I am home again after a fantastic 4 days in Christchurch participating in the 10th ULearn conference hosted by Core Ed. Over the next few weeks I’ll be processing the input from the keynotes and sessions I attended. Here’s my summary:


  • Unofficial Geocaching workshop – great to introduce newbies to the addiction
  • Pecha Kucha session in the Limes Room – I think this was filmed so will find the link for it
  • Twitter dinner


  • Keynote: Lee Crockett
  • Breakout One – this was my workshop <G>
  • Breakout Two – Inspiration, Ignition, Impact with Paula Jamieson
  • Keynote: Steve Wheeler (aka @timbuckteeth)


  • Twitter breakfast
  • Keynote: Lane Clark
  • Breakout Three – Change, Creativity, Curriculum & Community: Succeeding in Spite of the System – Chris Betcher
  • Breakout Four – Apple sMacdown
  • Conference Dinner


  • Breakout Five – Trades Hall visit – had a quick mini-lesson on the Promethean board
  • Breakout Six – eCompetencies – Linking eQuality teaching directly to the Key Competencies with Kellie McRobert
  • Keynote: Stephen Heppell


I won a couple of fantastic prizes and must thank the sponsors for those:

  • HP: My DP has already responded about the 42″ digital sign I won – we’ve just completed a new admin area and I know it will look fantastic there
  • Learning Media: I spent my 2 hours at the airport waiting for my flight reading the teachers manual for the Write Tools – can’t wait to get stuck in – and when Murray Gadd next visits I’ll do a show and tell with him 🙂

And as for the other freebies:

  • Xirrus – while I know the t-shirts I got weren’t so much a prize as a giveaway I want to say thanks for them – they’ll fit right into my wardrobe!
  • DLink – best gadget ever – the screwdrivers – a must for all us geeks
  • Apple sMACdown – my new earbuds are very welcome – they’ll be residing at school – and will be very handy for my kids recording using the iTouch/iPhone

As always one of the huge bonuses is meeting up with my Twitter PLN – it’s great to see the international tweeps here with us kiwis. Thanks to all my PLN the personal input was amazing!

4 thoughts on “Ulearn10

  • October 10, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Hi! It’s Hailey Rascoe again from Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class at The University of South Alabama! It sounds like you had a great time in Christchurch! It sounds like it was a great conference! I won’t lie, though. Any conference with prizes and freebies are pretty good in my eyes!! Free t-shirts, enough said! They would fit well into my wardrobe as well!

  • October 11, 2010 at 11:04 am

    It’s Regina from EDM310 (again)
    It sounds like you had a great time at the conference! Most of the time when I hear conference I tend to stay away but this one sounds like it was well worth it. I hope it was useful to you, which by the sound of it so far it was. The freebies are always a plus too!

  • October 19, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    My name is Catina and I am in Dr.Strange Edm310media class. I enjoyed looking at your break down of Christchurch conference.It really seemed like fun.I love the fact that you are learning new techniques. The conference seemed very helpful. The top dressing for me would have been I get to eat and have a full stomach.I look forward to more of your post and you can contract me on my class-blog catinamagbyedm310blogspot.com

  • October 31, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    I’m a student at the University of South Alabama in Dr. Stranges EDM310 class. I am pleased you enjoyed the conference so much. I was looking and seen all the interesting data that you covered in the daily sessions. It is also very cool you won some prizes. I also liked the fact that you were able to see your friends from your twitter account. I personally cannot wait till I can start attending conferences once I become a teacher, so I can improve my own teaching abilities. My contact is http://cooperphillipedm310.blogspot.com/

    Hope to hear from you.

    thanks, Phillip

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