I read with interest Tom Whitby’s reflections on the value of education conferences in his blog My Island View
As a person who organises professional learning experiences for educators I struggle with the notion of the traditional conference. When I attend big events the irony is not lost. Big names talk about new learning paradigms, the role of technology and the new skills required for the 21stC in the context where we all sit in ordered rows as passive learners, with no voice, no collaboration and if the wifi for the venue is too expensive, no connectivity.
I am now observing that commercial conference organisers have identified a gap in the market and have jumped in, with both feet. They have the commercial acuity and financial backing to get the international top name speakers – and I mean the biggest names going around, that will attract both the registrations and…
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