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03 03 07 BarCampScotland

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I spent the afternoon at BarCampScotland BarCamp is an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment.

Organised by Ewan and others it was the first BarCamp in Scotland. Interesting for lots of reasons. The idea is that everyone there should present a short session.
I was there with Robert to talk about ScotEduBlogs (my slides).



Robert Jones and John Johnston
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Robert and I met for lunch at Susie's Wholefood Diner and had a wee yack about ScotEduBlogs, it was great to accually meet Robert after a few months of online collaboration.
I pretty much stuck to education presentations:
Ian Stuart talking about Islay High School amazing project to embed ict in all areas, give all the children an UMPC and lots more. A really exciting project. I had a quick play with one of Ian's UMPCs which was a great tool for children, nice handwriting recognition, they looked really usable and portable.
Digitalkatie talked about giving all the children in her school mobile devices too, another exciting and motivational project.
One of the problems I had was not writing down the location and time of all the speaker at BarCamp. So I was a few minutes late for Tess's discussion of Glow her report of how her pupils took to glow was very reassuring as was the screenshot of the primary pupil view of the portal. I feel a lot more positive about glow after hearing from a real classroom. I am still a bit worried about losing our international audience.

I also watched a couple of nice podcasting presentations and a very interesting higher edu blogging one, unfortunately I didn't get a link from these, due to lack of attention to the speaker boards and the fact I did not take a laptop with me.

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John – your worry about losing the inetrnational audience – is that based on the mistaken assumption that Glow till supplant/replace what you already do, as opposed to the reality,namely, that it will complement what you already do?
John Connell (Email) (URL) - 04 03 07 - 00:44

Hi John,
Yes, I am glad it is mistaken, but I am not sure where all the time will come from if we do both, maybe ACfE will help or maybe I’ve not really though about my timetabling/organisation yet.
As I said Tess really reassured me about glow compared to my own brief use in the first trial period.
John (Email) (URL) - 04 03 07 - 09:10



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