Diverse 2011 held at DCU

I just attended Diverse 2011 (Developing Innovative Visual Educational Resources For Students Everywhere). This was a really terrific conference with a main aim of enhancing the use of visual media in teaching, learning and creative inquiry.
I found the conference hugely energising and creative and I am inspired with new ideas in relation to teaching here at DIT and ideas for projects. The conference exposed creativity in diverse forms, the 5 senses were engaged at every opportunity through mediums of music, singing, art work and music.

diverse-doll

Funky balloon sculpture of a doll

DCU’s VP for learning innovation Richard Kennedy welcomed all delegates to the conference and from there a range of interesting and engaging presentations from keynotes and practitioners were facilitated.
Roy Pea mentioned 360 degree panoramic cameras within his keynote which are ideal for teacher education and useful tools to enable teacher reflection. The iPhone enabled Kogeto is coming out later this summer and would be ideal for microteaching sessions we facilitate on our Postgrad Diploma programme.
Theo Lynn from DCU explored ‘what does your digital footprint say about you?’ and provided interesting websites so that we could self-monitor our own online brands.
webmii.com is a search tool that show you how the web sees you, similar to performing a ‘google search’ of yourself on the web, but better
http://klout.com/home and http://www.peerindex.net/ both measure your online influence.
Interestingly this tool ‘The Museum of Me’ from Intel is like a automatic portfolio development tool, it integrates with Facebook and shows you the story of your life using Facebook data
Theo also showed this video of Abbey, a 4 year old digital native – I am a digital native and I want it now!

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About Muireann O'Keeffe

I am an educational developer currently working at DCU. I have a passion for researching and evaluating technology that can support and enhance learning. In the past I have taught on Masters programmes (Msc Applied elearning & Postgraduate Diploma in Third level Learning and Teaching) as well as Leadership development programmes.
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