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Even more reasons to be cheerful… a reflection on my WEICT12 seminar

By July 5, 2012 2 Comments

Today marked my 3rd visit to the West of England ICT Conference at UWE and I wasn’t disappointed, quite the opposite. For me personally, it provided a clear landmark for me too, for how far I have come on my professional journey since my first visit where I was so inspired by Andy Hutt and Tim Rylands (written about here). Andy’s ‘Reasons to be cheerful’ presentation really gave me some get up and go and so when I was asked to deliver a seminar at this years conference, I was completely bowled over. I felt today like I had even more reasons to be cheerful.

Our presentation kicked off with a short video I made about the learning vision for iPads at Clevedon:

Apart from talking about the pedagogy, I did spend time talking about different apps and how they could be used to support learning. I covered the question of Flash, demonstated the power of Augmented Reality through the use of apps such as Aurasma and the Mona Lisa AR app, bringing the Mona Lisa to life. The possibilities of new ways of learning and teaching through apps such as Explain Everything, Book Creator, Evernote, iMovie and Comic Life. I also talked about the importance of tasks not just being substitution activities but ones that augment and redefine the activities to ensure that deeper learning can take place. 

Here are most of the apps I talked about:

and some more here too:

I finished off the seminar with a quick Space Race in Socrative to show how the iPad could also be used as an AfL tool in the classroom.

If we spoke today and you’re reading this, thank you for the amazing feedback and for taking the time to speak and say hello. Please do get in touch if you have further questions.

Thank you to Val Hurley for asking me to speak in the first place, Wendy Hanrahan for all her help (and patience) in getting things prepped for today. Thank you too to Neil Tuttiett, my buddy for this morning, without whom, I might never have got on the wifi at UWE.


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