ICT in Education Conference 2012
The 8th annual ICT in Education Conference will take place in Thurles on the 19th May. Prefaced with the wonderful CESI-Meet on the evening of the 18th May, this event is one of the key conferences on the education calendar. This year’s theme is “Learning Spaces”, a timely and relevant theme as the whole question of what a school should be in the 21st century? Isn’t it time we moved away from the current model and what should that model now look like?
Limerick Institute of Technology, (LIT), reports that the conference takes a broad view of both the physical and virtual spaces where we learn. Keynote speakers and workshop presenters explore space, time, technology, and the curriculum in front of first, second and third level students. “If you expect to teach effectively in the 21st century, you need to be aware of how to create interesting learning spaces for students,” says Bernard Goldbach, one of the organisers.
Two avid American educators headline this year’s conference as keynote speakers. Both Ira Socal and Pam Moran promote “The Iridescent Classroom”. They imagine a space without boundaries of opportunity but with enclosures for safety and security. They appreciate traditional time and space limitations while promoting support and mentoring for creativity. Both keynote speakers bring their message of “sharing to build a vibrant teaching community” to the Learning Spaces Conference.
LIT Lecturer and event co-organiser Pamela O’Brien says, “The Iridescent Classroom glows with the learning work of students. I see this kind of energy during Coder Dojo sessions in LIT and we want to show teachers how to bring it into their classrooms.” As workshops during the Learning Spaces Conference will show, students can learn to develop as better citizens by experiencing what it means to collaborate while learning.
Registration for the Learning Spaces Conference is online at http://www.lit.ie/ictedu
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