School is out for Summer … Conferences are in for Summer

Over Twitter and email, the notices announcing summer conferences have begun to increase as the prime conference season approaches. Some conferences listed below have piqued my interest.  They might also be of interest to others as well.

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ICT in Education Conference, Tipperary Institute

Each year, Tipperary Institute hosts their annual ICT in Education Conference. This year’s theme is Storytelling in Education.  It has a range of talks, workshops as well as plenary and keynote sessions. Last year, Mark Little’s (formerly of RTE) was one of the keynotes. His presentation on social media was probably one of the most interesting presentations I attended last year. This year, the high profile speakers include Christian Payne, Ciaran McCormack and Dermot Casey. CESI will be hosting a CESIMEET on the Friday evening before the conference.
14th May, 2011
Fee: € 30


Re-imagining Learning Conference, Limerick

A two-day conference entitled “Re-imagining Learning: Curriculum integration in the early secondary years” is being organised by Educate Together in partnership with the NCCA and the University of Limerick, for May 13th/14th.
This conference is focused at Junior Cert in second level schools covering a wide range of topics including ICT integration in second-level schools.
13th-14th May, 2011
Fee: €250


LOB11 (Learning on Beach),  Mulranny Co. Mayo

A conference with a difference! An outdoor unconference, with a seanote instead of a keynote. This conference takes place outside, on the beach in Mulranny. If you have an interest in handheld learning, sandcastles (!) and QR codes, this is the conference for you. It is hosted by John Davitt and some interesting attendees have signed up already. There are a number of places left at the moment.
31st May–2nd June, 2011
Fee: €60/£50


Ed Tech 2011 (ILTA conference), Waterford IT

ILTA is the Irish Learning Technology Association, and is a community of researchers, practitioners and industry professionals with a shared interest in technology-enhanced learning across Ireland. They host an annual conference called Ed- Tech which will be held in WIT.
This year’s conference theme is ‘Innovation, Technologies and Practice: Show me the Learning!’
Keynotes for this year’s conference include Finbarr Bradley, Karlin Lillington and Ewan McIntosh.  There are various tracks catering Practitioner Track (Short Papers), Research Track (Research Papers), Practice Exchange and Poster Presentations and Moderated Poster Sessions
1st-2nd June, 2011
Fee: €195


NAIRTL 5th Annual Conference and Galway Symposium on Higher Education, NUI Galway


Engaging Minds: Active learning, participation and collaboration in Higher Education.
This conference will address the following themes: students as co-creators of knowledge, civic engagement and social responsibility, the first year experience, engaging large classes, technology enhanced learning.
June 9th-10th, 2011
Fee: Free


EDEN 2011 Conference, O Reilly Hall UCD

EDEN – the European Distance and E-Learning Network – exists to share knowledge and improve understanding for professionals in distance and e-learning across the whole of Europe. It is celebrating 20 years anniversary this year and it is a huge coup for IADT to get the opportunity to host this event. There is expected to be a teacher related strand/presentations or various workshops.
19th-22nd June, 2011
Fee: €450


Northern Grid Conference, Newcastle

This conference was flagged to me by @stevebunce who is VITAL manager supporting ICT CPD for schools in the Northeast of England. The thing that caught my attention was the number and range of teacher practitioners that are presenting. People like Joe Dale, Lisa Stevens, Ian Addison and Mary Farmer to name just a few. It is probably the nearest to a CESI conference in the North or England
24th June, 2011
Fee: £100


DIVERSE conference, DCU

DIVERSE is a conference focusing on the use of video and videoconferencing in education: teaching, research, management etc. Some of the areas that are also included are the emergence of new possibilities such as “presence production” for learning interactive television, virtual reality and computer games techniques, and handheld access to moving images. Michael Wesch from KSU, better known for his viral Youtube videos “The Machine is Using Us” and “A Vision of Students Today” is one of the Keynote speakers
28th-30th June, 2011
Fee: €450 Early Bird


Channel4 Summer Education conference, London

Ok, this conference is my guilty pleasure of a conference. The conference is held in the offices of Channel 4 and is usually hosted by one of the Channel 4 News team. The conference revolves the role and impact of social media and games in Education. The C4 Education site host a number of social media projects and games aimed at educating and engaging with the 14-19 year cohort.  A lot of what C4 do in this area is accessible to Irish Education. Traditionally it has been the last Thursday in May but as of yet no date has been set.
Cost: Free

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