In October 2008 I was lucky enough to attend and present at the Handheld Learning (HHL08) Conference in London. My presentation was on Computer Games Based Learning in Secondary Schools.
The presentation seemed to be well received and I have since repeated an up-dated version of the presentation at the NAACE 2009 Strategic Conference. If this is something your interested in I will also be presenting on the same topic at the 2009 Scottish Learning Festival (SLF) and at BETT 2010.
Anyway, this years Handheld Learning Conference is fast approaching and the programme of speakers seems to get more an and more interesting by the day. I’ll be contributing to the Spotlight Scotland Session (supported by Learning and Teaching Scotland) on the Wednesday and I will also be delivering a session on Social Media in schools strand on the Tuesday afternoon.
Here is a brief outline of my two sessions:
Leading the change: social media in schools.
Tuesday 6th October at approximately 15.00h
"Social media is rapidly changing the way that we communicate, shop, live, do business and learn - but many schools still haven’t really harnessed the power of social media to improved their learning environments.
This seminar will examine examples of how social media have been used in classrooms and by school leaders to make their institutes become more productive, open and engaging for their learners? It will suggest tools that can be used by education professionals to help publicise their schools, increase audience for student achievement, contribute to staff professional development and make significant efficiency savings.
In addition the presentation will attempt to define exactly what we mean by social media. After all, until we understand exactly what social media in education is how will we ever promote wide scale, sustainable adoption supported by appropriate strategy?"
Web Tools for Teachers: how Scottish schools are making the most of free web based resources to communicate, collaborate and learn.
Wednesday 7th October at approximately 12.30h
"This presentation will showcase some of the exciting work that has been going on in a number of Scottish Schools who have been making the most of free web based resources.
During the 30-minute session you will be shown examples of innovative practice from a variety of curriculum areas in both the primary and secondary setting. Examples will include on-line comic books, animation, collaborative documents, 3D modeling, web-based games and the creative use of web 2.0 technologies.
Importantly, any of the resources mentioned will be able to be replicated in your own school or education authority."
More information about this years Handheld Learning event can be found here.