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ULearn 2008 – The only presentations you will want to see

As always, this years ULearn conference will be chock-full of interesting and topical ICT presentations – but there are two that you won’t want to miss.

Classroom technology legend, Pablo Garcia, and ICT strategy expert, Karen Rolleston, will both be fronting the masses at ULearn with their own distinctive and informative presentations.

Pablo will delve deep into his own research on response solutions and enlighten the audience with his insightful thoughts of how the solutions can effect the way you engage your students. There may even be the chance for you to try out some of the latest response solutions.
Karen on the other hand, will take a detailed look at ICT strategies for the classroom. Looking towards the importance, reasoning, and key inception details behind why every school needs an ICT strategy.

Also, don’t forget to pop in and have a glimpse at the Manzana stand this year. With both 2Touch and WordWall on display it will certainly be worth your time.

The Information

Session One: Continuous student participation: Dream or reality?

Presenters: Pablo Garcia and Karen Rolleston

What: A highly interactive presentation delving into Pablo’s research on response solutions and the effectiveness of their latest developments.

Topic: Engage: a word quick to the lips of any educator today. Unfortunately, it is too often assumed that if students are attentive and engaged, they will learn. The research is unequivocal: learning outcomes do not follow automatically from investment in high engagement technologies.

When: Breakout two
2:15pm, Wednesday the 8th of October

Where: CTH Limes Room (Christchurch Town Hall)

Session Two: Formulating Great ICT Strategies

Presenter: Karen Rolleston

What: Karen puts on a highly interactive workshop/presentation, providing you with guidelines and templates to use when formulating ICT strategy.

Topic: Every school needs an ICT strategy and this workshop explores what you need to know to formulate good strategy that links and integrates the schools teaching and learning goals with ICT.
Good strategy is not about, what we need next, but considers the school, community, teachers and students to overcome challenges and make the most of opportunities.

When: Breakout 5
4pm, Thursday the 9th of October

Where: Cranmer Centre Room 112

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