Thinking Digital

Last year Tara and I had the privilege of speaking at the Thinking Digital conference in Newcastle, UK. It was an amazing experience – only enhanced by the fact that Sugata Mitra was also speaking – immediately after us! Here’s the video:

25 Jo Fothergill V1 from Thinking Digital on Vimeo.

 

Ulearn10

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:

Tuesday

  • 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

Wednesday

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

Thursday

  • 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

Friday

  • 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

Prizes

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!

Kiwi Christmas Day

The best kind of Christmas Day is one where no one gets upset or has a hissy fit; where people chill out; and where family get together.

The kids, me, my ex-husband/kids father, and his other son – sharing the cooking and the eating. All very peaceful. Just as it should be.

Then a walk on the beach in the sun.

First view of the beach and there are many people around - not crowds - it's not that kind of beach - but lots - either paddling, swimming or just doing the traditional Christmas Day walk on the beach.
First view of the beach and there are many people around - not crowds - it's not that kind of beach - but lots - either paddling, swimming or just doing the traditional Christmas Day walk on the beach.
Some freak of weather means that details of Kapiti Island stand out very clear to the observer (but not necessarily to the cell phone camera!).
Some freak of weather means that details of Kapiti Island stand out very clear to the observer (but not necessarily to the cell phone camera!).
There's even someone flying about in a biplane!
There's even someone flying about in a biplane!
A view of the beach looking south.
A view of the beach looking south.
And looking north.
And looking north.
And finally a small pohutukawa tree I spotted on the way home. This is the NZ Christmas tree and tradition says that if it is in bloom before Christmas Day then we'll have a long hot summer.
And finally a small pohutukawa tree I spotted on the way home. This is the NZ Christmas tree and tradition says that if it is in bloom before Christmas Day then we'll have a long hot summer.