Gouda – Day 2

Day 2 was a long and exciting day, and the beginning of the actual conference. We had our first keynote on “ Social Media and Career Development“ in the aula at Antonius College.

Johann Allers, and old journalist-turned-educator from South Africa told us about his youth in SA and how it shaped his future. It was amazing to see „an old guy“ so much in favor of new media, and he is a strong advocat of using the social media to make choices for oneself and one’s life. He made me laugh, when he presented to us a quote by Douglas Adams.

Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty- five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it. Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things

The essence of his key note was that we have to teach kids from a very early age on social media, its potential and also dangers.

Another very important thing I’ve been taught was the difference (yes, there is a difference) between Holland and the Netherlands. The video is very entertaining, so I’d like to share it with you:

I attended three workshops, one of them dealt with the esp project „The image of the other„, a letter project for schools about getting to know the others. It’s really convenient, because at the website you can find the lesson plans for several languages (English, French…).

Next workshop was by my cool nerdy colleague from Gouda/Rotterdam. In his prezi he showed us what tools he uses. I like the fact that he teaches his kids whenever they have a problem with someone on twitter/facebook/… make a screenshot. I never thought about that, but that’s what I do as well. It just never occurred to me that this would be a very good for my students to do when they are in trouble. Of course, he showed us some geek tools as well – the list is long, but I definelty have to give 7scenes a go. A program that lets you create really cool city quests.

The next workshop was my own. It was a little bit short notice, but I think I did ok. I talked about ICT projects I did in the past, and some tools I can recommend. So basically I talked about what I can best. Encourage digital immigrants to try out things which digital natives do in the classroom.

Of course the conference is not only about the workshops, we also compare our systems to each others, this will be a new article, I guess.

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