During late March the Intel Education team were fortunate enough to be able to participate in the ICT Educators of NSW 2015 Conference. Running a Maker-Space as well as a BYOD Sandpit, we had the opportunity to speak to educators from across NSW and Australia about issues significant to their classrooms.
What were the Standout Points raised by educators?
- Educators are hungry to embrace innovation and inventing in the classroom and development board computers are the equipment of intrigue and choice
Showcasing the Intel® Galileo the Intel Education team were busy on day 1 brainstorming with educators about the potential of these devices in the classroom. Pete from the Intel team showed just what was possible and Tim Clark from St Joseph’s in Hunters Hill (@timmiclark) brought in his monster bots that will soon be powered by an Intel® Galileo.
Our presence at ICTE complements a 30 school Australia wide seeding program aiming to find out what students and educators can do with the Intel® Galileo. Move over world Intel® Galileo domination is here.
- The Young ICT Explorers are driving the next generation of creativity in Australia
It was not hard to see why the Young ICT Explorers showcase drew the major crowds on Saturday. With ingenious technological solutions to real world problems, these young inventors were candid and confident with their explanations, turning bamboozling technological nouse in to a language mere teachers could understand. Using the power of Arduino’s, parking solutions, recycling monitoring and electronic mind controlled prosthetic limbs demonstrated that students capabilities are only limited by their imagination and determination. A huge congratulations to these young innovators and their mentors!
- The BYOD/ 1:1 crisis in schools is far from over
Participating in a BYOD panel discussion, the issues surrounding the implementation of a 1:1 initiative are wide and complex. What stood out was the determination of educators to secure a bright future for Australian students through the infiltration and normalization of technology. Major challenges surrounded the management of devices as well as device choice. What also stood out was the need to shift focus from the device to the learning. This shift is something Intel champions with reference devices focused on meeting learning needs and educational courses that focus on pedagogy in a digital classroom.
At Intel we believe schools can achieve the most from a BYOD / 1:1 initiative by adopting a student centred project based approach to learning with a device that considers the learning first.
To find out more about a device built for learning take a look at Intel’s reference designs: http://www.intel.com.au/content/www/au/en/education-solutions/new-products.html
To connect with our Project Based Learning Course: http://www.intel.com.au/content/www/au/en/education/k12/pba.html
To learn more about Intel’s 1:1 research, investigate Project RED: http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/education/solutions/project-red.html
The Intel Education team would like to thank ICTE for organizing an awesome conference that drew and connected educators from around Australia. To find out more about ICTE and see a list of their upcoming events and opportunities take a look at their informative site: http://ictensw.org/ or connect with them on twitter