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About topgold

Lecturer in creative multimedia. Multi-engine instructor pilot. Irish drone operator. Husband. Jogger. Father.

#makermeet 2016 in Thurles

Numberphile in action

Learning how to make the most with a single cut.

A spirited Maker Meet kicks off the 2016 ICT in Education Conference on Friday evening at 7PM in Thurles. All the usual suspects plan to bring an assortment of creative objects and by 9PM, Twitter and Facebook will be filled with clever things to inspire teachers who want to show young people how to create with paper, scissors, small batteries, LEDs, pipe cleaners and Googly eyes.

In a first for Ireland, each 20 minute session of the Maker Meet will have on-scene reporting with live chat served by Facebook Live Video. Listen to @ictedu on Twitter and the ICT in Education Conference on Facebook for the way you can watch and comment on the action.

Rewinding the ictedu Archives

While talking to third level students about the 2016 ICT in Education Conference the discussion meandered into the archives of the annual event. We started sharing how technology has advanced the way we teach and learn. We’re not far away from the days of chalk dust and board time.

Amish School Run

I remember school runs behind horse-drawn buggies in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The Amish schools throughout the States will always have those chalk boards and personal slates. Decades ago, the mathematics teacher in the high school I attended enthusiastically had everyone in our class stand side-by-side working out quadratic equations with chalk. I had relegated those moments to my failing memory until I read a piece by Kevin Dwanealong with his team Laura Pigott, Sean Jordan and Marta Casalini. It’s a memory filled with chalk dust and jerky video footage.

Kevin’s lovely recollection will surface on the ICTEDU blog. Spoiler alert: #CloudNotChalk.

(Photo by @topgold in Lancaster County, PA.)