The Computer Education of Ireland Conference ended in Galway yesterday. It was described by many as epic.
The speakers ranged from teacher-practitioners giving of their own valuable classroom experience to keynotes from
- John Naughton, vice-President of Wolfson College, Cambridge and
- Dan Meyer on encouraging perplexity in education.
Dan Meyer was excellent – our own Ted-Talk in Galway! His was possibly one of the most engaging, practical and challenging education/technology presentations I have ever been at.
John Naughton was thought-provoking and controversial. Some attendants did not like what he had to say about teaching certain skills. I liked what he said about Open-Source, data-ownership issues and empowerment of people over technology. I will write about this again.
Anne Looney of the NCCA captured the mood in the room very well as she opened the conference with thoughts around the need for a critical ethical framework around the use of technology.
A s usual ,I was tweeting the event (#cesi40), curating with many others, our observations on the speakers we heard and keeping an eye on proceedings from other rooms, as many back-to-back presentations took place.
The Twitter stream was also followed by many who could not make Galway and by educationalists abroad.
It became evident very quickly that participants in Galway were trying to put faces on people they had only ever met on Twitter, via primarily the edchatie hashtag.
By the time the day was over, this seeking out of people had become a topic for conversation in itself. Many were in agreement, we need to use our own photos on our Twitter profiles.
— Joanne Gilmartin (@joannegilmartin) February 23, 2013
Catherine Cronin has a well referenced piece on her blog called “Enacting digital identity“. Ultimately that comes down to two words Be Yourself.
This has sent me thinking about Anne Looney’s introduction to the conference. In our worries about the internet we sometimes encourage anonymity, putting ourselves and our students out there as face-less people.
Ethically I do not believe this is not a good place to be. Face-less-ness encourages less responsibility.
I gain credibility on Twitter via the quality (usually!) of what I tweet. Followers like quality links and follow me with a purpose. Why not back this up with a photo of who I am?
This post is my first reaction to the CESI conference in Galway. Like many of the participants I am still trying to process all the information and collaboration experienced. Well done to all the organisers and thank you!