By Murray Bourne, 30 Nov 2005
I attended the International Conference on Computers in Education today.
- Why do education conferences start with a transmissionist Keynote? Today's was only so-so (by Joseph Krajcik on using gadgets in schools for integrated understanding). There was no attempt to engage the audience.
- Why don't presenters check everything before presenting? Almost every speaker today had technical problems and it was clear that they were plugging into the system for the first time as they stood up to speak. Rule #1 for using technology: Expect there to be problems, go to the room early, solve the problems early, present your talk. Simple.
- The quality of many of the talks today was pretty awful. One guy was proud to announce that students would look at a portion of the screen longer if there was voice narration telling the student to look there. Oh brother.
However, one product from KiwiLand looks interesting: Challenge FRAP (Form for Recording the Analysis of Problems). It is a system for students to keep track of decisions, learning, meetings and reflections when doing problem-based learning.
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