My second presentation of Ulearn09 was scheduled for breakout 7. In other words the graveyard shift, the penultimate session of the conference when people are at their most tired after three days of exposure to continual innovation, integration, exhibitors, networking and socialising. Prior to the conference I could see that the session was fully booked with the maximum of 25 delegates, I was very pleased with that as the presentation had been marketed in the following way:
90 minutes? So many tools, so little time!
A tool a minute? David will try to illustrate 90 different tools in 90 minutes. With so much on the web being free and a perpetual beta world of trying the coolest thing, it is easy to forget just what is still there or how to effectively use what is already out there in a classroom. In this session David will run through as many free programs, tools and web based utilities as he can in 90 minutes. He will name, document, share the links to and illustrate how he has used the tools in a class situation (or how they could be if he has not). Even if you know of 89 of the tools already, the 90th tool could just be what you are looking for! Come along for a high energy dash through as set of tools that will make a big impact on all areas of your ICT integration strategy, except your budget!
What I was offering was a list, with only a minute per tool this session was going to be far from hands on! Yet it was booked out. I have to say I expected that not many delegates would come to a session so late in proceedings, with planes to catch, conference fatigue and no time to play during the session being the causal factors. Prior to the start of the session and as people were drifting in, I spoke with several of the delegates and they were all really excited at the prospect of this session. Apparently it had been fully booked within minutes of the bookings section of the Ulearn website opening. It was evident that the session had touched a nerve as people came in their droves despite their fatigue. I stopped counting at 50 attendees and several came in just after I launched into my presentation. I hope that all that attended did indeed walk away with at least one tool that they had forgotten, or was new to them and are inspired to integrate that tool into their classroom from Monday onwards. Certainly from the feedback forms that were completed (20) all rated the session and the content very highly and all gave very positive comments, clearly there is a need for this kind of session to be repeated and to more than 50 teachers.
Of course what needs to happen now is for each of these tools to be unpacked in detail in the form of hands on tutorials, practical workshops and integration sessions, a service I am happy to deliver, please call if you would like to discuss this further.