 conference and I was able to talk to the assembled audience about some of the work that we do at Learning and Teaching Scotland within the Consolarium
FOTE is a good idea – it is free to attend and consists of short 20-minute presentations by people from a variety of backgrounds. It is also a good networking opportunity and attracts nearly 400 delegates – this year it sold out in just under 90 minutes. Most of the audience come from the further and higher education sector.
One of the things that FOTE does well is its pre conference website and its during conference sharing. Other conference organizers could learn a lot from what they do here.
Also, during the conference it is live streamed and also broadcast within Second Life. Both of these things are fairly easy to do but again it allows for more remote participation and attracts a wider variety of audience.
Chris Smith (who runs the popular education website shambles.net) just stumbled across the conference on the morning that it was due to start. He tuned in via second life and twitter – and even though he lives in Thailand he was able to participate as a full conference delegate.
Usefully, Chris has posted some of his conference feedback as a Screener recording:
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