Despite the obvious bait, I'm not going to furnish you with a reply to your comments about Victorian values; suffice to say, I believe you know full well what I meant.
FWIW - in the main, I don't disagree with you regarding the conference and what it can bring - let's hope it meets your expectations and in turn those of the people who are actually affected the most by the wheelers, dealers and decision makers. Namely those who have to use the devices and those who have to support them.
Myself, I've always attend such events (and as a freelance technician having worked for a conference management company, I have attended dozens of conferences) with a bit of a cynical attitude. I tend to go in not too excited by it all and if I'm honest, a bit 'anti' it all. I've witnessed first hand how deals are done and let's be honest, profit is bottom line. There are going to be 'independent' people there who undoubtedly have more than a advisory interest in the technology, and who will tell you till they go blue in the face why we apparently need "change".
Lord knows, Cameron has adopted that damn "change" word himself, so I expect it will become something we will all have to embrace at work, play and wherever else we might be expected to do something different where we were previously getting by without any real bother.
"Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything", said George Bernard Shaw, and i agree with him, but I also don't want "change" shoved down my throat. I want that change thought about, mulled over and questioned. Then I want it changed to address the concerns raised so that the change becomes a change that is for the better, not a change that someone else decided was needed because "change" happened to be corporate buzz word of the month. </rant>
Anyway, I digress - aside from your comments at the top of the discussion, I regard you as otherwise an intelligent person, and I've little doubt (and to be honest, have quiet enthusiasm) that you will be impartial to the business of who can provide the biggest bung to get the latest gadget into the classroom and perhaps we can have a blog on your findings when you return?
As an aside, some of us don't actually get to hear about, or are ever made aware of such conferences until it is too late to attend. Is there a one stop 'notice board' where conference dates etc can be posted?
GrumbleDook (12th May 2010)
@theeldergeek : damn you for spotting my cunning troll ;-) Only ever intended to provoke discussion and highlight that the 'traditional' ideas of teaching may have been fit for purpose then but need to be re-evaluated for the present day. Offence not intended and thank you for taking it in the spirit it was meant.
Unfortunately I can't think of a single place where all the conferences are put. There used to be a calendar section on here for events (non-subscribable unfortunately) in the days of yore (EG v1) but it was left to only ahandful to put things on... and of course died a death due to time constraints. We also have the problem of whether folk just want technical events or whether educational events would be good too. Personally I think stick it all on.
BCS has an events calendar but it is behind the login screen ... the one that used to be in IT Week is now gone in Computing ... TES don't do one either ... Becta, SSAT and DCSF events are non-subscribable too ... do you see a trend here? I did look at putting together a calendar (aimed at people wanting to find out about TeachMeets mainly but also so i could let folk know about local IT Meetings and regional EMBC events) but it was to dependent on just me ... But since you have sparked it off in my mind again I will pop over to comments and suggestions to see if we can have a subscribable calendar on here (iCal / jCal compatible?) which people can add suggested events on to (possibly even sponsors can notify of events they are holding?)
The ipad comes with ts own version office... well not office but apples equivelant. can you join it to a domain and allow users to logon to it. the other thing is internet issues, what about internet access, how would you know who accessed what and when, remembering that we have a duty to protect all children. etc etc
I like to know whats going on, when, how, why etc... probably over the top.
Reading some of the comments on various lists about what Keynote is like on it I am not that impressed. The AppleKeynote group on yahoo (applekeynote : The Keynote Users Group) rips it apart ... basically for those used to the full feature set of Keynote on a Mac then Keynote on the iPad is a let down, and I have heard similar on Numbers and Pages too. As basic tools they will do just fine, but for any serious user then they are unlikely to be happy. To some extent I felt that way about trying to using Office apps on windows mobile. I just had to accept the limitations. However, I am impressed with The Elements and there are other apps that are quite good on the iPhone / iPod, such as Animoto videos and AudioBoo, which could be even better on the iPad. Seadragon mobile is also very nice too. I am waiting to see what happens with Prezi as well.
What would be the general consensus if this was a Windows-based slate device perhaps like the one HP was going to release? Would everything be magically Ok even though it was identical apart from the OS?
HodgeHi (12th May 2010)
But that wasnt the original point, we said this so called person was a photoshop/photography wiz but lacked the "core" skills, so to get on in life they must have an C or better in English or Science?
A basic education will help, I agree, but if you are good in another area its not as important. Where your point is valid is when someone leaves with no skills.
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