The now traditional TeachMeet went ahead on the Friday evening before the conference. I was presenting on our new Digital Champions Engagement Toolkit that was published the following week as part of the All Aboard! Project. Though the resource was written for higher education, there seemed to be a keen interest from attendees to adapt it to their own needs in their own sectors.
The TeachMeet runs at a rapid pace, so it's usually best to Tweet or take notes to follow up on later. Presentations were ride ranging - from social justice, to computer science, and to slowing down. Follow the hashtag for more.
The conference theme was anchored heavily on the past and present, and CESI's role in shaping the use of technology in Irish education. The keynotes involved Richard Millwood as the leader of the CESI.CS Community of Practice, and Elizabeth Oldham as the CESI historian. The underlying debate came back to computers, in education or otherwise, being firmly about the people that use them.
Mantra in the early years ... Computers are about people. Still very valid today #cesicon pic.twitter.com/y28AiK6i3O— Pam (@pamelaaobrien) March 10, 2018
Bea drew a crowd, and engaged the audience. The debate around open textbooks seemed to centre around quality, and that assumption was quickly quashed as we looked at the success and quality of other OERs.Do we even like textbooks? Talking open textbooks and open pedagogy with @celTatis at #CESIcon. Let students act as co-creators of knowledge. #OER pic.twitter.com/lzPGauBebJ— Kate Molloy (@hey_km) March 10, 2018
Joanna Norton looked at 21st century learning and some of the obstacles we face, like the exams system, privilege, and social justice.
Orna Farrell from DCU shared an OER that she created called The History Lab for her distance learning students, and also the wider education community.The elephant in the room in teacher development - exams system! Looking at 21st century learning with @joannapnorton at #cesicon pic.twitter.com/y24CDMOiGy— Kate Molloy (@hey_km) March 10, 2018
Looking at the #OER https://t.co/gf5lMgKw40 with @orna_farrell at #cesicon. Includes guide of resources, video tutorials, and student voices. pic.twitter.com/DgPmTjCQNp— Kate Molloy (@hey_km) March 10, 2018
Domain of One's Own, and as a bountiful resource, it should indeed be shared widely.
Stephen Howell finished the day with a capstone looking toward the future, and the human applications for the tools we're using.
As always, the CESI conference proved to be absolutely exhausting, and absolutely exhilarating. The CESI community is strong, and with the advent of Leaving Certificate Computer Science this year, only gaining momentum.@saorog , Academic Program Manager @Microsoftirl , on creative #coding #algorithmic art and using #data to make decisions in education- where do we build new schools? which schools are teaching? #computerscience #STEM #CESICon #edchatie pic.twitter.com/aKjtNoyKvK— Sarah-Jayne Carey (@sjayc) March 10, 2018