There are a few conferences coming up in England which you may find useful. Note that this is by no means an exhaustive list!
The Elearning Foundation Spring Conference
The Elearning Foundation is an organisation devoted to the cause of reducing, if not eliminating, the digital divide. The conference programme this year looks very interesting, and includes keynotes by Vanessa Pittard, who is the educational ICT advisor at the Department for Education, and Lord Puttnam, who is always very inspiring. There is also a break-out session with two alternatives: one for primary and one for secondary school colleagues. You can book online. I attended last year’s one and found it very useful and enjoyable, so I’d recommend this. It takes place on 23rd May.
London Knowledge Lab
The London Knowledge Lab is running a series of two hour seminars under the general heading “What the research says”. The next one, on the use of mobile technology in Maths and Science, takes place on 25th May. I’m not sure if there are any places left, but I suggest contacting Rose Luckin if you’d like to find out. Her email address, and a bit more about the series, may be found on the seminars page.
Stop press: I've just been informed by Mike Sharples that there are still vacancies for this event. Look at the Mobile Technologies for Maths and Science Learning page for details of how to apply etc. Non-academics especially welcome!
Westminster Forum seminar
I quite like these seminars. If you don’t mind an intensive morning of many speakers, all experts in their field, they are a good way to get up to speed on the latest thinking in a particular area. On 12th June the focus will be the ICT curriculum, the title of the event being The next steps for the ICT Curriculum: basic skills, computer science and the ‘wiki’ curriculum. With many luminaries from the English educational ICT scene, this is definitely one to attend. Again, you can book online.
Well, that’s it for now. Hope you found this useful.
I’ve just been informed about another couple of conferences that look pretty good.
First of all there is the Northern Grid Conference. That features several people who will be familiar to many in the UK’s educational ICT scene. There are some great-looking talks and, what is really good, most of them seem to be repeated throughout the day. That’s on the 22nd June. The inestimable angry young man Simon (Something better change) Finch is involved, so it’s bound to be good.
Next, the Rethinking ICT day looks interesting. In fact, I’ve watched its development, on and off, over the months, and I like the way the organiser, Chris Leach, has taken a very collegiate approach to the whole thing, with blog posts along the lines of “I’m thinking X, what do you reckon?”. The day looks to be shaping up as a series of ten minute talks in the morning, and a choice of rooms to go to in the afternoon. The idea is that rather than have to agonise over which incredibly useful session to miss, you can (I think) wander in and out as you please, chatting with others with the same focus, and getting your hands on some equipment too if the mood takes you. Best advice: follow the Rethinking ICT blog to check on the latest developments. That’s on the 25th June.
If you know of any other ICT-related conferences coming up in the near future, please leave the information in a comment. Thanks!
A few more conferences have come to my attention, all of which look pretty interesting:
The internet of things: Evolution in Technology and Data, Connectivity and Communication
This conference takes place on 15th May. It looks interesting, with a variety of speakers. It’s run by Inside Government, whose conferences tend to be somewhat intense, but very useful. Look at the conference website for details. I believe that booking is closing soon.
Whose curriculum is it anyway?
Dr John Cuthell writes:
This is a One-Day Conference in Leeds, on 24th May.
MirandaNet and Whole Education offer a 50% discount for MirandaNet members.
MirandaNet is collaborating with Whole Education in an event called 'Whose Curriculum is it Anyway?', to be held at Leeds United Football Club. It opens at 0900.
MirandaNet members will receive 50% discount (Quote: MIR50 on the booking form).
Full details can be found on the MirandaMods page:
and on the Whole Education site:
Dr Christina Preston writes:
Can you join us for the MirandaMod online from Prague? 7th June
If you cannot join us face to face please join on line for the MirandaMod on the 7th June 1600 – 1800 European time.
We are using some new technologies so let me know if you plan to join us and we will help you to register beforehand and try out the new systems.
Here are the resources from the last MirandaMod which was the 3rd May. http://www.mirandanet.ac.uk/mirandamods/2011-2012/the-future-of-learning-series-3/
Can you join us in Prague? 6th – 9th June
For Miranda’s 20th birthday we have invited MirandaNet associates and colleagues from the new Learning Futures Research Centre at the University of Bedfordshire to join us in Prague between the 6th and 9th June. As a result there will be about twenty five participants from Bulgaria, England, Germany, Slovakia, The Czech Republic and The Netherlands. http://www.mirandanet.ac.uk/researchexchange/events-2/how-can-digital-technologies-support-learners-prague-6th-10th-june/
There will be a dinner for the 20 years of MirandaNet on Friday 8th June.
About twenty five of us will be there. We have a couple of rooms left- let me know if you can still come... We will be staying in a converted monestry at Czech prices...
Full gallery of venue is on http://www.hoteladalbert.cz/EN/gallery
Global Education Conference
This is an online conference which lasts a week, from Monday 12th November to Friday 16th November. Look at the conference website for details.
The ALT-C Conference looks interesting. With the somewhat 'edgy' title of "a confrontation with reality", it looks like being a good opportunity to engage in discussions with people outside your own area of expertise. It takes place 11th-13th September. Look at the ALT-C Conference page for details.