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Top Takeaways From TeachTechPlay 2018

By April 22, 2018 No Comments

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Kathleen Morris

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*This post first appeared on Kathleen’s blog Primary Tech.

 

I’ve just returned from two fabulous full days of learning at the TeachTechPlay conference. This grassroots event is held annually at Ivanhoe Grammar in Melbourne. It’s certainly one of the best conferences I’ve been to!

Why?

The main reasons are:

  • It was well organised by local teachers: Eleni Kyritsis, Corey Aylen, Steve Brophy and their helpers.

  • It was held at a fantastic location (it’s always fun to explore other schools!).

  • The sessions were excellent and there was a mix of presentations and hands-on PD.

  • The attendees were very friendly and open to connecting which is one of the core missions of the conference.

Here are a few takeaways from the sessions I attended.

 

Kasey Bell

Kasey (aka @ShakeUpLearning) presented a keynote and I also attended her workshop on Google Slides. I can see why she has such a big following! I liked the way her messages are easy to understand and implement. If you’re interested in anything Google, Kasey’s website is a great resource.

In her keynote, Kasey talked about the importance of entrepreneurship. She showed this great video of 12 year old Alex Knoll who shared an app he created on the Ellen show.

It’s amazing that Alex’s initiative was recognised on such a grand scale. What’s also amazing is the fact that he did this outside of school hours.

Can we allow for innovation and entrepreneurship inside of school hours too?

Kasey also talked about the importance of opening your classroom to the world.

Y.E.S.

Global collaboration was the topic of the second presentation I gave.

Kasey’s session on Google Slides was fantastic. Even though I’ve used this tool many times, I’m no expert and there’s nothing like someone running you through the possibilities in person!

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