Thursday, 6 November 2014

Bring IT Together 2 - Day 2

Another amazing day of learning at #bit14 - between a keynote by Richard Byrne, lots of incredible sessions, and a photowalk by the Falls, it's hard to know where to begin or what to say.

Some points from Richard Byrne's keynote:

  • We need to be preparing our students for jobs that don't even exist yet.
  • Google has a "search anthropologist" who studies how we do Internet searches.  Check out Daniel Russell's Search ReSearch page for weekly questions designed to help improve research skills.
  • Reframing our lessons:  "Today we will explore" vs "Today you will learn about."
  • Google is the biggest search engine; YouTube is the second biggest.
  • We need to encourage our students (and ourselves) to take risks and put our content out there - great things can happen!  For example, the theme song of the CBC show Mr. D came from a kid who posted some rap music on YouTube.
There were so many workshops today, I wished I could clone myself to be able to attend more.  Thank goodness for a spirit of collaboration among the presenters and the power of the Internet - most of the workshop presentations are available on line for all to learn from.

Workshops included:

  • Utilisations pédagogiques de codes QR
  • Citoyenneté et identité numérique
  • Google Tips, Tricks, & Tutorials
  • Digital Photography 101
  • « App Hour »: un cinq à sept techno
My notes from today are available here.

Photos from tonight's #bit14 Photowalk:

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